Ohio State 2008-2012 SG - William Buford

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  1. fireman937

    fireman937 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    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."
     
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  3. louts8wings

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    this kid is the real deal. i don't think he will be at ohio state long.
     
  4. Arapahoe

    Arapahoe 2018 Big Ten Champs! Staff Member

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    Glad to see us always recruiting and keeping the big talent in Ohio. Thad has done a great job for us.
     
  5. BuckeyeOSUfan

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    I think our basketball team has a bright future.
     
  6. SanDiegoBuckeye

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    I thought Delvon Roe had it in the bag. Oh well, our guy is better!
     
  7. asa31191

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    today in the state semi-final game, buford lead toledo libbey to a 51-44 win over graham local with 21 points. toledo libbey will be playing in the state championship on saturday at 10:45 AM vs. Chillicothe at value city arena.
     
  8. fireman937

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    Saturday will be a good game. Buford is good but there is no way he is 1 and done.
     
  9. fireman937

    fireman937 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    He was out the whole season almost.
     
  10. asa31191

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    torn acl, right?
     
  11. fireman937

    fireman937 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Yea I believe so. I know it was a knee and I think I remember acl.
     
  12. louts8wings

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    yeah i caught the DII championship game yesterday. bufford had 29 pts. and hit a clutch 3 pointer to help his team take the game to OT. his team ended up losing by 1 but this kid is truely special. i can't wait to see what him, diebler, and mullens can do together.
     
  13. BRB

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    And hopefully Koufus!!!
     
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    i still cant get over the fact that libbey lost.
     
  16. asa31191

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    there was an editorial in the toledo blade today about how william buford was being a poor sport after the state championship game. something about how he wouldn't take his towel off his head and not accepting his medal. if anyone could find that online it'd be great, because toledoblade.com is a pain in the neck to navigate through.
     
  17. bucknutz021891

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    Any news or solid romors about Kosta?
     
  18. fireman937

    fireman937 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Nothing yet. Just that international teams have upped the money and he is a first rounder if he goes to the NBA. I really do not feel he will be back next year. It would be great though with him beside mullins.
     
  19. louts8wings

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    i really hope he stays.
     
  20. ScarletMerica

    ScarletMerica Super Buckin' Moderator Staff Member

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    Is this kid for the class of 08 or 09?
     

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