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Rico Tucker
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Rico Tucker

Hometown:
San Diego, Calif.

High School:
University High

Last College:
Minnesota

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 190

Position:
Guard

Experience:
2V

CAREER: In two seasons at Pepperdine, averaged 6.9 points, 2.5 assists and 1.6 rebounds in 18.6 minutes ... Also averaged 1.5 steals per game, which ranks eighth on the school's career records list ... Played in 54 games and started 23 ... Over four Division I seasons, which included two years at Minnesota, played in 113 games and averaged 6.0 points, 2.0 assists and 1.4 steals.

PEPPERDINE 2008-09: Came back from a knee injury as a senior ... Played in 25 games, starting two ... Averaged 2.4 points, 1.7 assists and 0.6 steals in 11.4 minutes ... Starts came vs. Pacific and on Senior Day vs. San Francisco ... Best game of the season came against Buffalo in the Rainbow Classic, as he had season highs of 14 points and 28 minutes in addition to five assists and two steals ... Other season highs were seven assists (vs. Georgia Tech) and three steals (vs. UC Irvine).

PEPPERDINE 2007-08: Averaged 10.7 points and had team bests of 3.2 assists and 2.2 steals as a junior ... Played in 29 games, starting 21, and averaged 24.8 minutes ... Missed the final three games of the season after injuring his knee at San Diego ... Led the WCC in steals and finished sixth in assists, ninth in free throw percentage (.750) and 15th in scoring ... Had 65 steals, which ranks fifth on Pepperdine's single-season list ... Reached double-figures in scoring 16 times, including 10 of his final 11 games ... Led the team in assists 15 times ... Averaged 9.3 ppg before the coaching change and 12.9 after it ... Scored a season-high 24 points and went 11-for-12 from the free throw line at Montana State ... Was named to the all-tournament team at Montana State after averaging 16.5 ppg in two games ... His best WCC performance was 19 points in the home win vs. Santa Clara ... Scored all 17 of his points in the second half of a comeback win at Portland, including eight in a game-ending 10-0 run ... Had season highs of eight rebounds (at Oregon), seven assists (at Pacific and at Santa Clara), five steals (at Pacific and at Loyola Marymount) and 35 minutes (vs. Santa Clara).

PEPPERDINE 2006-07: Redshirted his first year in Malibu due to NCAA transfer rules.

MINNESOTA 2005-06: Appeared in 27 games, starting two, as a sophomore at the University of Minnesota ... Averaged 4.5 points, 1.1 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.1 steals in 14.1 minutes ... Scored in double-figures four times ... Had season highs of 17 points (vs. Wisconsin), three rebounds (several times), six assists (vs. Grambling), six steals (vs. Coastal Carolina) and 28 minutes (vs. UNLV) ... Minnesota appeared in the NIT ... Had four points in 12 minutes vs. Wake Forest and zero points in 10 minutes at Cincinnati.

MINNESOTA 2004-05: Played in all 32 games, starting four, as a true freshman at Minnesota ... Contributed 5.8 points, 1.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.4 steals in 17.1 minutes ... Led all Big Ten freshmen and was 10th overall in steals ... Scored in double-figures 10 times, including a season-high 17 vs. Loyola Marymount ... Scored 11 points in each of his first two games vs. Lipscomb and Furman ... Had season highs of six rebounds (vs. Loyola Marymount), six assists (vs. Oklahoma), five steals (vs. Purdue) and 27 minutes (several times) ... Team lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to Iowa State ... Did not score in seven minutes.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from University High School in San Diego, Calif., in 2004 ... Named an All-American, the CIF Division III Player of the Year and an all-state first team member in 2004 ... Ranked as the 80th-best player in the nation and the 10th best in California by The Sporting News and StudentSports.com ... Rated the 12th-best player at the NBA Camp by Bob Gibbons ... A three-time all-state and four-time all-conference selection ... Averaged 27 points as a senior, 25 points as a junior and 18 points as a sophomore ... Played football for two seasons.

PERSONAL: Born in Cleveland, Ohio ... Son of Terry and Tammy Tucker ... Father is the basketball coach at Crawford High in San Diego ... Has three siblings: Tyler (a former Pepperdine teammate), Raquel and Tiarah ... Majoring in advertising ... Has a 46-inch vertical leap.

FAVORITES: Enjoys video games, freestyle rap and music ... Lists his sports hero as Michael Jordan ... Favorite pro basketball player is Kobe Bryant ... Favorite pro basketball team is the Los Angeles Lakers ... Favorite TV show is The Sopranos.

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