Konner Tucker, son of Mark and Sandra Tucker of Waxahachie, officially signed a letter of intent to attend Wake Forest University and play basketball for the Demon Deacons in 2009-2010, announced head coach Dino Gaudio.
Konner is a 6-4 guard from Lon Morris College in Jacksonville, Texas. As a junior college transfer, Konner will have three years of eligibility remaining to play for the Deacons, beginning next season.
“We are very excited about the addition of Konner Tucker to the Wake Forest basketball family,” Gaudio said. “Konner embodies everything that a Wake Forest basketball player is. He is an outstanding student, a high character individual and a terrific player. His basketball savvy, toughness and his ability to shoot the ball from long distance will help our basketball team immensely.”
Konner attended the Waxahachie ninth-grade academy his freshman year in 2004-2005 and played for the Waxahachie Indians junior varsity team under current head coach Steve Weeks. He transferred to Paschal High School in Fort Worth his sophomore year when his dad took a teaching/coaching position at the school. Konner graduated from Paschal in the spring of 2008 with a 4.1 grade point average. He was an NCAA qualifier out of high school but elected to attend junior college to improve his basketball recruiting profile.
Konner originally verbally committed to play basketball at the University of Kentucky for next season but de-committed following former head coach Billy Gillispie’s departure from the university this spring.
Konner played for Lon Morris this past season, leading the Bearcats with 16.2 points per game. He shot 46 percent from the field, including 42 percent from beyond the arc. He was also 1st in Region XIV and 18th in Division I National Junior College rankings for free-throws, shooting 83.5% (111 out of 133). Konner was a Region XIV first team all-conference selection, a XIV all-region selection, and made the Region XIV all-tournament team.
Lon Morris finished the season 26-6 overall and 16-3 in the Region XIV of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). The Bearcats won the Region XIV regular season title and were ranked No. 23 in the NJCAA Division I rankings.