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Alando Forest Tucker (born February 11, 1984 in Lockport, Illinoismarker) is an Americanmarker professional basketball player for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association, taken with the 29th pick in the 2007 NBA Draft. Tucker played four seasons at The University of Wisconsin–Madisonmarker and wore the number 42. Primarily a small forward, he is listed at 6'6" (1.98 m), 205 lbs (95 kg).

High school career

Alando attended Lockport Township High School in Lockport, Illinoismarker.

Tucker averaged 21.6 points and seven rebounds per game as a junior. He was one of only two juniors to be named to the Herald News AA all-area team.

As a senior Tucker earned all-state honors averaging 22.2 points while hauling in 7.7 rebounds and dishing 5.7 assists per game. He scored 35 points against Joliet, the number one ranked team in the state.

After seeing drugs and gang violence throughout his childhood, Tucker and his older brother Antonio made a pact to stay clean. They pledged to stay drug, tobacco, and alcohol free and stay away from tattoos.

Collegiate career

Tucker started off his college basketball career in 2002–03 starting 27 of 32 games as a freshman. He averaged 12.0 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.

In 2003–04, Tucker played in just four games because of a right foot injury. He applied for and received a medical redshirt after the season.

During the 2004–05 season, Tucker started 30 out of 31 games. He led the Badgers in scoring with 15.2 points. He also averaged 6.1 rebounds. At the end of the 2006–07 regular season, Tucker was averaging 19.9 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists.

On February 10, 2007, Tucker reached the 2,000 point mark in his collegiate career in a game against Iowa. He was the second Wisconsin Badger to ever accomplish this. The first was Michael Finley.

On March 10, 2007, Tucker broke the all-time Wisconsinmarker scoring record (2,147 points) previously held by Michael Finley.

Tucker also broke Finley's UW vertical jump record.

His collegiate career ended on March 18, 2007, when the Badgers lost to the UNLVmarker Runnin' Rebels 74–68 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Tucker finished with 17 points on 4–11 shooting from the field and 8–13 from the line. He also had seven rebounds.

He graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Madisonmarker in a ceremony on May 19, 2007.

NBA career

First Albuquerque Thunderbirds assignment

After appearing in two games for Phoenix, Tucker was assigned to the Suns' NBA Development League affiliate Albuquerque Thunderbirds on November 27, 2007. His performances include a 25-point, 12-rebound effort in a 92–84 loss to Idaho on December 1, 40 points (on 15-of-25 shooting, including 4-of-4 three-pointers) in a 109–102 win over Bakersfield on December 14, and 32 points in a 100–97 victory over Anaheim on December 15. Tucker was recalled by the Suns on December 18.

Second Albuquerque Thunderbirds assignment

On January 11, 2008, he was re-assigned to Albuquerque, and recalled ten days later. His performances include a team-high 33 points and 10 rebounds in a 123–117 win over Austin on January 12, 39 points in a 92–91 win over Rio Grande Valley on January 13, a game-high 26 points (on 11-of-19 field goals) in a 98–81 loss to Colorado on January 15, and a game-high 29 points in a 104–84 loss to Dakota on January 19.

Third Albuquerque Thunderbirds assignment

He was assigned a third time on March 13, 2008. In 21 total games (19 starts), he averaged 27.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists. Tucker's performances in his third assignment include scoring a Thunderbirds season-high 42 points in a 116–100 victory over Los Angeles on March 16, a 38-point effort in a 119–104 win over Tulsa on March 20, 33 points (including 14 in the final quarter) in a 114–108 win over Tulsa on March 21, 38 points in a 119–115 loss to Rio Grande Valley on March 30, and 34 points in a 118–112 victory over Tulsa on April 5. Tucker was recalled to the Suns on April 7. He received Honorable Mention for D-League Performer of the Week for March 17, 2008.

First Iowa Energy assignment

Tucker was assigned to the Suns' new D-League affiliate Iowa Energy on December 26, 2008. He was recalled on January 2, 2009, after playing two games with the Energy. His Iowa season-high was a 13-point effort in a 107–101 win over Utah on December 28.

Achievements and awards

  • Broke Michael Finley's UW school record for UW's All Time Leading Scorer with 2,217 points.
  • Broke Devin Harris's UW school record for most points in a single season.
  • Broke Michael Finley's UW school record for vertical leap as a freshman by jumping 38 inches.
  • 2002–03 – Set UW record for offensive rebounds (86) for a freshman
  • 2002–03 – Big Ten Conference All-Freshman Team
  • 2004–05 – Big Ten and Syracuse Regional all-tournament teams
  • 2004–05 – Consensus third-team All-Big Ten selection
  • 2005–06 – Preseason John Wooden Award Candidate
  • 2005–06 – First team All-Big Ten selection
  • 2006–07 – Preseason John Wooden Award Candidate
  • 2006–07 – Preseason Big Ten Player of the Year
  • 2006–07 – Consensus first team All-Big Ten selection
  • 2006–07 – Big Ten Player Of The Year
  • 2006–07 – First Team All-American (National Association of Basketball Coaches)
  • 2006–07 – First Team All-American (The Sporting News)
  • 2006–07 – Lowe's Senior CLASS Award (Lowe's)

NBA career statistics

Regular season

6 0 8.0 .364 .250 .833 1.3 .0 .0 .2 3.7
30 1 9.4 .430 .348 .788 1.0 .4 .2 .0 4.6
36 1 9.2 .420 .333 .795 1.1 .3 .1 .0 4.4


  1. Tucker hits 2,000-point milestone as Badgers beat Iowa
  2. Tucker breaks scoring mark, leads Badgers past Illini
  3. Coach's son Kruger makes dad proud, leads UNLV to Sweet 16
  4. Suns Assign Alando Tucker To Albuquerque Thunderbirds
  5. Idaho Tops Thunderbirds For Fourth Straight Win
  6. Jam 102, Thunderbirds 109 - Box score
  7. Thunderbirds 100, Arsenal 97 - Box score
  8. Phoenix Recalls D-League Performer of the Week Tucker
  9. Suns Assign Strawberry To Thunderbirds
  10. Suns Re-Assign Tucker To Thunderbirds, Recall D.J. Strawberry
  11. Suns Recall Alando Tucker
  12. Tucker Helps T-Birds End Toros Home Win Streak
  13. T-Birds Edge Vipers
  14. 14ers Beat Thunderbirds to Snap Five-Game Skid
  15. Wizards Fly by Thunderbirds
  16. Suns assign Tucker to NBA D-League
  17. T-Birds Take Down D-Fenders for Fourth Straight Victory
  18. Thunderbirds Soar to Fifth Straight Win
  19. Thunderbirds Hold Off 66ers for Sixth Straight Victory
  20. Vipers Slither Past Thunderbirds to Take Back-to-Back Wins
  21. Tulsa Loses to Albuquerque, Falls Behind Colorado
  22. Suns Recall Alando Tucker
  23. D-League Performer of the Week: March 17, 2008
  24. Phoenix Assigns Alando Tucker To Iowa Energy
  25. Alando Tucker Assigned to NBA D-League
  26. Suns recall Tucker from Iowa Energy
  27. Sims Scores Season-High 36 To Lift Energy Past Flash

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