Morgan Tuck

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Morgan Tuck
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College Connecticut
Conference Big East
Sport Basketball
Position Forward
Jersey # 3
Class Freshman (2012)
Career 2012–present
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg)
Nationality American
Born (1994-04-30) April 30, 1994 (age 21)
Grand Rapids, Michigan
High school Bolingbrook High School
Awards
2012 Parade All-America
2012 WBCA High School All-American
2012 McDonald’s High School All-American
2012 Gatorade Illinois Girls Basketball Player of the Year
2012 MaxPreps All-America first team
2012 USA Today All-USA first team
2012 Illinois Ms. Basketball
2011 USA Today All-USA third team
2010 ESPN Rise Sophomore of the Year
2010 USA Today All-USA second team
2009 ESPN Rise Freshman of the Year
2009 Illinois Ms. Basketball

Morgan Tuck (born April 30, 1994) is an American basketball player at the University of Connecticut. She completed her high school career at Bolingbrook High School in Bolingbrook, Illinois. She played on the USA Basketball U17, U18 and U19 teams, where she helped each team win a Gold Medal.

Early years[edit]

Tuck played from an early age, but didn't think she was very good at it. She got better, and was good enough to earn a roster spot on the USA U16 team, although a knee injury prevented her from competing as a part of that team. Her high school teams had a combined record of 83–7 in her first three seasons, each of which culminated in a state championship.[1] She was named Freshman of the Year by ESPN Rise in 2009, as well as Sophomore of the Year in 2010.[2] Her senior year, the team had a record of 27–2, reaching the supersectionals, and failing to win the state title for the first time in her career.[3] She averaged 27.7 points and 10.2 rebounds per game as a senior.[3] She earned the title of Ms. Basketball for the state of Illinois twice, once as a freshman and again as a senior. Only two other players have won the award twice: Cappie Pondexter and Candace Parker.[4]

Tournament of Champions[edit]

The Tournament of Champions is an annual event, since 1997, showcasing the best high school girls basketball teams.[5] The 2011 event, held in Phoenix, Arizona included 96 of the best basketball programs in the country.[6] Bolingbrook, considered to be the number 1 team by USA Today, was assigned to the Smith Division, where they faced Cicero – North Syracuse High School (C-NS).[7] The C-NS team, beat Bolingbrook 43–40 for their only loss of the tournament. After the loss to C-NS, Bolingbrook faced St. Mary's(Stockton, Calif.) Tuck put up 35 points, and dominated post play to help her team defeat St. Mary's 60–39.[8] Tuck earned a place on the All-Tournament team,helped in part by a 35 point and 14 rebound performance against a team from Texas.[9] She scored 35 points in two different games in the tournament.[10]

High School Coaches' All-America Team[edit]

Tuck was selected to the 2012 Women's Basketball Coaches Association High School Coaches' All-America Team. The top twenty high school players in the country are named as WBCA All-Americans, and eligible to play in the all-star game. She participated in the 2012 WBCA High School All-America Game, scoring eight points.[11][12]

USA Basketball[edit]

Tuck earned a spot on the U17 team in 2010. Coach Katie Meier named Tuck one of the two captains of the team, along with Breanna Stewart.[13] The team competed in the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship for Women, held in Rodez & Toulouse, France. Tuck earned a starting position in five of the eight games, and was the leading scorer in the game against Turkey. She helped the team win all eight games and earn the gold medal in the competition.[14]

She continued her USA Basketball career with a position on the U19 team which competed in Puerto Montt, Chile in July 2011. Tuck started five of the nine games played.[15] The team lost one game to Canada, but earned a spot in the medal round. The team beat France, then Brazil, and faced Spain in the gold-medal game. The lead changed several times in the early minutes, but the USA team opened up a larger lead, and won the gold medal.[16]

Tuck was named to the USA U18 team in 2012. The team was competing at the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Women, held in Gurabo, Puerto Rico in August 2012.[17] The team dominated the preliminary rounds, winning each of the three games by at least 40 points. In the semifinal game against Canada, Tuck hit nine of twelve field goal attempts and scored 22 points to lead all scorers, and help the USA team defeat Canada 95–46.[18] In the gold-medal game against Brazil, the team found itself in unfamiliar territory—losing by double digits. Brazil opened on a 9–0 run and extended the lead to 18–7. The USA teams settled down and chipped away at the lead, eventually winning 71–47. Tuck was the high scorer for the game with 15 points. She also earned scoring honors for the entire tournament, scoring 17.8 points per game to become the leading scorer for the tournament.[19]

2013 U19 - Lithuania[edit]

Tuck, along with teammates Moriah Jefferson and Breanna Stewart, were three of the twelve players selected to be on the team representing the USA at the U19 World Championship for Women held in Klaipėda and Panevėžys, Lithuania in July 2013.[20]


University of Connecticut Statistics[edit]

