Texas-El Paso Miners Guard Konner Tucker Named C-USA Player of the Week

By Patosha Jeffery
Ivan Pierre Aguirre-USA TODAY Sports

What a journey Texas-El Paso Miners graduate student Konner Tucker has had over the last few years.  Tucker has played basketball for four schools since graduating from R.L. Paschal High School (TX).

Tucker spent the 2008-09 season at Lon Morris College, contributing 16.2 points per game to garner Region XIV first team All-Conference honors.

During the 2009-10 season, he appeared in six games for the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, tallying 13 points and four rebounds over 31 minutes.

He redshirted the 2010-11 season at Sam Houston State Bearkats after transferring from Wake Forest. Then lead the team in scoring last season averaging 12.0 points per game.

With one year of eligibility left, Tucker has strengthened the Miners back court and people are taken notice. He was named C-USA Player of the Week after an amazing shooting week.

He helped the Miners post wins over the Oregon Ducks out of the Pac-12 and Nebraska Huskers out of the Big Ten. He was named MVP of the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational for his efforts.

In four games this week – his first for the Miners after transferring from Sam Houston State – Tucker averaged 15.0 points and shot 50 percent (17-for-34) from the field, 62.5 percent (15-for-24) from three-point range and 100 percent (11-for-11) from the line.

He scored 13 points in 22 minutes in a narrow 62-60 loss to no. 21 UNLV Rebels. He was perfect on nine free throw tries and hit a big three-pointer with 13 seconds left to clinch UTEP’s 91-84, triple overtime upset of Oregon.

Tucker was on fire in two Sun Bowl tournament games, averaging 17.5 points per game and connecting on 11-of-15 three point attempts.

Patosha Jeffery is the Memphis Tigers Featured Columnist at Rant Sports. Be sure to follow her on Twitter: @patoshajeffery and add her Google + to your circles for all of her latest articles and thoughts.

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