P.J. Tucker (2004-06)
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Two-year starter and three-year squad member who saw time both on the wing and in the power forward role ... played in 87 career games, making 69 starts ... declared for the 2006 NBA Draft following his junior season ... ranks 18th in UT history in career scoring (1,169) ... ranks eighth in school history in rebounding (714) ... ranks tied for fifth in school history with 28 career double- doubles ... claimed second-team All-America honors (AP, USBWA) and garnered consensus Big 12 Player of the Year accolades in his junior season ... has earned Big 12 Player of the Week honors six times in his career which ties a conference record ... honorable mention All-Big 12 selection as a freshman (coaches) ... named to the Big 12 All-Freshman team.
As a Junior in 2005-06
One of 10 finalists for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, given by the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) to the national college player of the year ... one of 22 players named to the Wooden Award list of finalists ... Second-team All-America selection (AP, USBWA, FoxSports.com) ... Third-team All- America selection (NABC) ... consensus Big 12 Player of the Year ... All-Big 12 First Team selection (coaches and media) ... Big 12 All-Defensive Team selection (coaches) ... named to the five-person Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship All-Tournament team ... named to the NCAA Atlanta Regional All-Tournament team ... USBWA District VII Player of the Year ... first-team NABC All-District 9 selection ... four-time Big 12 Player of the Week recipient (Dec. 5, Jan. 2, Jan. 9, Feb. 27) ... co-team MVP with LaMarcus Aldridge ... team tri-captain ... started all 37 games during the season ... led the team in scoring (16.1 ppg), rebounding (9.5 rpg), steals (66), field goals made (225), free throws made (142), minutes played (34.5 mpg) and double-figure scoring games (31) ... his 353 rebounds on the year ranked as the fourth-best single-season total in UT history ... tied for the team and conference lead in double-doubles (16) ... ranked second in field goal percentage (.515) and double-figure rebounding games (18) ... led the team in scoring in 13 games (second on the team) and rebounding in 18 games (first on the team) ... posted ten 20- point games ... opened the year with 18 points (7-of-11 FG) and seven boards in 23 minutes against Southern (Nov. 15) ... posted 22 points (7-of-10 FG), eight rebounds and a season-high five steals in 25 minutes against Samford (Nov. 16) ... registered 19 points (8-of-12 FG) and nine boards in 36 minutes in the semifinal win against No. 13 West Virginia in the Guardians Classic (Nov. 21) ... tallied 19 points (9-of-9 FG), four rebounds and four steals in 29 minutes against Louisiana-Monroe (Nov. 26) ... recorded 19 points (6-of-13 FG) and 11 boards in 34 minutes against Texas-Pan American (Nov. 29) ... followed with 20 points (6-of-9 FG), a game-high 10 boards and four assists against Texas- Arlington (Dec. 3) ... named Big 12 Player of the Week (Dec. 5) by averaging 19.5 ppg and 10.5 rpg in the wins over Texas-Pan American and Texas-Arlington ... recorded 20 points (9-of-17 FG), 11 rebounds and five assists in 36 minutes against Tennessee (Dec. 17) ... scored 17 points (8-of-12 FG), pulled down nine rebounds and dished out four assists in 31 minutes against Texas State (Dec. 22) ... had season highs with 26 points (10-of-12 FG) and six assists to go along with 11 rebounds in 27 minutes against Prairie View A&M (Dec. 30) ... tabbed Big 12 Player of the Week (Jan. 2) for his efforts against Prairie View A&M ... followed with game highs of 24 points (8-of-17 FG) and 13 boards in the win at No. 4 Memphis (Jan. 2) ... started league play with 24 points and 15 rebounds in 33 minutes against Colorado (Jan. 7) ... named National Player of the Week by both ESPN.com and FoxSports.com and Big 12 Player of the Week (Jan. 9) by averaging 24.0 ppg and 14.0 rpg in the wins against No. 4 Memphis and Colorado ... recorded 17 points (7-of-9 FT) and seven rebounds in 28 minutes against Iowa State (Jan. 9) ... pulled down nine boards while playing all 40 minutes in the win over No. 3 Villanova (Jan. 14) ... registered 16 points (7-of-10 FG), seven rebounds, four assists and three steals in 37 minutes against Texas Tech (Jan. 17) ... tallied 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals in 31 minutes against Oklahoma State (Jan. 23) ... scored 14 points (6-of-9 FG), pulled down five boards and dished out three assists while playing all 40 minutes at No. 24 Oklahoma (Jan. 28) ... had 20 points (10- of-15 FG) and 12 rebounds in 35 minutes at Missouri (Feb. 1) ... recorded 25 points (9-of-11 FT) and 12 rebounds while playing all 40 minutes against