Wisconsin tabs Tucker to help on bench with Moore sidelined

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Alando Tucker, Wisconsin’s all-time leading scorer, will be an interim assistant coach this season, replacing Howard Moore while he is on medical leave.

The Badgers announced the move Wednesday. Moore suffered third-degree burns in a car crash in May that killed his wife, Jennifer, and 9-year-old daughter, Jaidyn. He recently suffered a medical issue and went into cardiac arrest. He will not coach this season.

“I never wanted to join the Wisconsin coaching staff under circumstances like this, and my thoughts and prayers are with Howard and his family and will continue to be all season,” Tucker said. “Howard and his family are very close friends of our family and his absence on the UW bench will be immense.”

Tucker scored 2,217 points for Wisconsin and was the 2007 Big Ten Player of the Year before playing three seasons in the NBA. He has been the school’s director of student-athlete engagement since February 2018.

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“We’re thankful to have someone like Alando able to step into this role,” coach Greg Gard said. “His familiarity with the program and our players, combined with his incredible basketball experience and energy will be a great fit.”

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