Rice Institute basketball player Temple Tucker
Black and white photograph of Rice Owls basketball player Temple Tucker, accompanied by text headlining his achievement and entry into the Rice Athletic Hall of Fame. Caption reads: Temple Tucker signed with Rice in 1954 after Rice had tied for the Southwest Conference championship and advanced to the NCAA tournament for just the third time in the school's history. The native of Bowie played the 1954-55 season for fellow Hall of Fame inductee Charlie Moore and then went on to win letters for coach Don Suman's varsity Owls in 1956, 1957 and 1958. Tucker was a valuable asset to the Owl's team that in the 1955-56 season finished 19-5 and thrid in the SWC race with an 8.4 record. The sensational sophomore averaged 22.1 points per game that year, which at the time was the second best average ever by an Owl cager. He also pulled down 12.7 rebounds a game to lead the SWC. He again led Rice in scoring and rebounding his junior year with averages of 15.1 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. His senior year, Tucker was awarded the Billy Wohn Award as the team's most valuable player. He finished his Rice career with 1,218 points, which at the time was the third best on the career list. Hi 768 career rebounds was the second best total at the time. A fourth-round pick by the NBA's Philadelphia Warriors in 1958, Tucker, who majored in business and economics at Rice, opted instead to join a life insurance agency, which he had enjoyed learning about in a series of estate planning seminars during his junior and senior years. Tucker received the Chartered Life Underwriter diploma in 1965, and in 1969, he became NASD licensed to deal in, sell and service investments, including mutual funds. He later received the Chartered Financial Consultant diploma in 1984. Tucker was active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Rice basketball booster club, particularly in Don Knodel's years as coach. He also served as an interviewer of Rice applicants for several years. He has served on the board of the Houston chapter of Chartered Life Underwriters (which is now the Society of Financial Service Professionals)and the board of Houston Business and Estate Planning Council. He is also a life member of the Million Dollar Round Table.
Rice University Athletic Hall of Fame
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