Tuesday , Aug , 23 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Texas re-instates Tucker

=== Texas re-instates Tucker ===

Austin, TX (Sports Network) – University of Texas basketball star P.J. Tucker
has regained his academic eligibility and will return to the floor for his
junior season.

Tucker was declared academically ineligible last January and missed the final
14 games of the season. He was the Longhorns’ leading scorer at the time of
his dismissal, averaging 13.7 points with 8.0 rebounds.

“I’m happy to be back,” Tucker said in a statement on the school’s website. “I
know I let a lot of people down last year, most importantly my family and my
teammates. But I need to say ‘thank you’ to all of them for their support last
spring and this summer. A lot about me has changed, and I’m anxious to get
back to classes this fall and out on the court with the guys.”

Tucker was recently named one of the top 50 preseason candidates for the John
R. Wooden Award, honoring the nation’s top collegiate player.

“He’s grown as much as any kid I’ve ever been around in terms of taking an
embarrassing situation and turning it into a positive,” said Texas head coach
Rick Barnes. “It’s amazing the turnaround that he’s made.”

Texas was 14-3 before Tucker was forced to leave the team and was 6-8 in 14
games without him, finishing the season at 20-11 after a first-round loss to
Nevada in the NCAA Tournament.