Wisconsin named all-time leading scorer Alando Tucker as an interim assistant coach for the 2019-20 season on Wednesday, and he will fill in for assistant Howard Moore.
Moore recently suffered a heart attack while still recovering from injuries in a May car accident in which his wife and daughter were killed.
“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 in a statement. “Howard and his family are very close friends of our family and his absence on the UW bench will be immense. He is the ultimate Badger and a tremendous coach. I owe it to him and my alma mater to do my best to coach up to his standard.”
According to the university, Moore suffered third-degree burns in the accident. He later had a heart attack and was in intensive care at UW Hospital in Madison before being moved to a long-term rehab facility.
“First off, the hearts of the entire Wisconsin basketball family are with Howard and his family right now,” head coach Greg Gard said in a news release. “We think about him daily and will continue to do so during the entire season. He has helped shape this program for more than 25 years and he will be missed in our huddle this year.
“We’re thankful to have someone like Alando able to step into this role. His familiarity with the program and our players, combined with his incredible basketball experience and energy, will be a great fit.
“No one person can fill Howard’s spot on our bench, but knowing how close he and Alando are as friends, I’m sure Alando will work as hard as possible to meet that level.”
Tucker scored 2,217 career points for the Badgers from 2002-07. He was Big Ten Player of the Year and first-team All-American as a senior.
Tucker was a first-round draft pick of the Phoenix Suns in 2017 and averaged 4.1 points in 51 NBA games over parts of three seasons with Phoenix and the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Moore’s son, Jerell, survived the crash that occurred just after 2 a.m. on May 25 near Ann Arbor, Mich. Tucker, 35, and wife Krystal have been helping take care of Jerell.