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Badgers hire Tucker as Director for Student-Athlete Engagement

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Alando Tucker, the all-time leading scorer in Wisconsin men’s basketball history, has returned to UW Athletics as the Director for Student-Athlete Engagement.

In his new role, Tucker will work with incoming student-athletes and their families to enhance how they acclimate to life at UW and in the community, in addition to learning about and using UW resources available throughout their collegiate careers.

“I’m extremely excited about this opportunity,” said Tucker. “I always wanted to come back to the university in some capacity. I thought this would be a perfect fit for me.”

Following his career with the Badgers, Tucker embarked on a 10-year professional career that included three seasons in the NBA and seven years of international basketball. Since May 2015, he has served as founder and CEO of Arcitec Basketball, an international consultancy specializing in mentoring students and transitioning professional athletes to establish sustainable post-athletic careers by building their personal brands through hosting community development based activities and programs. 

“After 15 years of experience in intercollegiate and professional athletics as a student-athlete, professional athlete and founder and CEO of a student-centered nonprofit, Alando has provided opportunities of professional development to students, athletes, and parents in communities domestically and internationally,” said Doug Tiedt, UW’s Senior Associate Athletic Director for Student Services. “He will be a tremendous asset and resource to not only UW Athletics, but to the greater campus and community.”

Tucker played for the Badgers from 2002-07, finishing his career as UW’s all-time leading scorer with 2,217 points. Just the third consensus first-team All-American in school history, Tucker was a finalist for every major national player of the year award following his senior season. A two-time first-team All-Big Ten choice, he was named Big Ten Player of the Year in 2007, leading the Badgers to a then-school-record 30 wins and the first No. 1 ranking in school history.

Tucker also won the 2007 Senior Class Award. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award honors the attributes of NCAA Division I senior student-athletes in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition.

Tucker graduated from UW-Madison in 2007 with a degree in life science communication. He and his wife Krystal (also a Wisconsin alum) have two sons, Amir and Asaiah.

--Wisconsin Athletic Communications

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