Thu, 11/13/2008 - 01:14 — Press Release
OXFORD, Miss. - Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy announced Wednesday that the
men's basketball team has received a national letter of intent from highly
touted high school senior Reginald Buckner, who will join the Rebels for the
2009-10 academic year.
A 6-foot-8, 210-pound native of Memphis, Tenn.,
Buckner is rated among the top 30 high school senior prospects in the nation and
the No. 5 small forward in the nation by Rivals.com. He is also ranked among the
country's top 100 players by Scout.com and Hoop Scoop.
got to like a guy who can play the small forward or power forward position and
who has a skill set like Reginald," said Rivals.com basketball recruiting
analyst Jerry Meyer. "He does a great job handling the ball, he can pass, and he
knows how to score. Defensively, he can guard different positions and uses his
quickness to block shots. In a nutshell, it's his versatility that makes him a
special player at around 6-8."
"We are very excited about Reginald
Buckner joining our program," Kennedy said. "He is an outstanding young player
that has that rare ability to truly affect the game on both ends of the court.
His offensive versatility coupled with his innate ability to block shots gives
him an opportunity to be a special player."
Buckner led Manassas High
School to a 35-6 record last year as a junior and helped the Tigers to their
first Tennessee state tournament victory and title game berth in 23 years. A
finalist for Tennessee's Class A Mr. Basketball and The Commercial
Appeal's 2007-08 Pepsi Best of the Preps Player of the Year award, he
averaged 16 points, 13.7 rebounds and 6.7 blocks for coach Gerald Harris' team
during his junior season. As a sophomore, he posted 11.1 points, 9.8 rebounds,
8.6 blocks and 4.3 assists per game.
Buckner has played AAU ball with
the Memphis Hoopers, under the direction of coach Jerry Anthony. He also
garnered national attention when he led his team to a tournament title at the
prestigious Boo Williams Invitational this past summer. He earned MVP honors
after scoring 19 points (8-11 from the field) and posting 11 rebounds and four
blocked shots in the championship game.
Buckner will add to a young
Rebel frontcourt that was bolstered this season by a pair of athletic incoming
freshmen in Terrance Henry and Murphy Holloway, as well as JUCO transfer
DeAundre Cranston. Sophomore Malcolm White and redshirt-freshmen Kevin Cantinol
return from last year's squad.
"Having athletic, interchangeable parts
can give you a lot of freedom defensively and offensively," Meyer said. "It's
sort of a new trend in basketball right now, and Ole Miss under coach Kennedy is
staying on the cutting edge."