Here is a great article on Buford. He sounds like he is gonna be a big time player. Ohio St. recruit shines at camp By Keith Pompey Inquirer Staff Writer It was a never-ending sequence of torture. Day after day, William Buford Jr. headed to the park across the street from his Toledo, Ohio, home to play basketball. He always returned distraught an hour later. "Playing with the older people, they used to always push me around," Buford said. "They used to make me go home crying. . . . My brother [Ryan Rayford] used to also send me home crying." Eight years later, he is the one upsetting people. So far, the senior-to-be at Toledo's Libbey High has not brought opponents to tears at Reebok's elite Rbk U camp at Philadelphia University. However, the 6-foot-5 shooting guard has frustrated the guys who have tried to guard him. The 17-year-old, who has committed to Ohio State, finished with 15 points, six rebounds and two steals yesterday to lead team Yao Ming past team Rasual Butler, 102-80. He followed that up with 19 points, six rebounds and a blocked shot in a 90-79 victory against team Al Jefferson in the afternoon. Buford averaged 28.4 points, 12.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists last season at Libbey. "He's an athlete who can shoot the three, especially on the catch-and-shoot," said Van Coleman, a recruiting analyst for CSTV.com. "He has a dribble-drive and is a physical guard. He is a good offensive player. "I think he is a guy that can put up some very, very big numbers in college because of his ability to shoot it and finish." Coleman lists Buford as the nation's 16th-best prospect in the Class of 2008. Scout.com rates Buford as the 12th-ranked senior. Rivals.com lists him 25th in his class. The well-spoken and likable teenager attributes his lofty rankings to that torture at the park. "My dad kept pushing me," he said. "He just stayed on me every day. Every time I went to the park, he was with me. I never left the park." After a while, "I learned to like [the rough play]," Buford said, "and I liked for my dad to stay on me so I could get better."