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Durango basketball player Tuss commits to Air Force


Leila Navidi

Joe Tuss shoots the ball during a game against Spring Valley at Durango High School in Las Vegas on Thursday, January 5, 2012.

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Durango High basketball player Joe Tuss has verbally committed to Air Force, Trailblazers’ coach DeShawn Henry said.

Tuss, a 6-foot-7 shooting guard who is averaging 18.4 points and seven rebounds per game, was also recruited by Eastern Washington and Loyola Chicago.

Tuss is a big reason why Durango is in third place of the Southwest Division with a 9-3 record. He has made 75 3-pointers this year.

“Some nights, it may be to hit the shots,” Henry said in earlier this season of Tuss’ role. “Some nights, it may be for him to rebound. Some nights, it may be for him to guard the best player. His role changes.”

Verbal commitments are non-binding and don’t become official until a letter of intent is signed. Tuss has been working with the Air Force since August, going through the meetings, physicals and other requirements needed to play for a military academy, Henry said.

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