Men's Basketball

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William Buford

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Toledo, Ohio

High School:
Libbey

Height / Weight:
6-6 / 220

Position:
Guard

William Buford

10/30/2013

Craft Named Candidate for Senior CLASS Award

Ohio State puts third candidate in four years on list

04/03/2012

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March 26 - April 1, 2012

04/01/2012

Ohio State's run comes to an end with 64-62 loss to Kansas

Buckeyes conclude season at Final Four

03/29/2012

Buckeyes playing their best down the stretch

Ohio State has won eight of its last nine to reach the final four

03/26/2012

Ohio State vs. Kansas Final Four Game Notes

Buckeyes will meet the Jayhawks at 7:50/8:50 p.m. ET Saturday in New Orleans

03/31/2012

Kansas 64, Ohio State 62

Ohio State vs. Kansas, NCAA Final Four, March 31, 2012.

03/24/2012

AP Photos: Ohio State vs. Syracuse

Ohio State vs. Syracuse NCAA Tournament Elite Eight

03/17/2012

Ohio State vs. Gonzaga - AP Photos

Ohio State vs. Gonzaga - AP Photos

03/10/2012

B1G Tournament Semifinal (3/10/12)

Ohio State 77, Michigan 55

03/09/2012

AP Photos: Ohio State vs. Purdue

Purdue vs. Ohio State Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinals

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  • 2012 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Nominee
  • 2012 Preseason All-Big Ten (Coaches)
  • 2012 Preseason Naismith Award Top 50
  • 2012 Preseason Wooden Award Top 50
  • 2011 Big Ten All-Tournament Team
  • 2011 NABC Second Team District 7
  • 2011 Second Team All-Big Ten (Coaches/Media)
  • 2010 Third Team All-Big Ten (Coaches/Media)
  • 2009 Big Ten Freshman of the Year (Coaches/Media)
  • 2009 Big Ten All-Freshman Team (Coaches)
  • 2009 Honorable Mention All-Big Ten (Coaches)
  • 2009 Big Ten Player of the Week, 1/19/09

AN OVERVIEW
William Buford is the top returning scorer from the 2009-10 Buckeyes, bringing back 14.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. A smooth shooter from mid-range with the ability to score from long range, on the break and driving through traffic, Buford was the 2009 Big Ten Freshman of the Year and a 2010 Third Team All-Big Ten (coaches and media) honoree. He enters 2010-11 with 904 career points, needing just 96 to become the third player on the Buckeye roster to hit 1,000, joining seniors David Lighty and Jon Diebler. Buford also brings a 64-game scoring streak into his junior season. He excels in conference play, raising his points per game average from 13.8 vs. non-conference opponents to 14.9 against Big Ten teams during regular-season play. Even as a freshman in 2008-09, he missed just one FT (22-23) in Big Ten play and upped scoring, FG pct, 3FG pct., assist and steals totals from non-conference numbers. Also a gifted free-throw shooter, he is a 78 percent shot from the charity stripe (134-171) and has hit every attempt in 25 career games.

AS A JUNIOR (2010-11)
• Started all 36 games played, averaging 14.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg and 2.9 apg ... Finished second on team in scoring behind national player of the year finalist Jared Sullinger
• Has scored in 100-consecutive games, dating back to Dec. 17, 2008 against Jacksonville ... last held scoreless vs. Butler (12/13/08)
• Became the 47th player in Ohio State history to record 1,000 points (1,424) and third on the 2010-11 Buckeye roster joining Jon Diebler and David Lighty
• With 1,424 career points holds 22nd-place in career scoring at Ohio State
• Scored in double-figures in 10 out of the last 11 Big Ten games and in 28 games during the season
• Shot 85 percent from the charity stripe (59-70) for the season and 91 percent (39-43) in Big Ten games, the latter of which was first among conference players

