Former Badger working to get onto NBA roster

Tucker will attend D-League Elite Training Camp
Former Badger working to get onto NBA roster

Alando Tucker, a former University of Wisconsin Badger basketball standout, could potentially be on an NBA roster.

Tucker was a first-round draft pick in 2007, an All-American, and now he’s just looking to get back in the game.

“You always want to be on the court and you always feel like you can play at the top level,” Tucker said. “Nothing’s changed. I haven’t been in the NBA for a couple years. Nothing’s changed. I feel like I can play at a high level.”

Drafted by the Phoenix Suns in 2007, Tucker was traded to Minnesota, had stints in the NBA Development League and played in Russia and Spain.

“A lot of big criticisms was (about) my shooting,” Tucker said. “I worked on that so much. I’ve been in the gym and it’s the thing of familiarity.”

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Tucker is adding moves to his arsenal. He’s working out with professional trainer and close friend, Drew Dunlop. Dunlop and Tucker pull and push each other to reach the next level.

“I’ve played in the D-League and (have been) able to put up numbers and shoot the ball well. (When I was) playing abroad, being able to shoot the ball well. Now, it’s just people being able to see it first hand,” Tucker said.

It’s an important summer for Tucker. He’s invited to the D-League Elite Camp in Chicago where he hopes to catch the eye of NBA scouts and make it back to the association.

“These steps are necessary for me to get to the point where I need to be,” Tucker said. “I understand I can play in the league and I just need to be ready for my opportunities.”

Devin Harris, Jon Leuer and Greg Stiemsma are the only three former Badger basketball players on current NBA rosters.

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