Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Clay Tucker Back In Europe

Clay Tucker has officially singed with Hacettepe University in Turkey.

Tucker was with Valencia Basket in Spain earlier this year before returning to the U.S.

The move further extends a long and successful career for Tucker in Europe. The 2003 Horizon League Tournament MVP and UWM’s all-time leading scorer played last season for Lottomatica Roma in the Italian SerieA, averaging 15.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game. That came after Tucker played for Real Madrid in Spain in 2010-11. There, he averaged 8.5 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game in 40 regular season outings, helped his team to the league final. Tucker also played 23 games in Euroleague, averaging nearly nine points per game and helping Real Madrid into the semifinals.

Tucker has played also professionally in France (Le Mans), Greece, Poland, Russia (Khimky), Sweden, Ukraine (BC Kyiv), Spain (FIATC Joventut and Cajasol), Italy (BancaTercas) and in the D-League (Arkansas RR).

He remains highly respected in Europe, according to the latest EuroBasket scouting report.

“An athletic guard who can shoot from the perimeter and score on penetration. Passes the ball very well, defends exceptionally well on the passing lines. Has now matured to a team leader, wants the ball in clutch moments of the game and is a good rebounder for his size. Ready for top European teams.”