Alando Tucker is a member of Wisconsin basketball again.
The Badgers’ all-time leading scorer is back in Madison after a 10-year career in the NBA and overseas in Russia, Spain, Slovakia, Bulgaria, France and Israel. He is Wisconsin’s new director of student-athlete-engagement.
The school explained his role in more detail in a release Thursday:
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.
“It’s a great fit for him and an unbelievable fit for us when you can bring back one of the school’s all-time greats,” Wisconsin coach Greg Gard said in the release.
“I’m super excited about this opportunity,” Tucker said. “I always wanted to come back to the university in some capacity … I thought this would be a perfect fit for me.”
Tucker was the Big Ten Player of the Year in the 2006-07 season. He averaged 20 points that season to go along with 5.4 rebounds and 2 assists per game.
Tucker finished his Wisconsin career with 2,217 points, 70 more than former Badgers star Michael Finley. Tucker’s total is sixth in Big Ten history.
He was selected 29th overall by the Phoenix Suns in the 2007 NBA Draft.