National Player of the Year Candidate Alando Tucker
Senior Alando Tucker is a leading candidate for All-America and National Player of the Year honors. For the second straight season, he led Wisconsin in scoring and was near the top of the Big Ten. This season, Tucker became the second UW player and 24th player in Big Ten history to score at least 2,000 career points. He finished his career with 2,217 points, the most in school history and ninth on the Big Ten's all-time scoring list.
Tucker also holds seven other career school records, including games played (134), games started (126), minutes played (4,297), field goals (798), free throws (520), free throw attempts (817) and offensive rebounds (314). This year he set single-season school records for points scored (716), field goals made (256) and attempted (545), free throw attempts (249), games played and started (36).
The consummate leader, Tucker has battled through numerous injuries to come back strong for his fifth year. A foot injury derailed his true sophomore season, leading to a medical redshirt. As a junior, he broke his nose in the fifth game of the season, forcing him to wear a protective mask for 13 games and affecting his breathing for the rest of the year. He had surgery prior to this season to relieve his breathing problem.
This season, his first fully healthy year since he was a freshman, Tucker has led Wisconsin to heights unparalleled in school history. The Badgers had a 17-game winning streak from November to January, the longest single-season streak in school history. UW also earned a No. 1 ranking in the Associate Press poll, a first in school history, and its highest seed ever in the NCAA tournament (No. 2).
In the links above, fans can see video of highlights of some of Alando's best moments this season as well as some exclusive home video Alando took while the team was in Italy last August. Fans can also enjoy the "Alando" song, a take off of ABAA's "Fernando" made by a local Madison radio station as well as Alando's recounting of the story of Jim Biggs and Ivan Jefferson he recorded in conjunction with the UW Athletic Department's recognition of Black History Month.
For fans looking for Alando's updated statistics from this season, you've come to the right place. His award flyer contains the latest notes on his performance as well as his updated bio. Also available are his game-by-game stats and where he ranks on the various UW career lists. Lastly, fans can read what people are saying about Alando in the "Articles" link, which includes stories from both local Madison newspapers as well as national sources.