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Former Wisconsin Basketball Forward to Play in the 2024 Olympics

Badgers fans will have a reason to tune into the Men’s Olympics Basketball Tournament this summer.



Former Wisconsin basketball player, Aleem Ford
Baylor Bears guard MaCio Teague (31) moves the ball against Wisconsin Badgers forward Aleem Ford (2) in the first half during the second round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament on Sunday, March 21, 2021, at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind. Mandatory Credit: Denny Simmons/IndyStar via USA TODAY Sports

Badgers fans will have an opportunity to see a former Wisconsin basketball player play in the 2024 Olympics taking place in Paris, France.

Aleem Ford (#12), who played for Wisconsin from 2017-2021, will partake in the summer games as a member of the Puerto Rico men’s basketball team.

Puerto Rico won the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament 2024 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to earn the country’s first trip to the Men’s Olympic Basketball Tournament in 20 years.

The former Wisconsin basketball forward played in three of the four games, averaging 7.2 minutes per game. In that limited action, Ford scored 4.0 points per game on 44.4% from the field and going perfect (2/2) from inside the arc and 2/2 from the free throw line.  He also averaged 1.7 rebounds per game and 0.3 blocks per game.

Puerto Rico will be placed in Group C, along with the United States, Serbia (led by Nikola Jokic), and South Sudan, who will be making their first-ever appearance in the Olympics. It’s a pretty tough draw, but two teams from each group will advance, plus the two best-place teams will move on past the group phase.

Ford, however, is no stranger to professional play. He has spent the majority of his time in the NBA G League, most recently with the Wisconsin Herd, the Milwaukee Bucks’ G League affiliate. But he has played a few games in the NBA with the Orlando Magic, averaging 2.8 points per game in his short stint. During his time in the G League, the former Wisconsin basketball player has averaged 11.3 points per game over his career.

Puerto Rico will kick off their Olympic games on July 28 when they take on South Sudan at 6:00 AM central time.

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