Brad Buckman commits to Texas

<i>IC</i>'s Jeff Goodman reports that Tar Heel target Brad Buckman, a 6-9 PF from Austin (TX) Westlake, has decided to commit to Texas over North Carolina. (Updated at 10:30 p.m. with quotes from Brad.)


Brad Buckman
6-9, 225 pounds
Austin (TX) Westlake

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10/23, 10:30 p.m.: IC's Jeff Goodman spoke with Buckman on Tuesday evening about his decision to commit to Texas.

"The reason I chose Texas is because when I was little, I always wore Texas stuff and lived and breathed Texas," Buckman said. "It was my dream to play for my home state and in front of my family."

And when was this decision finalized?

"I made up my mind this morning and talked to my coach and we did it from there," he said.

10/23, 10:00 a.m.: Tammy Buckman, Brad's mother, informed InsideCarolina's Jeff Goodman this morning that her son has decided to attend Texas.

"He just committed this morning," Tammy Buckman told IC. "He's going to go to Texas.

After narrowing a list of schools down to North Carolina and Texas, Buckman made an official visit to the Chapel Hill campus on the weekend of Sept. 29 and then returned for an unofficial visit on Oct. 12 for Midnight with the Heels.

"I just had a feeling, but I had already planned on using all my Southwest Airlines miles. Now I don't have to think about that anymore," Tammy said.

"I think staying close to home was very important and was the deciding factor. People at home have said 'we have season tickets and we want to see you play'. He has a lot of support here. They even came to watch his practices."

Both coaching staffs were informed minutes ago of his decision.

"He wants to take the program here to another level. For Brad's sake, I hope it becomes that way. T.J. (Ford's) excited and so is Brad."

10/22, 11:30 p.m.: The evening concluded with no public decision from Buckman. The respective coaching staffs continue to wait. Stay tuned to IC for the latest ...

10/22, 6:30 p.m.: IC's Jeff Goodman spoke with Buckman's mother, Tammy, late Monday afternoon. Tammy Buckman said Brad has made a decision and is ready to go public.

"Brad said something to that effect last night," she said, having returned Sunday evening from a golf trip with Brad's father, Brent. "We're going to talk about it tonight over dinner because we just got in last night."

10/21: "[Doherty] was like, "You went to my Midnight Madness, so I'm not going to call you. Do whatever you want to do. If it's Texas, we'll be with you 100%, but if North Carolina, we'll be with you 100%." (Interview with Brad Buckman)

10/15: "I think Brad was very impressed. I think that, obviously, with the magnitude of Midnight Madness here, he definitely saw the atmosphere that was generated in old Carmichael and got a glimpse of how it would be at the Center. So I think he's definitely got a strong feeling and indication for the appreciation for Carolina basketball and appreciation for the Carolina basketball players." (Buckman's coach recaps the visit)

10/10: Westlake coach Clifton McNeely contacted IC today. "I just wanted to let you that know that Brad has changed his mind and he is going to visit Carolina this weekend unofficially so he can have an opportunity to watch practice," he said.

10/9: IC spoke with Westlake head coach Clifton McNeely today. He said that assistant coach Doug Wojcik is in Austin tonight, not Doherty.

"He'll make the decision, I would say, somewhere around, between the 16th and the 18th of October. Right now I think he's kind of got those dates in mind and somewhere in there he's looking at trying to make the decision whether it's Carolina, whether it's Texas or whether he needs to wait until the spring." (IC Interview with Buckman's coach)

10/9: As Buckman continues to weigh Carolina and Texas, the UNC staff is making sure he's not just surrounded by Longhorns from now until he makes his decision.

Coach Doherty is expected to be in Austin today to attend another Buckman practice. In addition, word from Chapel Hill is that it is now likely that Buckman will attend Friday night's "Midnight with the Heels."

10/8: Buckman, and his father, spoke with IC's David Thompson as Brad continues to think over his decision, which is becoming more difficult than he expected -- Brad Buckman Interview.

