ACC programs still recruiting Buckles

AKRON, OH - Rakeem Buckles is using spring AAU events like the King James Shootout in Akron, OH to prove he's one of the top players in the Class of 2009. And he's doing it. That's why, despite an early commitment to Louisville, the talented 6-foot-8 Buckles continues to be recruited by two ACC programs.

Rakeem Buckles is using spring AAU events like the King James Shootout in Akron, OH to prove he's one of the top players in the Class of 2009. And he's doing it. That's why, despite an early commitment to Louisville, the talented 6-foot-8 Buckles continues to be recruited by ACC programs.

After scoring 20 points and leading his team to a pool play win Saturday morning in Akron, Buckles told InsideTheVille.com that schools like Miami continue to recruit him.

"They still send me mail and they call and I talk to them," Buckles said, adding that he is firm in his commitment to Louisville. "I like Pitino. He's a good coach. When I went up there it felt like a place I should be at.


Louisville commit Rakeem Buckles still
gets recruiting interest.

This spring, Buckles has shown off a more mature and well-rounded skill package. Scout's like Dave Telep have raved about his up-side potential for a while. Now, Buckles is taking his vast promise and turning himself into a productive and versatile forward.

"It's been going alright," Buckles said. "I wish I was doing a lot better. I want to do a whole lot better."

There are a couple of specific areas the 6-8 Buckles want to make improvements. How Buckles plans to continue making strides in his game is simple. He'll follow a tried and tested route: Hard work.

"(I want) to rebound and finish a whole lot better," he said. "I need to get stronger and keep working in the gym."

Like most prospects, Buckles said he felt the pressures of the recruiting process last summer. Now, having already committed to Louisville, instead of worrying about impressing college coaches, Buckles can turn his entire attention to becoming a better player on the court.

"Last year I was trying to get a scholarship and I had a lot of pressure when I was playing but now that I'm already committed it's a relief," said Buckles.


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