Ex-Gopher Rico Tucker Gets Plenty of Interest

Rico Tucker, who will transfer from Minnesota at the end of the school year, is getting plenty of interest from several top programs, according to his father Terry. Tucker, a 6-foot sophomore guard from San Diego, averaged 4.5 points, 1.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game this season.

Rico Tucker, who sat out the first four regular-season games because of academic problems, played in 27 games and started two for the Gophers this season. He had a season-high 17 points against Wisconsin.

"We just wanted to try something different," Terry Tucker told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "Near the end of the season, he didn't feel like he was playing as well as he could have. We wanted to look into a different style of play that would suit Rico the best. Coach Monson understood and wanted what was best for Rico."

Terry said that schools such as Missouri, San Diego, Creighton, UTEP, Fresno State and Arizona State among others have been in contact. Missouri has been mentioned as having a lead in Tucker's recruitment. Terry admitted that the style of play that new Tiger head coach Mike Anderson used at his previous job at UAB is intriguing.

"He plays the fastest 40 minutes in basketball and Rico is fast. Plus UAB played Minnesota this past season."

Tucker had committed to San Diego as a high school junior before deciding to re-open his recruitment.

Tucker averaged 5.8 points, 1.5 rebounds as a freshman and led all Big Ten freshmen with 1.4 steals a game. But his playing time decreased toward the end of the season after a bout with Graves' disease, which affects the thyroid gland.

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