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Prospect Profile

William Buford

  • Full Name: William Buford
  • Position: Shooting Guard
  • Height/Weight: 6-6 / 220
  • Birthdate: January 1, 1989
  • College: Ohio State
 

Strengths:
* Game-breaking shooter when he’s confident
* Competes
* Good athlete
* Good passer
* Rebounds his position
* Great free throw shooter

Weaknesses:
* Prone to shooting slumps
* Needs to get points off the bounce
* Can he guard in the NBA?

NBA projection:
Buford is projected to go in the second round. He’s got athleticism and decent size for the two-guard position, though he’ll have to get stronger. He’s capable of taking over games, but he’s also prone to shooting slumps. If he’s to make an NBA roster, consistency will be what gets him there. He figures to be a complementary piece, not a primary scoring option.

2011-12 Season:
Buford experienced some highs and lows in his senior season. He beat Michigan State with a shot at the buzzer to help claim a piece of the Big Ten Title, and he lit up Purdue for 29 points, Northwestern for 28, Kansas for 21 and Duke for 20. But he also struggled mightily in Ohio State’s losses and was off and on down the stretch of the season. The slump wasn’t without its benefits, though, because Buford learned to focus on helping his team in other ways when his shot wasn’t falling.

Key statistics:
14.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.7 apg, 2.2 tpg, 0.8 spg, 33.8 mpg, .419 FG, .358 3PT, .832 FT

Cool statistic:
Buford is one of just four players in Ohio State history to amass more than 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists in his career (Jim Jackson, Evan Turner and David Lighty were the others). Buford finished his career with 1,990 points, tied with Jerry Lucas for third place in OSU history, 666 rebounds and 361 assists.

Reminds me of:
John Salmons

What Insiders Say:
Ohio State coach Thad Matta
"I haven’t been worried about Will. I think Will has been playing pretty good basketball. Maybe the shots haven’t been falling for him, but nobody can make them all. You know we want him to shoot and make them, but you look at him and everything he’s done here. I have great confidence in him and will never lose it."

What Outsiders Say:
Kansas coach Bill Self
"He’s made more big shots — more perimeter shots for sure — than anybody playing in the [2012 NCAA] tournament, without question. I wouldn’t even think that that’s close."

-- Prospect profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook
 

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