Cyclones Pick Up a True Leader in Buckley

On Wednesday, Greg McDermott picked up one of the top 2008 prospects in the entire state of Michigan, when Dominique Buckley committed to Iowa State. In this CN feature, Buckley talks about his commitment to Iowa State, and the special relationship he's already formed with the Iowa State coaching staff.

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 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 visited Ames just a couple of weekends ago. According to the 6'2, 190 pound point guard, Iowa State wasn't anything like he had imagined it would be.


"When I went down there I had a whole different impression on what I thought Iowa State was going to be. When I got there, it was totally different. It was a lot bigger and a lot more exciting. The people were nice," Buckley said.


Two things stood out to Buckley on his visit. The first was his instant connection with the Iowa State coaching staff, specifically Greg McDermott.


"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 Romulus Mich., but he's already established himself as a team leader. In fact, he did that as a freshman when he was the sixth man on the varsity squad that went all the way to the Michigan state championship game.


"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 Iowa State in the future.


"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 Iowa State. Even though he'll probably get a lot more attention from major division one programs, Buckley is confident that Iowa State is the school for him.


"I committed to Iowa State simply because I thought that was the place for me. I felt the connection and I thought it was right for me. I feel that if I wouldn't have committed and I would have gone on and played this year, I would get more attention because I feel like I'll have a really good season this year," Buckley said.





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