2016 guard has early interest

De'Monte Buckingham, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound guard out of Virginia, began building his basketball reputation following a big state championship outing as a freshman.

As a freshman De'Monte Buckingham helped Richmond (Va.) Buckingham to a state title, including scoring 18 points in the championship game.

Buckingham built on that success this spring and summer playing for Team Richmond. Now he's holding six scholarship offers and is picking up interest from a host of college programs.

"My first offer was from Radford," Buckingham said. "My second was from Virginia Tech. My third one was from University of Richmond. My fourth one was ODU. My fifth one was UVa and then my sixth one was VCU."

Maryland, Miami, North Carolina and Xavier have also shown varying degrees of interest. To date, Buckingham has taken a pair of unofficial visits. His latest trip was to North Carolina this past Friday.

"It was great," he said of the visit to UNC. "I liked the whole facilities. I liked how organized it was. I feel great about them showing interest in me."

North Carolina started recruiting him in the spring and saw him play three times at AAU Nationals in July.

"I didn't get a chance to sit down and have a full conversation with coach [Roy] Williams. I was talking to coach [Steve] Robinson. He was telling me that me that there recruiting process is slow. He wants to make sure that it's the right fit for me and I'm the right fit for them."

Buckingham has also taken a visit to Maryland.

"I went to Maryland," he said. "They called my AAU coach the other day and said they want to get me back for another visit soon."

A 2016 guard, Buckingham, who checks in at 6-foot-4, 200-pounds, said his best attribute on the court is his ability to pass.

"I can pass," he said. "That's what all these college coaches tell me that I do the best. They said I can pass real well. They said they like that I'm unselfish."

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