The world wide basketball community is saddened by the loss of Cliff Tucker. Tucker tragically lost his life Monday morning in a car accident. Tucker was only 29 years old. He was a 198cm swing man that had a stellar career at Maryland (NCAA) and also was able to see the world as a professional basketball player as he played in numerous countries mostly in North and south america and his only stop in Europe was in Germany where he played with rent4office Nuernberg (Germany-ProA).
The American from El Paso, Texas played at Maryland from 2007-2011 playing 131 games and was able to improve his scoring each season there. In his senior year at Maryland he played 33 games averaging 9.6ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 42.9%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 67.2%. His biggest achievements there was being an ACC tournamnet semi finalist in 2009 and ACC Co-champion in 2010. Few will forget his amazing buzzer beater in his junior year where he helped his team beat Georgia Tech and at that time had been involved in a 7 game winning streak. He helped Maryland reach two NCAA tournaments and had the pleasure to play for hall of fame coach Gary Williams. He led his team as a senior with 41 three pointers made.
The American turned professional in 2011 and got his first experience in the D-League with the Springfield Armor (D-League) playing 13 games averaging 6.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 42.6%, 3PT: 41.4%, FT: 33.3%, He then went on too have a solid professional career that brought him to countries like the Mexico, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, Columbia, Argentina and Germany. In Germany he played with rent4office Nuernberg (Germany-ProA) playing 14 games averaging 5.9ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 57.4%, 3FGP: 4.2%, FT: 77.3%. His most memorable game that Nurnberg fans will never forget was his 18 point, 7 rebound and 5 assist effort in a 91-83 win against Heidelberg. His last stop in his professional career was Argentina where he played with Atenas Cordoba (Argentina-LigaA). His most success was in Mexico where he played with three clubs and put up consistent stats. His last stop in Mexico was with Nauticos of Mazatlan (Mexico-CIBACOPA) where he played 32 games averaging 20.5ppg, 5.2rpg, 3.5apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 59.0%, 3PT: 38.8%, FT: 73.0%.German Hoops send their prayers to his family and friends.