Coach Pleased With Buckman's Development

Clifton McNeely has had some players in his program. The former SMU assistant and current Austin Westlake head coach says Brad Buckman is ahead of guys like Chris Mihm and Luke Axtell in terms of development coming out of high school.

Buckman Coming Along Nicely

Brad Buckman is trying to keep a streak alive. Rick Barnes' Texas Longhorns have had a McDonalds All-American each of the last two seasons – Brian Boddicker and TJ Ford. Buckman is certainly a viable candidate this year.

"He's having a very good year," Westlake coach Clifton McNeely said. "Early in the season he was out with a very bad ankle sprain." McNeely says Buckman is now averaging 22 points, 12.5 rebounds and 5 blocks.

"I can't complain other than that I only get him for a few more games."

Buckman made tremendous strides in his game while on the AAU circuit last July. His improvement has carried over into his high school season. "I think the biggest improvement from last year is he plays much more intense and he's increased his range and become a more versatile offensive player." While Buckman plays mostly down low for Westlake, McNeely says he's shooting 38% from 3-point range. Not bad for a power forward.

" I had (Chris) Mihm and (Luke) Axtell and I would put him in a category slightly ahead of those guys coming out of high school," McNeely said. "I think he's at that level based on the guys I've had."


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