|"BOSMAN" Tuck looks to Europe
Michael Tuck is a true man of the world..
.. .. He’s a Canadian who spent the past six years developing his basketball game in the United States. He started since his freshman year for Loyola (Maryland) and helped turned around a 1-27 team to a program on the rise, helping the Greyhounds to a 19-14 record in his senior campaign. Now Tuck, the Canadian power forward who starred in the American collegiate circuit, will take his European-style game (big man who can shoot) AND his European passport, looking to cross the Atlantic and embark on a European professional career with Court Side representation. The 2,01 m (6’7), 104 kg (230 lbs.) Tuck, who is a native of Toronto, Canada, played for six years in the U.S. (he spent a year at basketball powerhouse prep school Maine Central Institute before being recruited to Loyola). He has Bosman A status in Europe as he also possesses a British passport. A well rounded player, who can shoot, play inside, and play outside, Tuck averaged 11,8 points and 7,2 rebounds per game this season for the Greyhounds, while shooting 51% from the field. He does a lot of the dirty work (boxing out, rebounding, setting picks and diving for loose balls), but he can also be productive when he gets his touches. Solid fundamentals, with good mobility and verticality, Tuck is a shooter (he shot 52% from 3 as a junior, 33% from behind the arc as a senior), who should blossom on the European stage. He was named All-Conference (third team) this season in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, helping Loyola to a third place finish in league. Among the standout performances for Mike this past season was a 22 point, 16 rebound showing in Loyola’s 62-57 win over St. Peter’s. He had a high game of 23 points twice this season, against Siena and New Jersey Tech, respectively. Tuck possesses good hands, some athleticism, mental toughness and a strong knowledge of the game. He already participated in his native Canada’s national team program this summer and he’s looking forward to playing in Europe this coming season.