Former Maryland men’s basketball player Cliff Tucker died on Monday morning in a car accident at the age of 29.
The Maryland basketball family is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Cliff Tucker (’11). Our hearts go out to the Tucker family during this time.
We love you Cliff.
— Maryland Basketball (@TerrapinHoops) May 29, 2018
Tucker played in 131 games under coach Gary Williams from 2007-2011, which ranks 12th in program history. He averaged a career-high 9.6 points per game in his senior year. Tucker also sits in 14th place for the best career three-point percentage in school history, having made 35.2 percent of his 227 career attempts. Tucker secured his place in Maryland basketball history after his three-point buzzer beater against Georgia Tech in 2010.
The Terps went on to share the regular season ACC title with Duke that year and it remains their last regular season conference title to date. Greivis Vasquez, a teammate of Tucker at Maryland, took to Twitter to express his condolences.
Cliff Tucker and I had great moments. He was a great player, but even a better person. My prayers are with his family and his beloved ones. Cliff, I will always remember that last shot against Georgia Tech. You will be missed, but I know you will always be with us #RIP pic.twitter.com/E7zdPlKaCL — Greivis Vasquez (@greivisvasquez) May 29, 2018
ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt, a former Maryland student and noted Terps fan, also offered his heartfelt words to Tucker and his family in a tweet.
It was such a pleasure to get to know him. His smile and laugh were so great. I fell off a chair after he hit that buzzer beater vs GT. This is such stunning, awful news.
— Scott Van Pelt (@notthefakeSVP) May 29, 2018