Andress and Chapin might be rivals on the basketball floor, but the two communities came together on Friday night to honor the late Cliff Tucker. The Huskies holding a pregame ceremony to retire Tucker’s number 21 jersey in front of his family, friends, and the Northeast El Paso community.
“When you get Andress and Chapin together, you think of Cliff Tucker,” said Chapin head coach Rodney Lewis. “He had some of his best games against Andress. It’s just a celebration for the Northeast. He’s a Northeast kid.”
Lewis coached Tucker at Chapin from 2003-2007. Tucker was a two-time All-State selection (2006, 2007) and was a McDonald’s All-American Honorable Mention his senior year. He was ranked the 89th player in the nation coming out of high school and went on to play his college basketball at Maryland where he starred for the Terrapins from 2007-2011.
“Everyone looked up to Cliff,” said Chapin head football coach and athletic coordinator Rene Hernandez. “He was such an unselfish young man. He took joy in seeing the success of teammates.”
While Tucker’s passing was tragic and untimely, those closest to him as well as Northeast El Paso remembered a local legend who will forever be enshrined at Chapin High School. A gesture for a man who helped pave the way for El Paso student-athletes to achieve their dreams for years to come.