MICHAEL TUCK has improved every season and big things are expected in his final year ... battled injuries for the entire 2006-07 campaign, missing eight games ... forced to come off the bench to maximize his productivity, this fact was recognized by the MAAC coaches who honored him as the league's Sixth Man of the Year ... never really returned to form after a severe ankle sprain caused him to miss four straight games beginning in late January ... gives Greyhounds tremendous flexibility when he is in the lineup ... combines an ability to excel by doing all of the "dirty" work around the basket with a shooting prowess from inside and long-range ... provided instant energy and scoring punch off the bench when he was healthy and available ... scored many of his points in bunches ... his health will go a long way toward deciding Loyola's fortune this season.
Named the MAAC's Sixth Man of the Year for his efforts in postseason awards voted on by the league's coaches ... accepted his role off the bench due to his limited availability because of foot and leg injuries that hampered him all season ... entered the campaign as an expected starter after being in the starting lineup 22 times the season prior ... after sitting out the win over North Florida, he first came off the bench at UMBC (Nov. 14) and responded with 10 points and seven rebounds in 25 minutes ... that started a stretch of six straight games with double-figure scoring, capped by a 15-point effort in the conference win at Manhattan (Dec. 10) ... against the Jaspers, he made all six of his shots from the floor (including a three-pointer) and both his free throws, adding six rebounds in just 21 minutes ... did not dress at Michigan State and returned to help the Greyhounds to four straight wins ... collected a double-double in home win over Iona (Jan. 6) with 13 points and 13 rebounds with four blocks ... tallied 15 points with nine boards in win at Siena (Jan. 9) ... stretch ended with a 20-point effort in home win over Niagara (Jan. 12) which featured an 8-9 performance from the floor, including connecting on all three of his three-point attempts ... scored 14 points in each of a pair of road wins at Saint Peter's (Jan. 19) and Rider (Jan. 21) before suffering the ankle injury during the practice prior to the Manhattan home contest ... sat out the next five games before playing in seven of the final eight games to end the season ... tallied nine in the season finale against Niagara.
Started the first 21 games of the season while playing in all 28 ... opened the season with an 11-rebound, eight-point effort in the win at Towson (Nov. 19) ... later posted a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds in the win at Mount St. Mary's (Dec. 3), the first of four double-doubles in his career ... second came in a win over Niagara (Jan. 6) as he posted career highs in minutes (36) and points (22) while adding 11 rebounds ... he made 10 of 17 shots from the floor, each of those career highs in shots made and attempted ... third double-double was in a home win over Rider (Jan. 22) with 15 points and a career-best 13 rebounds ... that effort ended a seven-game stretch where he averaged 13.4 points and 8.9 rebounds while shooting 62.5 percent (40-64) from the field ... finished the season on a high note with 11 rebounds in a win at Rider (Feb. 24), 11 points in a home win over Canisius (Feb. 26) and 10 points in the lone MAAC Tournament game (Mar. 3) ... over that three-game stretch to conclude the season he averaged 9.7 points and 8.7 rebounds while making 10 of 12 free throws.
Sat out season as a redshirt.
Played in all but one game and started 13 times ... played 27 minutes and scored five points in his first collegiate game against Maryland-Baltimore County (Nov. 21) ... grabbed seven rebounds and scored six points in 28 minutes the next night against Coppin State (Nov. 22) ... the seven boards established a then career-high which he matched three more times during the campaign ... finished the season with double-digit scoring efforts in four of the final five games, averaging 11.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and 27.2 minutes in that span ... recorded a season-high three steals at Niagara (Feb. 19) when he also scored 11 points in 32 minutes ... played 31 minutes with 12 points and three assists two nights later against Canisius (Feb. 21) ... scored a season-best 19 points in 21 minutes on 8-9 shooting with two three-pointers against Fairfield (Feb. 25) ... made three of four shots, including his only three-point attempt, and was 5-5 from the free-throw line to tally 12 points in 19 minutes in the season's final game against Rider in the MAAC Tournament (Mar. 5).
Was a four-year basketball letter winner at Markham District HS in Markham, Ont. ... was selected as the team MVP following his sophomore, junior and senior seasons ... played at Maine Central Institute Prep School after Markham, averaging 12 points per game.
The son of Wilf and Susan Tuck, Michael Tuck was born March 17, 1983, in Toronto, Ont. ... has two brothers, James and Colin ... majoring in Communication-Public Relations with a minor in Marketing at Loyola.