Morgan Tuck Statistics at University of Connecticut[21]
Year G MIN FGM FGA FG% 3FGM 3FGA 3FG% FTM FTA FT% REB AVG AST TO BLK STL PTS AVG
2012–13 35 554 89 196 .454 13 45 .289 34 51 .667 120 3.43 47 43 9 19 225 6.4
2013–14 8 116 24 49 .490 7 17 .412 5 9 .556 19 2.38 8 11 1 4 60 7.5
2014–15 39 995 239 401 .596 21 72 .292 63 84 .750 216 5.54 115 67 13 31 562 14.4
Totals 82 1665 352 646 .545 41 134 .306 102 144 .708 355 4.33 170 121 23 54 847 10.3

Awards and honors[edit]

  • 2012—Parade All-American[22]
  • 2012—McDonald’s High School All-American[23]
  • 2012—WBCA High School All-American[24][11]
  • 2012—Gatorade Illinois Girls Basketball Player of the Year[25]
  • 2012—MaxPreps All-America first team[24]
  • 2012—USA Today All-USA first team[26]
  • 2012—Illinois Ms. Basketball[27]
  • 2011-12 Herald-News Girls Basketball Player of the Year[3]
  • 2011—USA Today All-USA third team[24]
  • 2010—USA Today All-USA second team[24]
  • 2010—ESPN Rise Sophomore of the Year[2]
  • 2009—Illinois Ms. Basketball[24]
  • 2009—ESPN Rise Freshman of the Year[2]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c "Morgan Tuck". ESPN. Retrieved 1 Oct 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Nelson, Dennis (March 21, 2012). "Girls Basketball: Morgan Tuck girls player of the year". Herald News (Sun-Times Media). Retrieved 30 Sep 2012. 
  4. ^ Fuller, Jim (May 29, 2012). "UCONN WOMEN: Morgan Tuck knows what she's getting into, and she's ready". Houston Chronicle (Hearst Communications, Inc). Retrieved 1 Oct 2012. 
  5. ^ "Tournament of Champions - History". Tournament of Champions. Retrieved 24 December 2011. 
  6. ^ "Participating Teams". Retrieved 24 December 2011. 
  7. ^ "Coaches vs. Cancer Shootout field announced". STLtoday.com. Retrieved 24 December 2011. 
  8. ^ Gray, Rebecca. "Three stars master the art of scoring". ESPN. Retrieved 1 Oct 2012. 
  9. ^ Gray, Rebecca. "2011 Nike TOC All-Tournament team". ESPN. Retrieved 1 Oct 2012. 
  10. ^ Kane, Colleen (December 27, 2011). "Colleen Kane on girls basketball - Catching up with jet-setting Bolingbrook". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 1 Oct 2012. 
  11. ^ a b "Past WBCA HS Coaches' All-America Teams". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Retrieved 1 Jul 2014. 
  12. ^ "WBCA High School All-America Game Box Scores". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Retrieved 29 Jun 2014. 
  13. ^ Wilson, Ryan. "Stewart Shines for National Team". NBCUniversal, Inc. Retrieved 3 Oct 2012. 
  14. ^ "2010 FIBA U17 World Championship for Women". USA Basketball. Retrieved April 2015. 
  15. ^ "http://www.usabasketball.com/misc/11_wu19_stats_usa.pdf" (PDF). USA Basketball. Retrieved 30 Sep 2012. 
  16. ^ "USA U19 Women Sprint To 69-46 Victory Over Spain, Earn 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship". Puerto Montt, Chile: USA Basketball. July 31, 2011. 
  17. ^ "2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship For Women -- Just the Facts". USA basketball. Retrieved 1 Oct 2012. 
  18. ^ "Tuck leads Team USA women in FIBA Americas U18 semifinal". USA Today. 2012-08-19. Retrieved 1 Oct 2012. 
  19. ^ "USA Women's U18 Team Golden After Erasing Double-Digit Deficit To Eclipse Brazil 71-47". USA Basketball. Retrieved 1 Oct 2012. 
  20. ^ Elliott, Rich (May 19, 2013). "Jefferson, Stewart, Tuck And Wilson Comment On Making U-19 Team". CTPost (Hearst Communications Inc.). Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  21. ^ "3 Morgan Tuck". Retrieved 22 Apr 2015. 
  22. ^ "Meet the 2012 PARADE All-America Basketball Team". Parade Publications. Retrieved 30 Sep 2012. 
  23. ^ Hansen, Chris (March 26, 2012). "McDonald's girls' rosters announced". ESPN. Retrieved 1 Oct 2012. 
  24. ^ a b c d e "Morgan Tuck". USA Basketball. Retrieved 30 Sep 2012. 
  25. ^ "Morgan Tuck Named Gatorade Illinois Girls Basketball Player of the Year". MaxPreps. March 27, 2012. Retrieved 30 Sep 2012. 
  26. ^ "USA TODAY AND HIGHSCHOOLSPORTS.NET ANNOUNCE 2012 ALL-USA GIRLS' BASKETBALL TEAM". USA Today. April 2012. Retrieved 1 Oct 2012. 
  27. ^ Powers, Scott. "Parker, Tuck named Illinois' top players". ESPN. Retrieved 30 Sep 2012.