Texas A&M (Feb. 4) ... scored 18 points (6-of- 7 FT), pulled down a career-high 17 rebounds and tied a season high with five steals while playing all 40 minutes at Texas Tech (Feb. 6) ... pulled down 11 boards in 23 minutes against Nebraska (Feb. 11) ... registered 21 points (6-of-9 FG, 9-of-10 FT), six rebounds and four assists in 31 minutes against Baylor (Feb. 14) ... recorded 14 points (7-of-13 FG) and 12 rebounds in 39 minutes at Kansas State (Feb. 22) ... tallied 19 points (7-of-8 FT), eight rebounds and seven assists in 37 minutes against No. 16 Kansas (Feb. 25) ... earned Big 12 Player of the Week honors (Feb. 27) by averaging 16.5 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 5.0 apg and 2.5 spg while converting 13-of-26 (.500) field goals in the wins against Kansas State and No. 16 Kansas ... tallied 13 points (4-of-7 FG) and eight rebounds in 32 minutes against No. 19 Oklahoma (Mar. 5) ... named to the five-person Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship All- Tournament team, averaging 17.3 ppg, 11.3 rpg and 4.0 apg during the three contests ... recorded 10 points and 13 rebounds while playing all 40 minutes against Texas Tech in the Big 12 Championship quarterfinal (Mar. 10) ... tied a season high with 26 points and pulled down 13 rebounds in 39 minutes against Texas A&M in the Big 12 Championship semifinal (Mar. 11) ... registered 16 points and eight rebounds in 38 minutes against No. 17 Kansas in the Big 12 Championship title game (Mar. 12) ... posted four double-doubles and averaged 14.8 ppg and 12.5 rpg during UT's four NCAA Tournament contests ... tallied 17 points (6- of-12 FG) and 12 rebounds while playing all 40 minutes against Penn in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament (Mar. 17) ... recorded 17 points, 11 rebounds and four assists in 36 minutes against N.C. State in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament (Mar. 19) ... one of five players named to the NCAA Atlanta Regional All-Tournament team, averaging 12.5 ppg, 13.5 rpg and 5.0 apg against West Virginia and LSU ... registered 15 points, 14 rebounds and four assists in 36 minutes against No. 22 West Virginia in the NCAA Regional Semifinal (Mar. 23) ... tallied 10 points, 13 rebounds and six assists in a career-high 44 minutes against No. 19 LSU in the NCAA Regional Final (Mar. 25).
As a Sophomore in 2004-05
Started 16 of UT's first 17 games to begin the year before becoming academically ineligible on Jan. 20 ... was allowed to practice with the team for the remainder of the year but was not eligible for competition ... led the team in scoring (13.7 ppg), rebounding (8.0 rpg), double-doubles (five) and minutes played (29.4 mpg) through the first 17 games ... two-time Big 12 Player of the Week (Dec. 20 and Jan. 3) ... led the team in scoring eight times ... posted three 20-point games and seven double-digit rebound performances ... started the season with 18 points (8-of-10 FG) and a season- high four steals in 28 minutes against Texas State (Nov. 19) ... followed with his first double-double of the year with 15 points (6- of-10 FG) and 11 rebounds against Chaminade (Nov. 22) in the EA Sports Maui Invitational opening round ... grabbed 10 boards in 25 minutes against Coppin State (Nov. 29) ... recorded 17 points, 10 rebounds and four steals in 31 minutes against UTArlington (Dec. 15) ... tied his career high with 27 points (11-of- 13 FG, 5-of-6 FT) and added a season-best 14 boards at No. 6 Wake Forest (Dec. 18) ... earned Big 12 Player of the Week (Dec. 20), averaging 22.0 ppg and 12.0 rpg against UT-Arlington and Wake Forest ... had a career-high five assists against Centenary (Dec. 22) ... scored 21 points and grabbed 12 boards in 27 minutes against UT-San Antonio (Dec. 29) ... followed with team highs of 25 points and 10 boards against UNLV (Jan. 2) ... tabbed Big 12 Co-Player of the Week (Jan. 3), averaging 23.0 ppg and 11.0 rpg in the victories against UT-San Antonio and UNLV ... had a team-high 18 points (8-of-10 FT) in a career-high 40 minutes against Memphis (Jan. 6) ... recorded 18 points and eight boards at Texas A&M (Jan. 12) ... scored 15 points (9-of-9 FT) in 23 minutes during the home win against No. 5 Oklahoma State (Jan. 17) ... one of 12 collegiate players (age 20 and under) to earn a roster spot on the USA Basketball World Championship for Young Men Qualifying Team in the summer prior to his sophomore season ... ranked third on the American squad in rebounding (5.0 rpg) and sixth in scoring (7.0 ppg) while playing 14.0 minutes per contest ... Team USA posted a 5-0 mark and claimed the gold medal at the FIBA Americas World Championship for Young Men Qualifying Tournament, held July 28-Aug. 1 in Halifax, Canada ... Tucker hit 9-of-18 field goals and 10-of-13 free throws during the tourney.
