March 3, 2008

Tucker hands out an assist in recruiting

His mind was probably thinking about a huge rivalry game coming up on Monday, but Anthony Tucker also knew that this past weekend was an important one for future of his college choice, so he made the drive from Minnetonka to Iowa City to do what any good guard wants to do, give an assist, this time to the recruiting efforts of the Iowa program.

"I hope we can get both of those guys," Tucker said. "It was fun to get down there on Saturday and meet the two recruits and also get together with Matt (Gatens) and JW (John Lickliter)."

During his brief stay in Iowa City, Tucker did a bit of recruiting in hopes that that Aaron Fuller and Chris Babb would pick the Hawkeyes and become his future teammates. The feedback he received from both appears to be positive.

"I talked to Aaron Fuller's dad quite a bit about why I picked Iowa and why I liked them. He said he felt a lot of the same things as well. He said he thinks Iowa would be a great fit for him. When I talked to Chris (Babb) I talked about the changes that I expect going to college and what that may be like."

But front and center in Tucker's mind was also a huge game with Hopkins on Monday night, which is a clash between two of the top high school programs in the state that also happen to be located in the same town, Minnetonka.

"They beat us by four the last time we played," Tucker said. "This time we have to go on the road and it is already sold out, so it will be a big time environment."

This season, Tucker has averaged nearly 20 points a game for Minnetonka and he knows that to win this game, they will have to play smart basketball.

" We have to take care of the basketball, make shots, and keep our composure. I don't think we did a very good job of that last time because we were up ten and then they went on a 19-2 run to close out the first half. If we do those things this time, I think we have a great shot."

The unfortunate part of the state tournament, which gets underway shortly in Minnesota, is that Hopkins and Minnetonka are in the same sectional, so a third meeting between the two heavyweights is expected and only one will move on in tournament play.

Once his season is over, Tucker said that the Iowa coahes have already given their gameplan to him for getting prepared for college basketball.

"They are just telling me that they can't wait for me to get there and that I need to continue to work hard once my season is over and be ready when I get down there," he said. "I am just glad that there will be a group of players there in the fall that have been though a year in the system and I can come in and hopefully fit in right away with them."


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