Buckley is Taking Notes

Dominique Buckley might only be a junior in high school, but he's already learning how Iowa State coach Greg McDermott likes to play basketball. How? Because Buckley and his father Sterling haven't missed a Cyclone game yet. Get the scoop on what's going on with Buckley in this CN recruiting update.

"We watch every game on TV. We've got the ESPN Full Court so we can see every game," Buckley's father Sterling told CN.


The interesting thing about this is that the Buckley's don't just watch and enjoy Cyclone games on television. Once the games are over, it's study time for Dominique. 


"He breaks down every game. He says ‘they did this good but they should have done this.' If they lose a game, he's going over what he'll do differently when he gets there. He knows how Coach Mac likes to play. He's really impressed with how they won six in a row with a new team and a new coach and everything," Buckley said.


Buckley might be a couple of years away from his debut in a Cyclone uniform, but this Detroit Romulus star has been keeping in touch with a lot of his future teammates according to his father.


"He talks to Dodie Dunson and a couple other freshmen who are already there. He really likes those guys," Buckley said.


Buckley's relationship is growing with the Iowa State coaches as well as time goes on.


"When we first met Coach Mac, right away we knew that he cared about his players and his program. He cares about them as people, not only as basketball players," Buckley said. "They've developed a really good relationship with us. If we want to talk about anything at anytime, if it's two in the morning, we can call."


Buckley's season officially starts on Dec. 12 but he has participated in a few pre-season scrimmages where he's performed well.


"They've had a couple of scrimmages and he did really well against some pretty good teams. They all had some pretty good guard play. I'm thinking he'll do pretty good this year," Buckley said.


Buckley's work ethic was one of his top draws for the Iowa State coaching staff and according to his father, it's carrying over to the rest of the team.


"He's in the gym with my youngest son DeAndre every day before school working out. Every day after practice, they'll stick around and shoot a little bit after. It's really carrying on with other players too. They kind of fall into the same mode as he is," Buckley said.


The Romulus squad has high expectations heading into Buckley's junior season. The Detroit Free Press has Romulus ranked 13th in the state in class B heading into the season.


CN will keep you updated all season long on how Buckley is doing.

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