B. Braun Sheffield Sharks today announced the retirement of long-serving captain Mike Tuck.
The 39-year-old Canadian/British represented the club for thirteen seasons from 2009, making his last and 500th appearance against Glasgow Rocks at Ponds Forge in April.
Fittingly, Tuck became the club’s leading points scorer last season, overtaking former record holder Todd Cauthorn and finishing with a league points total of 4,297.
The Power Forward made his debut for the Sharks on December 5, 2009 at Guildford, scoring three points with his first shot and with great symmetry, wrapped up his points tally with three more in his last game.
Tuck has skippered the Sharks since 21 September 2012 and has missed just 13 games in his BBL career – seven of them came when he had the honor of captaining England to the Commonwealth Games of 2018 on the Gold Coast in Australia.
Among his many accomplishments, the Toronto native won the BBL Cup in 2009-10 and 2010-11, the BBL Trophy in 2012-13 and, famously, the BBL play-off final in 2015-16 when he received the award. Most Valuable Player. for his 20 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists in a memorable win over the Leicester Riders. He was also instrumental in the Sharks teams that finished second in the Championship in 2009-10, 2013-14 and 2021-22.
Tuck scored 25 or more points on thirteen occasions for the Sharks and recorded a career-high 33 against the Mersey Tigers. Besides being the Sharks’ leading point scorer, Mike also leads the club in two-point shots (1,561) and rebounds (2,532). He finishes with career averages of 11.5 points per game and 6.8 rebounds per game from 26.1 minutes on the field.
Besides his statistical excellence, Tuck is well known for his expert analysis on Sky Sports, relating to both the NBA and BBL and is a hugely popular figure across the league and with fans.
Although Mike is hanging up his boots on the pitch, he will continue with the Sharks in his role as the club’s chief marketing officer.
Sheffield sent its sincere thanks to Mike for his remarkable achievements, longevity and leadership and wishes him all the best in this next stage of his career.
The Sharks take on the London Lions in the first match of the season on Friday September 23 in Sheffield. Tickets are now available via http://sharksbasketball.org/.