Old Friend William Buford is Still Chasing His NBA Dream

By DJ Byrnes on January 17, 2014 at 10:56a
Former Ohio State star William Buford

Boy, the men's basketball team could use a scorer like William Buford (or DeShaun Thomas or Jared Sullinger). Unfortunately due to the NCAA's pesky eligibility rules, William Buford will never return to Ohio State other than as an honored guest.

So what is ol' Willie Buckets himself up to these days? Still chasing those NBA dreams, man. After a stint with Club Obradoiro in Spain, Buford is coming off the bench for the Golden State Warriors' D-League team, the Santa Cruz Warriors. From the Toledo Blade:

The 6-foot-5, 215-pound shooting guard with the nearly seven-foot wingspan is not yet rapping on the parent club’s door — the distance between Santa Cruz’s 2,500-seat home gym and the Golden State Warriors’ 20,000-seat Oracle Arena often seeming longer than the 70-mile drive up I-880. Buford comes off the bench and, in the eyes of evaluators, needs to prove his game has more dimensions than a deft outside touch.

But the former Mr. Ohio has shown increasing bursts of his potential, to the point where Santa Cruz coach Casey Hill said, “I do think he’s a potential NBA player.

". . . If he can develop that skill of finding his angles, getting into the lane, trying to finish, then his jump shot will become more and more available as he becomes more of a well-rounded scorer. It’s funny, we had that conversation right before we played the Rio Grande Valley Vipers last week, and he went out and went right to the rim.”

The D-League isn't a wasteland as it was only a few years ago. There are 124 players in the NBA with D-League experience. Hopefully Willie Buford can add to that number.


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Nick's picture

Going to be hard to crack the Warriors NBA team as a gaurd they have so many young talented players in the front court. He would be a good fit on a team like Memphis or Boston.

mh277907's picture

Does he have any eligibility left?


mh277907's picture

Yep, guys, that was totally a serious question.


buckeyeEddie27's picture

As one of our esteemed 11W staff members wrote: "So Splashy"

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

hansman's picture

^ Big Buford, he's gotta eat

PittBuckeye's picture

Great call too, "Canned it!"

MichaelJ721984's picture

I'd give anything to have Willie & 3bler back. Man...

Michigan sucks.

osu07asu10's picture

Steamin Willy B

CJDPHoS Board of Directors // Best friends with Homey Hache

The 0 is silent.

ktownbuckeye20's picture

Is he ballin in some freakin chuck t's. what a g.

BoFuquel's picture

Hang in there WB. GO BUCKS!

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

OSUNEA1986's picture

Thanks for the update! Just adore this young man!

buckeyeEddie27's picture

Man, what a team that year.  Sully, Craft, Buford, DT, and pick your poison for the 5th man, all on the floor together at any given time.  How did they ever lose?  
serously, how?

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

JakeStevensIsSwag's picture

if i remember correctly, they had a 12pt lead at one point. They just blew it.

Buckeye fan from PA

gumtape's picture

Willie Buckets, one of my favorite Buckeyes, mostly for this reason:

Mark Titus: My favorite one to write, I think, was probably the one where (now-former OSU guard) William Buford gave me permission to use the “N-word.” As I was writing it, I just enjoyed the minefield, you know what I mean? You’ve gotta tip-toe and you gotta be funny and edgy and I’ve always been politically incorrect, but at the same time, you can’t be too offensive. So I really enjoyed writing that because it was a challenge to think of a funny way to say something without pissing off a ton of people.

High and tight boo boo

Go1Bucks's picture

Just think if DeShaun Thomas hadnt gotten big headed and left early, he be giving us a shot at the big prize and he would be languishing playing on a French team (or where-ever). Or all the possible NCs we could have had when many of out top players left early.  I hope Buford makes it to the NBA as well as all former Bucks, but this leaving early stuff really is a detriment to good college ball.

Go Bucks!

Danify's picture

You have to understand he give Ohio State 3 excellent years of scoring, plus he has a kid and it changes how you view the world, especially money wise to provide for him. I complete understand and respect his choice.

Danify's picture

NBA should seriously start to use the D-League as an Minor League system (as such in MLB) to develop 2nd and FA rookies for the NBA clubs. Every team should have an organized D-League (I know Cavs have Canton) which could find and give slow developing players a chance to make it to the league.

moopdawg's picture

I live in the area and catch Santa Cruz Warrior games when I can.  Heard that Buford was playing for them and so I checked a game out and made sure I was wearing my Buckeye gear.  During layup drills, I went as close to the court as I could and shouted out, "Willie Buford!"  He looked over, and then I yelled, "Buckeye Nation, baby!!"  Then he jogged over and said, "What's up, man?" and shook my hand.  Seemed like a really cool dude.  He ended up scoring 12 that night, and overall, looked solid handling the ball and playing defense.
To my surprise, Dallas Lauderdale was there too.  He plays for the Idaho team.  Big dude.