Tuck in 2012
|No. 33 – Connecticut Sun|
|Born||April 30, 1994|
Grand Rapids, Michigan
|Listed height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Listed weight||200 lb (91 kg)|
|High school||Bolingbrook (Bolingbrook, Illinois)|
|WNBA draft||2016 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3rd overall|
|Selected by the Connecticut Sun|
|2018–present||Beijing Great Wall|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at WNBA.com|
Morgan Tuck (born April 30, 1994) is an American professional basketball player for the Connecticut Sun of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). She played for Connecticut during her college years and won 4 consecutive NCAA championships with the team. 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.
Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, 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. She was named Freshman of the Year by ESPN Rise in 2009, as well as Sophomore of the Year in 2010. 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. She averaged 27.7 points and 10.2 rebounds per game as a senior. 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 had won the award twice at that time: Cappie Pondexter and Candace Parker.
Tournament of Champions
The Tournament of Champions is an annual event, since 1997, showcasing the best high school girls basketball teams. The 2011 event, held in Phoenix, Arizona included 96 of the best basketball programs in the country. 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). 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. 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. She scored 35 points in two different games in the tournament.
High School Coaches' All-America Team
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.
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. 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.
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. 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.
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. 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. 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.
2013 U19 – Lithuania
Tuck, along with teammates Moriah Jefferson and Breanna Stewart, were three of the twelve players selected to be on the team representing the US at the U19 World Championship for Women held in Klaipėda and Panevėžys, Lithuania in July 2013.
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|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
Tuck was drafted 3rd overall by the Connecticut Sun in the 2016 WNBA Draft. During her rookie season, she was a reserve for the Sun, averaging 7 points per game and 2.8 rebounds per game in 26 games with 3 starts. In a win against the Seattle Storm, she scored a career-high 20 points off the bench for the Sun. In the last of month of the regular season, Tuck sustained a right knee injury and was ruled out for the rest of the season.
In 2017, Tuck made her return from her knee injury on the 2017 season home opener. She scored a new career-high of 21 points in the Sun's starting lineup in an 81–74 loss to the Atlanta Dream. After the first five game, Tuck would be ruled for nearly two months due to a bruise on her right knee. She would make her return on July 12, 2017, and was moved to the bench with less playing time following the injury. The Sun finished as the fourth seed, making the playoffs for the first time in five years. They received a bye to the second round elimination game, but they were eliminated by the Phoenix Mercury in the second round.
In 2018, Tuck would be fully healthy for the season. She played all 34 games for the first time in her career while taking a bench role. The Sun were the fourth seed in the league with a bye to the second round elimination game. The Sun would lose yet again to the Mercury in the second round.
WNBA career statistics
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game||RPG||Rebounds per game|
|APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game||BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game|
|TO||Turnovers per game||FG%||Field-goal percentage||3P%||3-point field-goal percentage||FT%||Free-throw percentage|
|Bold||Career high||League leader|
|Career||3 years, 1 team||82||9||15.4||.419||.318||.764||2.5||0.8||0.4||0.0||0.9||6.1|
|Career||2 years, 1 team||2||0||6.5||.333||.000||.500||1.5||0.5||0.0||0.0||0.0||2.5|
Awards and honors
- 4x NCAA Champion (2012–2016)
- 2012—Parade All-American
- 2012—McDonald’s High School All-American
- 2012—WBCA 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
- 2011–12 Herald-News Girls Basketball Player of the Year
- 2011—USA Today All-USA third team
- 2010—USA Today All-USA second team
- 2010—ESPN Rise Sophomore of the Year
- 2009—Illinois Ms. Basketball
- 2009—ESPN Rise Freshman of the Year
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- "USA Women's U18 Team Golden After Erasing Double-Digit Deficit To Eclipse Brazil 71–47". USA Basketball. Archived from the original on August 20, 2012. Retrieved October 1, 2012.
- Elliott, Rich (May 19, 2013). "Jefferson, Stewart, Tuck And Wilson Comment On Making U-19 Team". CTPost. Hearst Communications Inc. Retrieved May 22, 2013.
- "NCAA Statistics". web1.ncaa.org. Retrieved April 15, 2016.
- Morgan Tuck keeping positive mindset after season-ending injury
- Photos-WNBA: Atlanta Dream @ Connecticut Sun – 5/13/17
- Fantasy News provided By Rotowire
- Beijing signs Morgan Tuck
- "Meet the 2012 PARADE All-America Basketball Team". Parade Publications. Retrieved September 30, 2012.
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