T.J. Buchanan returned to the Rhode Island men's basketball program as the Director of Player Development in September of 2017 and was promoted to Director of Basketball Operations in May of 2018.
A two-year team captain for Dan Hurley as a player, Buchanan played for Rhode Island from 2011-15. The team qualified for the NIT during his senior season. As a senior, he was honored by the Rhode Island House of Representatives with the Scholar Athlete Award.
After graduating from Rhode Island, Buchanan spent three seasons as an assistant coach for Kalamazoo Central, helping the team win back-to-back Class A Southwest Michigan District championships in 2015-16 and 2016-17. The team also was the 2016-17 Class A Southwest Regional champion. All five seniors from the 2016-17 squad moved on to play collegiate basketball.
Buchanan graduated from Rhode Island with a bachelor's degree in Communication Studies in May of 2015. He also earned a minor in Writing.