Thank you, William Buford

JakeBuckeye's picture
April 1, 2012 at 4:41p

Just a rugged looking kid out of Toledo, Ohio, William Buford made his commitment to play basketball for The Ohio State University as a part of the class of 2008. In an era of "one-and-dones" and early departures to the NBA, William Buford stood out as a special kind of player and person.

Its been quite a run with Willie B. After a stellar freshman season in 2008, Buckeye fans began to look forward to him and Evan Turner running the show for the next couple of years. He went on to be a perrenial starter for the rest of his career, on teams that had stars such as Evan Turner, David Lighty, Jon Diebler, and Jared Sullinger. In fact, he was more than just a starter, he was a signifact contributer on every team he played for, averaging 14+ points per game every season after his freshman year (and about 11 points per game his freshman year.) William went on to become the fourth best scorer in Ohio State history, something I think many of our fans don't appreciate enough.

A different kind of perspective on Buford began to emerge, though, after last year's Sweet 16 loss to Kentucky. Fans singled out his 2-16 performance as the reason such a talented bunch of Buckeyes were going home so early in the year. This perspective carried over to this season, as Buford (unfairly) became the scapegoat for all of this year's team's problems. People called him out for not being the senior leader he should be, despite not even knowing the truth about what was going on behind the scenes. His great career was overshadowed this year by a bunch of keyboards, and what a shame that is. As this season comes to end, I am forced to turn in my "ultimate defender of Willie Buford" card, but we had a good run, Willie. In poetic fashion, Willie Buford is perhaps the only player not being blamed for the loss to Kansas, which eliminated the Buckeyes from the NCAA tournament just as the loss to Kentucky did last year. I thank William for his incredible run as a Buckeye and for all of his amazing contributions to this program. I hope Willie is glad that he came to Ohio State and stayed he for four years, but I could never blame him if he's not based on the way he's been treated by our "fans."

He's had itches, he's kept the ladies, he's stolen Spartan souls, and he's been a leader, among many other things. Thanks for the memories, Willie B., and keep on ballin'.

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buckeyefanatic's picture

Very nice.  I wish the season could have ended slightly better for Willie B; there is something very empty about losing the lead like we did and playing so poorly in the second half that is tough to swallow.  Not sure how losing could be any easier though.  Go Bucks and I'll be looking for Willie B at the next level.

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sir rickithda3rd's picture

Our and all "fans" get carried away thats for sure. These people are kids and people not just athletes.

mark may wins douchebag of the year... again

pcon258's picture

i honestly think that there should be a rule, on this site and others, that no one can make any type of disparaging comment for at least two hours after a loss. the amount of people insulting buford, sullinger, matta, etc. is SIGNIFICANTLY higher in the in game threads rather than in skull sessions/recaps. 

We all get a little caught up in the moment, but we should all remember that these guys are people. And honestly, they might just be reading what we say, i mean, this is a pretty popular site, and these guys are not immune to wanting to hear what people say about them. If you wouldn't say it to their face, you probably shouldn't say it at all

AJBor41's picture

Amen.  One more point from what you said, "we should all remember that these guys are people," is true, but they're also anywhere from 18 to 22 years old and have their lives thrust into the spotlight because they happen to be better at sports than any of us ever even dreamed of.

BuckNut1070's picture

Hey've got plenty of love coming from Springfield. Thanks for the memories!!  GO BUCKS

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