Anthony Tucker Gets Recruiting Interest

Anthony Tucker, a 6-foot-4 rising junior shooting guard from Minnetonka (MN) High, has attracted the attention of several top programs, including Minnesota, which caught his games with the 43 Hoops AAU team in the Hoosier Shootout. Tucker was the leading scorer for 43 Hoops, which won the 16-and-under title. GoldenSports.Net recently caught up with Tucker to learn the latest on his recruitment.

Anthony Tucker, who is perhaps one of the top players in the state for the Class of 2008, led the Skippers to an 9-17 mark this past season as they have faced what could be the state's most difficult schedule. Tucker has had four games of more than 30 points and six more contests of more than 20 points. He scored a season-high 38 points versus Henry Sibley as Minnesota head coach and director of operations James Ware was in attendance. Tucker scored in double figures in 21 of 22 games and averaged 20.6 points per game for the Skippers. Tucker missed two games, due to conduct detrimental to the team.
Tucker left the court during the Skippers' game versus Grand Rapids after a disagreement with Minnetonka head coach Jon Hedstrom. He was held out of the Skippers' 65-63 loss to Wayzata and 73-66 loss to Armstrong after being suspended due to conduct to detrimental to the team.
Tucker was the Skippers' leading returning scorer after averaging 14.1 points per game as a freshman. Tucker shot better than 41% from three-point range and pulled down 3.5 rebounds per game in 2004-05. Tucker was the first freshman to be named unanimous all-conference in the Classic Lake Conference.
The Skippers are led by fellow classmates C.J. Erickson and Andy Burns. The 6-foot-6 Erickson became a starter in the middle of his freshman season, but broke his foot in early February. He had a strong sophomore campaign as he averaged 13 points per game. Burns averaged 12.2 points at the point guard spot.
Tucker told GoldenSports.Net that he is hearing from Florida, Wisconsin, Virginia Tech, Iowa State and Minnesota. Gopher assistant coach Jim Molinari caught one of Tucker's games in Indianapolis and Vic Couch was present at four of the contests.
Tucker has yet to receive a scholarship offer, but that could change with his recent strong play.
Tucker said that he will play with 43 Hoops in the Double Pump Tournament in Chicago, the adidas Super 64 in Las Vegas and the Best of the Summer in Los Angeles.

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