Bucks assistant Darvin Ham graduates from Texas Tech 23 years after playing there
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.
Former @TexasTechMBB star Darvin Ham is among our 1️⃣3️⃣ student-athletes earning their degrees today!
— Texas Tech Red Raiders (@TechAthletics) August 10, 2019
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:
— Texas Sports History (@TXSportsHistory) March 24, 2018
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 left Texas Tech after three years for the NBA. He played 8 seasons and eventually started a coaching career that’s now landed him as the top assistant with the Bucks. Twenty-three years later, he completed his degree and walked in graduation ceremonies today. pic.twitter.com/URYh5BCnoB
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 10, 2019
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.