TOMMY LUCE (Part 2) – How Luce became the "King of Mackey"

You've probably heard the signature "LUCE" chant at Mackey Arena... But Tommy Luce's story runs deeper than his late-game royalty.

Posted: Feb. 28, 2018 11:47 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — You may know who Tommy Luce is; and you may have affectionately chanted his name at a Purdue basketball game.

(This is the second story of a two-part series... To watch part one, click HERE)

ESPN's Scott Van Pelt referred to Luce as the "King of Mackey" after the sophomore ignited the crowd with a career-high four points in a dominant win over Lipscomb, earlier this season.

Tommy's story, however, runs much deeper than his two minutes of playing time late in games.

He's a sectional and regional champion on the high school level; and he's a lifelong family friend of Purdue head coach Matt Painter.

Tommy's father, Joe Luce is the head basketball coach at Jeffersonville High School, and coached Tommy until he graduated.

Interestingly, Joe Luce and Matt Painter were childhood friends and played basketball together in third grade.

For more on Tommy Luce's story, and how he became the "King of Mackey" ... See the videos above!

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