Notable Games in 2010-11
• Tallied 18 points, five boards, two assists and two steals against George Mason (3/20/11)
• Scored team-leading 18 points with six rebounds and five assists against UTSA (3/18/11)
• Scored 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting with four assists and three boards at Penn State (3/1/11)
• Led team by posting 23 points and adding five boards, in win over Michigan State (2/15/11)
• Scored a team-high 21 points while recording two rebounds and two assists at Wisconsin (2/12/11)
• Paced six Buckeyes in double-digits vs. Purdue (1/25/11), tallying 19 points and increasing his average vs. Boilermakers to 15.3 ppg.
• Scored game-high 19 points in win at Michigan (1/12/11) ... also tallied nine rebounds in first 40-minute outing of the season
• Tallied double-digit scoring in all eight games during month of December, ending with game-high 24 points vs. Indiana (12/31/10)
• Led team with season-high 23 points vs. Tennessee-Martin (12/27/10), plus five assists and three steals ... scored the first seven points of game and 10 of first 15
• Scored 17 points against Florida Gulf Coast (12/15/10) to pass the 1,000-point plateau
• Sat out game vs. Morehead St. (11/23/10) because of back spasms, ending a streak of 65-consecutive games started
• Had 16 points and a game-high eight assists against Florida (11/16/10)

AS A SOPHOMORE (2009-10)

  • One of three players to start all 37 games
  • Averaged 34.4 minutes per game with 14.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists
  • Was second on the team in scoring behind Evan Turner, the consensus national player of the year
  • Produced first four career double-doubles vs. Eastern Michigan (12/5/09), Michigan (1/3/10), Michigan State (2/21/10) and Illinois (3/13/10)
  • Had double-digit scoring efforts in 29 games and notched at least 20 in six contests
  • Posted 14.9 ppg and 6.8 rpg in regular-season Big Ten play, up from 13.8 ppg vs. non-conference foes
  • In the seven games during Evan Turner's injury (12/5/09 - 1/3/10), had 31 assists after 16 in previous seven games
  • Had 16 points and seven boards vs. UCSB March 19
  • Averaged 16.7 points and had six steals in three Big Ten Tournament games
  • Notched double-double in Big Ten semifinal vs. Illinois with 22 points and 10 boards in career-high 50 minutes of play
  • Had 17 points, including nine off free throws, with seven boards and six assists in win over Illinois (3/2/10)
  • Fell two points short of his career-high with 24 against Michigan (2/27/10)
  • Posted third double-double of his season/career with 17 points and 10 rebounds in win at Michigan State (2/21/10)
  • Scored a team-high 21 points while pulling down seven boards and dishing out four assists at Indiana (2/1/0/10)
  • Netted a career-high 26 points on 10-of-14 shooting in win over Minnesota (1/31/10), adding five assists
  • Had a game-high 12 rebounds, including a career-high 10 defensive boards in win over Wisconsin (1/16/10)
  • Marked 10th-consecutive game with double-digits points at Purdue (1/12/10) with 19-point performance
  • Scored 16 points and pulled down a career-best 13 rebounds at Michigan (1/3/10) for second career double-double ... attempted 17 shots and grabbed seven offensive rebounds at Michigan, both career highs
  • Led Buckeyes with 14 points and eight boards at Wisconsin (12/31/09)
  • Scored a team-high 20 points, including six on made free throws, and had seven rebounds at Butler (12/12/09)
  • Earned first career double-double vs. Eastern Michigan with 16 points and career-high 10 assists, becoming the 100th player in OSU history to tally a double-double (12/5/09)
  • Was one of six players in double-digits vs. St. Francis (Pa.) (11/28/09), scoring 15 points and five rebounds with three assists

AS A FRESHMAN (2008-09)