10/5: While a decision was expected by those close to the situation this week -- the week came and went.

10/1: In an interview with IC after his official visit to Texas, Buckman said the two schools were even and he would decide in a week or two -- Brad Buckman returns from UT visit.

9/28: IC spoke with Buckman before he left for his official visit to Texas this weekend. "I'm really not for sure on North Carolina right now," Buckman said. "I'm just going to take the visit and see how it goes." ... Buckman prepares for final visit).

9/23: Buckman raved about his official visit to Carolina in an IC interview shortly after returning home. "It really couldn't have been better. That was awesome. It was really cool. No flaws." ... Carolina visit has HUGE impact on Buckman (photo of Brad at Kenan Stadium included).

9/22: Some Carolina fans made a sign to welcome Buckman - Photo Link.

9/21: Buckman begins his official visit to Chapel Hill today.

9/13: Buckman's official visit to Carolina has been postponed one week, in light of this week's tragic events. He'll now be on campus Sept. 21-23, the weekend of the Florida St. game.

Buckman was to visit UCLA that weekend, but he has since dropped the Bruins from his list.

9/12: "It was great," Brad told Inside Carolina enthusiastically, minutes after the in-home visit had concluded. "I thought it was a lot of fun. I enjoyed seeing both coaches and talking with them" ... Brad Buckman In-Home Visit Report

9/11: Tar Heel head coach Matt Doherty, and assistant Doug Wojcik, departed Raleigh-Durham Airport this morning on a flight to Austin, Texas. While in flight, their airplane was given the nationwide FAA orders to land at the nearest aiport -- which was Houston.

Doherty and Wojcik made the three-hour drive to Austin and this evening's in-home visit will take place, the Buckman family told IC today.

9/10: "It's a big-time school and my question is 'Can I take it or not?'" he told IC." ... Brad Buckman talks about upcoming visits

9/5: The Buckman family informed IC of Brad's visit schedule ...

In-Homes - UNC (9/11), UCLA (9/12), Texas (9/19) and Kansas (TBA).

Official Visits - Kansas (9/7), UNC (9/13), UCLA (9/21) and Texas (TBA).

8/24: "It was his overall play [this summer] and people starting to recognize his ability. He's very well coached [at Westlake] ... And he's a great kid. He's got a great work ethic. He's gained some weight and he's gotten stronger. I think that's been a big factor. So I guess his work ethic and everything else, it all seemed to come together." (Interview with Buckman's AAU coach)

8/23: We've assembled three photo galleries of Buckman taken at Westlake HS in Austin last weekend: 1) Dunking 2) Shooting 3) Posing.

8/22: "I think at the next level [PF is] definitely his position. I think that it is because he has the ability to play both inside and outside. He handles the ball very well. I think his range has increased in terms of shooting the basketball. He can step on the perimeter and shoot it from long range and he can take people off the dribble and go to the basket." (Interview with Buckman's HS coach)

8/21: "I go out each game thinking I can kick everybody's butt. If I haven't, I don't feel satisfied. I have to go out again." (Inside Carolina Interviews Brad Buckman)

8/20: Just this past week, Brad narrowed his list of schools down, scratching Missouri and Illinois from his list while continuing to set up in-home and campus visits with the remaining four suitors: North Carolina, Texas, UCLA and Kansas. (Brad Buckman Profiled at IC this week)

8/3: "I'm not exactly sure, but as of right now, it looks like I want to take official visits to UCLA, Kansas, Missouri, North Carolina and Illinois," he said, having already made numerous visits to the local Texas campus. (IC interviews new recruit Brad Buckman)

7/27: Dave Telep - "The reality is that while there are 25 guys with larger names, there probably aren't 25 better players in the class," Telep said. "This forward is athletic, can handle it some, blocks shots, shoots to medium-range and scores in the post." (Potential target emerges at Big Time)


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