Dalen Cuff

Inside Biography

Dalen Cuff is a former American basketball player turned basketball analyst. He played college basketball at Columbia University and currently works as an in-game and studio analyst for ESPN's coverage of college basketball. He helped found ESPN's ACCN Network.      

Graduate of Columbia University

Dalen Cuff is a native of Palm Harbor, Florida, but moved to New York to enroll at Columbia University in New York City. He was a collegiate basketball player during his time at Columbia as the point guard for the Columbia University Lions. During his senior career, he was even named the captain of the college basketball team.

Cuff graduated from Columbia, ranking among the top players in the college's history in terms of total games played, career three-point scores, the three-point percentage for a single season, and three-point scores made in a season.

Upon his graduation in 2006, Cuff instead of pursuing a career playing basketball opted to go into sports broadcasting.


Dalen Cuff began his sports broadcasting career straight out of university in 2006. His first broadcasting job was at his alma mater, where he worked as a color commentator at Columbia University's radio broadcasts of men’s basketball games alongside play-by-play guy Jerry Recco

In 2010, Cuff began working for the Madison Square Garden Network as a studio host, reporter, and basketball analyst covering high school basketball events in the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut area for the network's varsity sports network, MSG Varsity.

He hosted the nightly news and highlights show, The Sports Desk, in addition to being an in-studio and in-game college basketball analyst. After three years with the network, Cuff left MSG Varsity in 2013.     

Cuff began working as a college basketball analyst for NBC Sports Network in 2012. Besides being an analyst for NBC, he was also a host and reporter for Comcast SportsNet New England (CSNNE) and NBCSN (NBC Sports Network).

Dalen Cuff on NBCSN's coverage of the 2016 Rio Olympics SOURCE: NBC Olympics

At CSNNE, Cuff was a host across numerous programs including nightly news/highlights, opinion shows, team-specific magazine shows, and pre/post-game analysis and commentary shows. While at NBCSN, he also reported during the 2016 Rio Olympics.    

Dalen Cuff (left) on ESPN SOURCE: ESPN.com

Cuff joined ESPN as a college basketball analyst in 2016. He has been with the network since then. Aside from his expert analysis, Cuff was instrumental in the launch of ESPN's ACCN Network on August 22, 2019. The subscription-based multinational television channel exclusively covers the Atlantic Coast Conference.        

Is Dalen Cuff Married?

Dalen Cuff is married to his longtime girlfriend Adrienne Cuff. He is currently listed as residing in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with his wife.

by shrijan, 30 Aug, 2020

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