As a Freshman in 2003-04
Honorable mention All-Big 12 selection (coaches) ... one of five players named to the Big 12 All-Freshman squad ... played in all 33 games, making 16 starts ... saw time at both forward positions ... led the team in rebounding (6.8 rpg) and double-doubles (seven) ... second on the squad in scoring (10.4 ppg) and field goal percentage (.547) ... his 10.4 ppg scoring average ranked as the ninth-best total by a freshman in UT history ... led the team in scoring in eight games (second on the team) and ranked second on the squad in double-figure scoring games (19) ... four-time Big 12 Rookie of the Week selection, the most by any UT freshman since the inception of the league ... posted a game-high 18 points and 13 rebounds in 21 minutes during the season opener against Brown (Nov. 17) ... his 18 points tied the UT freshman debut record and his 13 boards set a new school freshman debut mark ... became the third player in UT history (first in 27 years; Ron Baxter on Nov. 29, 1976) to post a double-double in his freshman debut (since frosh became eligible in 1972-73) ... earned Big 12 Rookie of the Week honors (Nov. 24) for his performance against Brown ... recorded 18 points (8-of-9 FG) and 11 boards in 21 minutes against Sam Houston State (Nov. 24) ... became the first freshman in UT history to record back-to-back double-doubles to start his career ... garnered Big 12 Rookie of the Week honors (Dec. 1) by averaging 16.5 ppg and 7.5 rpg while hitting 15-of-19 (.789) field goals in the wins against Sam Houston and Centenary ... had 16 points and 14 boards against No. 9 Arizona at the Jimmy V Classic (Dec. 9) ... in his first career start (Dec. 29 vs. George Washington), tallied a career-high 27 points (12-of-16 FG) and a career-high 15 boards (10 offensive) in 33 minutes ... the 27 points marked the fifth-best total by a UT freshman and most since Chris Mihm had 29 vs. Nebraska (Jan. 21, 1998) ... registered 22 points and five boards against UT-Arlington (Jan. 2) ... garnered his third Big 12 Rookie of the Week (Jan. 5), averaging 24.5 ppg and 10.0 rpg while converting 18-of-23 (.783) field goals and 13- of-16 (.813) free throws in the wins against George Washington and UT-Arlington ... hit the game-winning shot at the buzzer in overtime to lead the Horns to the win at No. 25 Providence (Jan. 5) ... had 21 points (9-of-15 FG) and seven boards in the home win against No. 4 Wake Forest (Jan. 13) ... had 15 points and a game-high 10 boards in the home win against No. 25 Texas Tech (Feb. 28) ... earned Big 12 Rookie of the Week accolades (March 1), averaging 13.0 ppg and 9.0 rpg in wins against No. 20 Kansas and No. 25 Texas Tech ... tallied 14 points (6-of-8 FG) and five rebounds at No. 8 Oklahoma State (March 1) ... tied for the team lead with 16 points and had a game-high 12 boards in the Big 12 Tournament quarterfinal win against Oklahoma (March 12) ... recorded 10 points (4-of-6 FG) and a team-high six rebounds in the NCAA Second Round win against No. 18 North Carolina (March 20) ... posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds (six offensive) in 31 minutes during the NCAA "Sweet 16" contest against Xavier (March 16).
Enloe High School in Raleigh, N.C. (head coach Tommy Moore) ... three-year starter at Enloe ... averaged 24.9 points, 13.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game while leading his team to a 23- 4 record and the Class 4A state quarterfinals during his senior season ... posted 46 points and 29 rebounds against Southeast Raleigh as a senior ... MVP of North Carolina-South Carolina game (March 25) with 19 points and 11 rebounds in Rock Hill, S.C. ...MVP of North Carolina East-West game (July 14) with 22 points and 10 rebounds in Greensboro, N.C. ... averaged 22.5 points, 11.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game during his junior season while leading his squad to a 17-7 record and the second round of the state playoffs ... averaged 20.3 points, 11 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game as a sophomore while leading Enloe to a 15-12 record and the second round of the state playoffs ... recorded 20 rebounds in a game five times during his senior year, six as a junior and twice as a sophomore ... played his freshman year at Bonner Academy (Raleigh, N.C.).
Full name is Anthony Leon Tucker, Jr. ... son of Anthony and Aleshia Tucker ... nicknamed "P.J." at birth by his father ... "P.J." stands for "Pop Junior" ... born May 5, 1985 in Raleigh, N.C. ...the Tucker family moved to Frankfurt, Germany immediately following P.J.'s birth, as Anthony served in the Army ... the family lived overseas for five years ... P.J. then moved with his family to Kentucky for a year before returning to Raleigh at age six ... majoring in education (minor in social work).