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Bucks assistant Darvin Ham graduates from Texas Tech 23 years after playing there

Darvin Ham, Bucks

Former NBA player Darvin Ham, who is now one of the assistant coaches of the Milwaukee Bucks, has graduated from Texas Tech 23 years after playing for the Red Raider basketball team.

Per the Texas Tech University Athletics, Ham was one of the 13 student-athletes who earned their degrees on Saturday during the university’s summer commencement ceremonies held at United Supermarkets Arena.

Ham took Texas’ Degree Completion Program, which is available to all student-athletes who aim to complete their degrees years after their eligibility has been exhausted.

Darvin Ham suited up for Texas from 1993 to 1996 before entering the NBA as an undrafted prospect. He played eight seasons in the NBA for the Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, Washington Wizards, Milwaukee Bucks, Atlanta Hawks, and the Detroit Pistons — where he won his first and only NBA title. He also played for several teams abroad.

This is his most famous highlight as a basketball player: It came with Texas Tech in the 1996 NCAA Tournament against North Carolina:

Ham forged a proud moment by leading Texas Tech to the Sweet 16 in 1996. His graduation 23 years later was preceded by the Red Raiders making the NCAA Tournament national title game and losing in overtime to the Virginia Cavaliers this past April.

Darvin Ham has served as an assistant and head coach for the Albuquerque Thunderbirds (now the Canton Charge) of the G League. From 2011 to 2013, he was part of the Los Angeles Lakers coaching staff where he worked with the likes of Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol as a player development coach. From 2013 to 2018, he was an assistant with the Atlanta Hawks where he was pivotal in the team’s playoff campaign. Since 2018, he’s been among the assistants of the Milwaukee Bucks squad which made it to the Eastern Conference Finals last season.