Buford has offers, planned visits

Florida Elite couldn't quite get over the top at the Super 64 this past weekend, but that Sunshine State squad did advance to the final day of competition.

Florida Elite couldn't quite get over the top at the Super 64 this past weekend, but that Sunshine State squad did advance to the final day of competition.

And Dante Buford was among those who stood out most. An explosive leaper with an ideal wing body type and an aggressive attitude, Buford combined with Brandone Francis and others to give Elite one of the tournament's most explosive perimeter batteries.

From that standpoint, then, one easily could place Buford into a box. The traditional, 1990s SEC wing mold would fit, except that he features another aspect to his game: three-point shooting.

Buford wields a smooth stroke and is particularly effective shooting from the top of the key. He buried several threes in his team's advance through the playoff rounds, making him a potential wing forward. That said, he'll definitely need to improve his dribbling for the next level.

College coaches obviously believe that he possesses the necessary tools to contribute at the high-major level.

"Recruiting is going good, I have Oklahoma, SMU, South Carolina, Miami, USC, Memphis …" Buford said. "Everybody has offered."

Buford claims not to possess any overarching desire to stay within Florida, nor does he have in specific situation in mind.

"It's just about getting that 'home' feeling somewhere and seeing where I fit the best," he said.

He said coaches view him as a combo forward who can defend either position. Unlike many players in his size range, he added that he doesn't have a positional preference.

"(Position) doesn't matter to me, as long as I can play and help out," he said.

The next step is setting up visits. Buford hopes to undertake fall officials and decide sometime prior to his senior season.

"I'm trying to set up visits to OU, Miami and Memphis for sure," he said, "and then just seeing after that."


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