When you mention the DBL Sheffield Sharks in the British Basketball League community, the name ‘Mike Tuck’ is the first name on the agenda.
The 34-year-old has spent the majority of his career in the North of England building up a reputable basketball program in Sheffield. His loyalty was rewarded in 2016 as the team won the BBL playoff final, defeating the Leicester Riders 85-78 at the O2 Arena.
“As Captain I am extremely proud of Sheffield basketball.” Said Tuck.
“This is my ninth season with the club so I have been here long enough to see the rise of popularity of the sport across the city. I feel that the Sharks have been a huge part of that and I hope that it continues grow in popularity and participation.”
The Sharks currently sit in the top four in the BBL standings with a 7-4 record entering the New Year.
Christopher Alexander is leading the charge for the Sharks with 17 points per game along with five assists and two steals per outing.
Dirk Williams is also dominating with 16 points and seven rebounds per game for the playoff contenders.
Meanwhile veteran Tuck is averaging nine points along with five rebounds and two assists as he brings stability and leadership to the Sheffield outfit.
“It’s been a solid start from us. A couple of hiccups but we are sitting top three in the table so we are in a good spot right now.”
“Our depth at multiple positions has made us tough to stop at times but I think if we want to end the season with some silverware we have to be a little bit more consistent.”
“Going forward with this season I am confident that we have a team strong enough to compete for a Championship. We have a lot of talent and are really starting to gel as a team. I think that we can peak at the right time and put ourselves in a good spot at the end of the season.”
Tuck’s success with Sheffield so far this season along with his own individual accolades earned him a place in England’s 17-man mini-camp in February as he battles for a place on the plane to the Commenwealth Games in Australia in the Spring.
He was invited to the first mini-camp in November and his impressive display earned him a place at the next stage.
“It is truly an honor to be called up to Team England and to make it through to the next stage of the trials is exciting.”
“I think that the first Camp was really well organized and that they have made some great choices in personnel and the coaching staff. There will definitely be some talent headed to the Gold Coast this spring. ”
The 6’7″ forward outlined his goals for the New Year, which include a place on the England roster for the Commenwealth Games.
“Silverware is always a big personal goal. The older I get the more I realize that your time in this game is limited so I want to make the most of it while I can. A few more trophy’s on the wall would help!”
“Making the final cut for the Team England Commonwealth squad would be a dream come true as well. To me there would be no greater honor then representing my country in such a prestigious competition.”