One of the most underrated qualities in a college athlete is summed up by one word. That word is passion. What does that mean exactly? It can mean a lot of things. It can mean that the athlete loves the sport that he's participating in. It can mean that he's a very intense individual who hates losing.
In the case of Dominique Buckley, it means that he is positive that there is no other place in the country where he wants to play his college ball. Buckley has been a Cyclone for less than 24 hours, and he's already very passionate about it.
"There are a lot of things going through my head right now. I'm excited most of all. I'm excited about the commitment and I'm excited about being a Cyclone. Most of all I'm just excited to get there and play with the studs and stuff," Buckley told CycloneNation.com on Wednesday night.
Buckley isn't the only one who is excited about the commitment.
"My family is excited. If I had to choose one word to describe it as…it'd be excited," Buckley joked.
It all started when Buckley
"When I went down there I had a
whole different impression on what I thought
Two things stood out to Buckley on
his visit. The first was his instant connection with the
"I like the coaches. I feel like I've really made a connection with them," Buckley said about his future head coach. "He's a great guy. If anything, if it's from me or anyone else, he deserves to be a legend there."
The other bright spot that stood out to Buckley was the historically rich, Hilton Coliseum.
"I love that arena. They talked to me about how it's really loud. I love playing in arenas where there are a lot of people and the fans are going to be behind me," Buckley said.
Buckley is entering his junior
season at Romulus HS in
"That season was unbelievable. I couldn't believe what was going on. I was a freshman playing on the varsity team and we made it all of the way to the state championship. It was heartbreaking to lose but I couldn't ask for too much more," Buckley said. "I think that it helped me throughout last year's season because I had been there and I knew what it was like to be there. I'm hungry to get back."
Buckley said that his leadership
skills are one of the biggest attributes that he plans on brining to
"I'm not afraid to get on other players. I'm not afraid to talk to them and let them know things. I think that's the biggest impact I have on the team," Buckley said.
Buckley still has two high school
seasons to go, so plenty could happen before he hits the court at
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