It’s not often that Georgia State beats out ACC, SEC and Big 12 schools for a recruit but that appears to be the case in regards to Eric Buckner.
Buckner, a 6-foot-10, 210-pound sophomore at Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City, is considered one of the top big men in junior college basketball. He decided this week to commit to the coach Rod Barnes‘ Panthers over Alabama, Arkansas, Clemson, Georgia, LSU and Missouri, according to a report by Rivals.com.
Buckner took official visits to LSU and Georgia State last fall. He said Alabama, Arkansas and Missouri were the other finalists. He’ll sign during the spring period, which begins April 15.
The difference, it seems, is State’s willingness to let Buckner play power forward rather than center.
“They were recruiting me to play the four while other schools all told me they were going to be play me at the five,” Buckner told Ryan Bartow of Rivals.com. “It’s closer to home and I like the way they play. They are going to let me step out and shoot some 3s, too.”
Attempts to reach Buckner Tuesday in Panama City were unsuccessful.
Buckner is a graduate of Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School in Ehrhardt, S.C. He is playing this season with a broken hand but has managed to average 9.7 points and 5.7 rebounds. He averaged 6.8 points and 5.7 points while starting 31 games as a freshman.