  • Among Ohio State freshmen all-time, Buford is third in 3-pointers made with 43, fifth in 3-pt. FG pct. (.361, (43-119) and ranks eighth in total points scored with 372 and made FGs with 142
  • Shot 56 pct. from the field in 14-of-25 shooting during the Big Ten Tournament ... combined for 38 pts. (12.7 ppg.) and 17 rebs. (5.7 rpg.) while averaging 37.3 mpg.
  • Reached double figures offensively in 20 of the last 26 games and totaled 21 for the season
  • Shot 84.9 percent (45-of-53) from the charity stripe
  • Averaged 29.3 mpg., 11.3 ppg. and 3.7 rpg.
  • Finished second in points scored for Ohio State (372/11.3 ppg.)
  • Posted 11 pts. and 3 rebs. in NCAA Tournament vs. Siena (3/20/09)
  • Recorded 300th career pt. at Purdue (2/28/09) after scoring 6 pts. ... added 5 rebs. and 1 blk. against the Boilermakers in 28 mins. of play
  • Tied his career high in assists with 3 and blks. with 2 vs. Illinois (2/22/09) ... added 14 pts. and 4 rebs. in 39 mins. of play
  • Grabbed a then career-best 8 rebounds to go along with 11 points and a career-high 4 off. rebs. vs. Northwestern (3/8/09)
  • Made his 100th career FG (142) at Wisconsin (2/14/09) with 5-of-11 shooting from the field
  • Posted 4 steals to tie his career high vs. Minnesota (2/7/09) and again at Wisconsin (2/14/09)
  • Played a career-high 42 mins. in win over Purdue (2/3/09) ... posted 22 pts. after a career-high 10 made FGs ... in the overtime win, had second-consecutive output of 20 or more pts.
  • Scored a career-best 24 pts. at Indiana (1/31/09) for first game with 20+ pts. ... connected on a personal-best 8-of-12 shots with 2-of-3 coming from behind the arc and set a career high from the FT line with 6 of 6 made
  • Tied or set his career high in 8 categories vs. Indiana (1/13/09) including pts. (19), rebs. (7), mins. played (37), made FGs (7), FGA (15), made 3-point baskets (4) and def. rebs. (6)
  • Led the team vs. Houston Baptist (1/9/09) with a then career-high 19 pts ... knocked down a career-best 4 made 3-pointers in 9 attempts in only 25 minutes of play
  • On the road at Michigan State (1/6/09) knocked down 7-of-13 from the field and 3-of-6 from behind the arc for 17 pts.
  • Made first career start in win vs. UNC Asheville (12/22/08) ... scored 16 points and grabbed 7 rebs. vs. the Bulldogs
  • Played 36 minutes vs. Iowa (12/31/08) ... scored 16 pts. in the victory
  • In only 12 mins. of play vs. the Jacksonville Dolphins 912/17/08), added 8 pts. for the Buckeyes after going 2-of-2 from behind the arc
  • Sparked the Buckeyes with 9 first-half points in win vs. No. 7 ND
  • In first career game as a Buckeye, posted a game-high tying 13 points in 22 minutes of play (11/20/08) ... went 5-of-10 shooting from the field, while adding a 3-point basket and 2 assists

PRIOR TO OHIO STATE

  • Named Mr. Ohio Basketball and Division II Co-Player of the Year in 2008,
  • Earned his third-consecutive Toledo City League Player of the Year honor as a senior after averaging 23 points and 11 rebounds
  • Selected as a McDonald's and Jordan Brand All-American ... recorded six points, one steal and one assist in the McDonald's All-American game, while posting 12 points and three rebounds in the Jordan Classic.
  • Also earned 2008 MaxPreps third-team All-America and Parade All-America honors.
  • A four-year starter for Toledo Libbey, led the Cowboys to a runner-up finish in the Division II Ohio High School state tournament as a senior. Buford scored a game-high 29 points, but Chillicothe made a last-second shot to claim the victory, 70-69.
  • As a junior, earned first team all-state honors and was a member of the All-Toledo Blade squad ... averaged 28 points and 12 rebounds in 2007 as the Cowboys won the Toledo City League and finished No. 3 in the state.
  • Son of Arnetta and William Buford ... He has a brother, Ryan and a sister, Simon.
  • Lists greatest sports thrill as his first dunk in a game. After graduation, Buford plans to earn his master's degree.

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