Wisconsin Basketball: All-time starting five

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Power Forward (Forward 2): Alando Tucker

Honorable Mention: Jon Leuer, Keaton Nankivil, Mike Wilkinson, Mark Vershaw, Ryan Evans

  • 2002-2007
  • Career: 16.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.6 assists
  • Accolades
    • First Team All-American
    • Big Ten Player of the Year
    • All-time leading scorer at Wisconsin

Perhaps one of the most electric and exciting players to ever wear a Wisconsin uniform, Tucker brought that extra bounce each game and turned what was considered a “boring Bo Ryan” team into a top ten threat in the country.

A high-flyer, perimeter threat, lockdown defender, and clutch performer- Tucker brought the whole package, able to play from the shooting guard position all the way to the power forward spot. A matchup nightmare, Tucker was able to take bigger defenders off the dribble and had excellent capabilities to finish at the rim and finish though contact. He was also able to thrive under Ryan’s swing offense, taking advantage of smaller defenders in the post and using his strong frame to finish through double teams.

From the UW Badgers website, Tucker is recognized as the program’s top all-time scorer and full of prestigious accolades during his time at Wisconsin.

From UWBadgers.com:

"Tucker earned Big Ten Player of the Year as a senior and was a finalist for every national player of the year award that season … he broke Devin Harris’ single-season school record with 716 points in 2006-07 … finished career ranking ninth in Big Ten history in both career points and free throws and fourth in conference history in free throw attempts"

Tucker was taken first round, 29th overall by the Phoenix Suns in thee 2007 draft and has bounced around the league, as well as overseas. He currently plays professionally in Israel for Hapoel Tel Aviv Basketball Club.