Tuck joins Trojans as walk-on

Published 7:42 pm Tuesday, July 31, 2018

There will be a familiar face wearing the cardinal and white this upcoming basketball season. Former Charles Henderson Trojan Jaylen Tuck is making his way down George Wallace to play for Troy.

After a stellar senior season that helped lead Charles Henderson into the postseason, Tuck had opportunities to continue his basketball career.

“It’s a good opportunity,” Tuck said. “I went to a couple places and Troy called me to be a walk-on. I did pretty good at tryouts and I think that is why I am here.”

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Tuck was able to play under his father Shelby Tuck the last two seasons; now he gets to stay home and play for the hometown Trojans.

“It’s a good opportunity,” Tuck said. “I thank God and my coaches. I thank my parents for helping me get through the process.”

Tuck and Charles Henderson made it the Southeastern Regional semifinals a year ago and Tuck played a big role as the team’s point guard. Tuck believes his play and the success of his team garnered him the attention needed in order to land at Troy.

“I think it was very instrumental,” Tuck said. “I think my teammates helped me out a lot by putting me in good positions, along with my coaches.”

It was always a dream for Tuck to play at the highest level.

“I have always wanted to play Division-I ball,” Tuck said. “Now I have the opportunity.”

Tuck will join the Trojans as a walk-on but has aspirations of earning a scholarship.

“Every part of my game has to improve,” Tuck said. “If I keep improving, I will have opportunities.”

The team won’t start their season until November, but Tuck will have an opportunity to see some action when the team travels to Costa Rica on Thursday. The team will play in a total of three games while in Costa Rica.

“It’s going to be extremely fun,” Tuck said. “They are giving me an opportunity to go with them.”

Now that he is a member of the team, Tuck wants to make an immediate impact.

“I am thankful for the opportunity,” Tuck said. “I just want to help them in any way that I can.”