Sunday, April 19, 2009

Deacons land guard prospect

Wake Forest's men's basketball team may have gotten some immediate help at guard this week when former Kentucky commitment Konner Tucker signed with the Deacons.

The 6-foot-4 Tucker led 26-6 Jacksonville (Texas) Lon Morris College with 16 points per game last season as a freshman.

Tucker graduated from Fort Worth (Texas) Paschal High in 2008 with a 4.1 grade point average.

He has three years of eligibility remaining and can play during the 2009-10 season.

Tucker had made a verbal commitment to former Kentucky coach Billy Gillispie but resumed the recruiting process when Gillispie was let go and replaced by John Calipari.

"Konner embodies everything that a Wake Forest basketball player is; he is an outstanding student, a high character individual and a terrific player," Wake Forest coach Dino Gaudio said in a release. "His basketball savvy, toughness and his ability to shoot the ball from long distance will help our basketball team immensely."

Tucker is the first junior college player to transfer to Wake Forest since East Wake alum Sean Allen joined the Deacons from Anderson Junior College prior to the 1994-95 season.

-- Tim Stevens, (Raleigh) News & Observer

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