Tucker Headed For Winston-Salem

DeaconSports has confirmed that JUCO combo guard Konner Tucker has committed to Wake Forest. Tucker, who was previously committed to Kentucky, visited Wake at the end of this week and pulled the trigger...

"Yeah that's true," Konner Tucker said. "I committed yesterday on my visit. Obviously I had committed to Kentukcy and we had the [coaching] change and I de-committed. [Wake] jumped in pretty quick. I've always had a great interest in them. It's a great academic school and a great school that's produced a lot of good NBA guys. The players are great and the coaches are all classy guys. I love to play basketball and it felt great to me as it had the things I take pride in, academics and basketball."

Tucker spoke more on his visit to Wake Forest. "I flew in Thursday morning," Tucker said, "and I was going to stay through [Saturday] but got back last night for Easter instead. I met pretty much everyone. All the players, I played pick-up Thursday with them, and I met the coaches."

"It's amazing. It's really really nice place. They have great facilities. Their gym is big-time and you don't get much bigger basketball than at Wake Forest."

Tucker, who lists himself at 6'4, 180, has played the point guard the past few years but is known as a top notch scorer. "I was a point guard but also a scorer," he said. "I averaged about 30 a game in high school and was point guard [averaging around 17 per game] and at Lon Morris . I know we have Teague and Ishmael so they're looking at me more for the 2 and 3 on the wing. Whatever position they put me, I'm going to play it and do it to the best of my ability.

Tucker, who shot well above 40% from three this past year and above 80% from the line, will add another dimension to the Demon Deacons squad, a unit that has lacked a big-time three point shooter in recent years. Although he admits that JUCO ball is not the ACC, JUCO basketball did help prepare him for what he is about to face in one of the nation's best conferences.

"I played in a region which is voted the toughest region for JUCO basketball in the nation," he said. "I played against a ton of teams that were ranked nationally like us. I played guys that are going to Texas Tech, Marquette, California, Auburn so I don't think it will be a huge change. Of course, we're talking about UNC, Duke, and schools like that so I'll have to work very hard.

Tucker, who has three years of eligibility at Wake Forest, still had three official visits remaining prior to deciding on Wake Forest but that he felt it was time to commit. "I had all these schools wanting me to visit and offers from schools like Oklahoma State, Kentucky, Marquette, California, Cincinnati, Witchita State, a bunch of D-Is. I just loved Wake and thought it was time to commit."

I think [Wake's coaches] were surprised I [committed] with it just being my second visit and having three more to go," he continued. "I think they thought I would take more visits but it really just felt like it was the right place. I talked to my brother, dad, and coaches back home and it was too good to pass up."

"I'm going to work as hard as I can and do the best I can. L.D. Williams and Ishmael were my hosts and they were really good guys and take pride in Wake Forest basketball. That definitely had an impact on me and it felt like a good fit all around. I'm all set, signing April 15. Done deal."

Stay tuned to DeaconSports for more from Tucker's commitment.


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