ROCK ISLAND – Augustana men’s basketball coach Grey Giovanine received a late recruiting present on Wednesday — word that Rock Island basketball standout Randy Tucker has enrolled at Augie for the fall term and plans to join the basketball program.
“We’ll take the best prospect out of the Quad-Cities anytime we can get him,” said Giovanine of landing the Rocky standout a day after the rest of the recruiting class was announced. “We had been recruiting him for some time and he was patient in the process. He and his mother came over and spent a lot of time on campus and he spent a lot of time with our players. The more he was around, the more comfortable he felt and the more excited he got about playing right here in his back yard.”
Both Giovanine and Rocky coach Thom Sigel said Tucker had other options he was weighing, including going the junior-college route. The familiarity won out for the youngster who also attended Giovanine’s summer camps in the past and is familiar with the Carver Center. He led team Illinois with 27 points in the Pepsi Senior All-Star Classic played there in March.
Tucker could not be reached for comment.
Tucker averaged 15.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game this past season for he 18-12 Rocks who won a regional crown. Tucker was a first team All-Western Big 6 selection as a senior for Coach Thom Sigel’s Rocks. He was also a first team All-Metro pick by the Dispatch-Argus-QCOnline and earned Class 3A/4A all-state special mention from the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association.
Tucker shot 48 percent from the field, 41 percent from 3-point range and 74 percent from the foul line. A team captain for the Rocks, he also won Rock Island’s Zalm Gellerman Most Valuable Player and Justin Sharp awards.
With work, both Sigel and Giovanine feel as if Tucker — listed as a 6-foot, 4-inch, 165-pound guard — can round into a very strong talent on the Division III level for the four-time defending CCIW champs.
“I think he will develop into a terrific player,” said Giovanine, calling him a terrific young man. “Physically, he’s young. He’s going to get stronger and grow and mature. He already has great ball skills and tremendous length. I think he’ll develop into an outstanding player.”