Tucker is a 6-foot-2, 190 pound wing player, whom Hill compares to current Bears redshirt-freshman Tevin Svihovec
Hill, working off a tip from a friend who used to coach in the Big Sky, first started recruiting Tucker during a trip to St. Louis in July but didn't get to watch him play much because of a hurt ankle. A subsequent trip to Missouri, though, resulted in the beginning of a great relationship.
Hill said he liked what he saw from Tucker on the court but really got interested after sitting down with him for a one-on-conversation.
"I sat down with him for about an hour-and-a-half and liked him even more," Hill said. "Then I went to his house and met his mom and loved the family and what they were about and thought he would fit in perfectly with what we're trying to do. I think he's a great addition to our program.
"He's a strong, athletic kid, who I think can bring a lot to us. We lose Mike [Proctor] next year, but we're pretty deep in our frontcourt, so we decided to go with another guard in this class. We'll just have to get a big in next year's class."
Tucker averaged 21 points and six rebounds per game last season and helped his Blue Jays, winners of 11 all-time Missouri state championships, to a third-place finish in Missouri Class 3. He also earned a spot on the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association Class 3 All-State First Team. He was one of just two juniors on the Class 3 First Team and joined current Northern Colorado freshman Tim Huskisson, who was a 2011 MBCA Class 4 First Team selection for Willard High School.
Toss in redshirt-freshman Tate Unruh (Branson, Mo.), and the Bears will suit up three players next season who prepped in the Show-Me State.
"I don't know what is," Hill said, "it's kind of become a weird deal. Southern Missouri all of a sudden has become a hotbed for us. All three are great kids--they have great character--and are really good players. They are all great additions to what we're trying to get done here."