After playing for the Miners during the 2012-13 season while pursuing his Masters Degree, Konner Tucker joined the staff as Assistant Director of Basketball Operations.
In his first year on the UTEP staff, the Miners finished 23-11 overall, 12-4 in Conference USA play, and appeared in the postseason CBI tournament.
Tucker appeared in 25 games for UTEP after transferring from Sam Houston State, averaging 10.1 points (third on the team) while shooting 39 percent from the field and 39.7 percent from three-point range. He scored in double figures 14 times and was the Conference USA leader in free throw percentage, connecting on 57-of-62 attempts (91.9). Tucker made 27 straight foul shots to start his UTEP career, and 26 in a row to end it.
Highlights from Tucker's lone season with the Miners included him tying for team-high scoring honors against UNLV (13 points), and hitting a big three pointer with 13 seconds left to clinch UTEP's 91-84, triple overtime upset of Oregon. He was also named MVP of the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational, scoring 18 points versus Arkansas-Pine Bluff and 17 against Nebraska.
Tucker was the leading scorer at Sam Houston State during the 2011-12 season, collecting 12.0 ppg. He scored in double figures 23 times in 32 games for the Bearkats, including his career-high 25 points versus Northern Arizona. He spent the 2009-10 campaign at Wake Forest and the 2008-09 season at Lon Morris College. Tucker was a Region XIV first team All-Conference player at Lon Morris College, averaging 16.2 points.
He graduated from R.L. Paschal High School in Fort Worth summa cum laude with a 4.1 grade point average. He was a three-year starter at Paschal, finishing his career as the school's all-time leading scorer. Tucker averaged 28.7 points per game as a senior (2007-08) to lead all Metroplex schools in scoring.
Tucker's father, Mark, played basketball at Oklahoma State (1977-79) and still ranks among the school's all-time leaders for free throw percentage, minutes per game, points per game and field goal percentage. He was drafted by the Chicago Bulls.