Georgia State beats out ACC, SEC, Big 12 for recruit

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.

Eric Buckner

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.

45 comments Add your comment

Without-a-clue

February 16th, 2010
4:29 pm

He’s too full of “ME”!

What??

February 16th, 2010
4:39 pm

Sounds like he is basically saying that St. will let him do whatever he wants rather than force him to do what he should do… not a good call.

Marcus

February 16th, 2010
4:51 pm

No, he just wants to play the position that is natural for him. Dirk Nowitzki is a 7′0 power foward. He could not play center if he tried.

Hammer22

February 16th, 2010
4:57 pm

Buckner will be alright for GSU. We see this all the time in football, when kids want to play QB instead being considered only an athlete and forced to play WR.

Hammer22

February 16th, 2010
4:58 pm

Bill

February 16th, 2010
5:18 pm

Not often that GSU gets in on the recruiting stories.

Glad to have Buckner. GSU Basketball has been having a tough time in the CAA.

I do miss the old days of Lefty’s Loonies, Shernard stealing the ball against Samford, Thomas Terrell’s three against Georgia and Stan the Panther Fan.

Decatur Tech Fan

February 16th, 2010
5:20 pm

Grats Panthers…..now maybe next year u can beat the boyz on N Ave so we can can our coach.

Yellowfuzz

February 16th, 2010
5:26 pm

I’m jealous nut Congrats to Buckner and the Panthers.. Nice get

ryan

February 16th, 2010
6:02 pm

So ready to see the Panthers back in the tourney.

The question is if Barnes can get us over the hump.

Maybe this guy is the ticket?

Dawg man

February 16th, 2010
6:13 pm

Probably too dumb to even get in UGA

THWG

February 16th, 2010
6:28 pm

“Probably too dumb to even get in UGA.”

You country bumpkins in Athens need to step out of your comfort zone sometimes.

rich

February 16th, 2010
7:05 pm

Hey What — don’t you think it is possible that a player knows where he is most effective. Also, he is too thin to play center at 6′10″ and just 210 pounds.

Todd - Dacula

February 16th, 2010
7:39 pm

Some of you guys are a bunch or morons… bashing a guy beccause he did not choose your school. I am a UGA fan and it sickens me to hear it from soneone claming to be a UGA fan. These are kids and obviously some parents kid.

As a former college basketball player, Mr. Bucker’s body isn’t fit play center, weighing barely 210LBS. His frame puts him at small forward, but I do not know enough about his skills. If you do not know, please stay away from your keyboards…

I am sure you would like like it if some of the extremely negative and childish comments are made about your retarted kids…

No Lion

February 16th, 2010
7:43 pm

How bout them Panthers!! Unfortunately, Barnes may not be around when school starts next Fall…

BIG BEE

February 16th, 2010
7:57 pm

HEY DAWG MAN, GSU is a pretty tough school. Don’t know about getting in but getting out is tough!!

Saul Good

February 16th, 2010
8:20 pm

Damn…I thought I was going to read about how GSU recruited a good “STUDENT” who scored a near perfect SAT score…. NAH!!!!….none of THAT readin’, writin’, and rythimatic” mean nuttin’…..

ryan

February 16th, 2010
8:31 pm

Oh ho ho!!! Most intelligent people understand that a degree from Ga State is very impressive.

Dawg man must have it confused with the “other” GSU…Southern.

GAST

February 16th, 2010
9:19 pm

They have a nice recruiting class coming now and if they get the kid from Miss who is in prep school they will be legit with 2 bigs and a PG Devonta White coming in from Centennial. Those are 3 huge commitments from a program that is usually overshadowed. I’m looking forward to seeing them next year.

GAST

February 16th, 2010
9:20 pm

Enter your comments here

Marianela

February 16th, 2010
9:26 pm

I predict this guy will be an over-hyped failure.

Hammer22

February 16th, 2010
9:35 pm

Marianela, I predict you to be an overweight computer geek.

Marcus is a Tool

February 16th, 2010
9:46 pm

Dirk playing center in the NBA? Don’t make me laugh. He would get knocked on his rear every other play. He can shoot, that’s all. No D for Dirk. Dirk likes the 4 because he’s weak and he can use his height to get off that rainbow of his.

August

February 16th, 2010
9:55 pm

He’s probably a great recruit, but once Barnes gets a hold of him, he’ll forget how to play basketball on most nights. I look forward to seeing how he performs in Barnes’ “Milk the Shot Clock Down to 2 Seconds and Pray the Fall-Away 18 Footer Goes In” offense.

Frank

February 16th, 2010
10:33 pm

Good luck to Eric Bucker and GSU, nobody in Georgia gives a flip about basketball anyway.

thwgt!!!!!

SickandTired

February 16th, 2010
11:18 pm

Hey Dawg Man…..surely you don’t want to get into things like SAT scores and the like…..did ya ever get a chance to have a conversation with one Leonard Pope?

Flo-Ri-Duh!

February 16th, 2010
11:37 pm

No real story here – tall and skinny and not center material.

English

February 16th, 2010
11:38 pm

Sweet! Welcome to the GSU family Bucker. You’re a great addition to a great recruiting class. Go Barnes! Go State!

Dr. Nick

February 17th, 2010
12:03 am

Ryan,there was no confusion with regards to the “other GSU”–Ga State hasn’t made it up to that level yet !!

Jon

February 17th, 2010
12:38 am

Dr. Nick, so tell why then are the cow tippers in Statesboro freaking out on their message boards about a Georgia State football team that hasn’t played a down yet? Could it be because Bill Curry is snagging 3-star recruits away from you and maybe because 2 OL from GT are transferring to the Real GSU in Atlanta?! And oh btw, did you enjoy the 20 point beatdown Barnes & company put on your boys back in December!?

Dr. Nick

February 17th, 2010
12:56 am

Hey big Jon–Five National championships-Crow when you get there !!

college foot

February 17th, 2010
1:20 am

should have went to the Ga Tech BLOW FLYS then he wouldn’t have to attend class!!

willington

February 17th, 2010
4:20 am

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Vick=Dog killing thug

February 17th, 2010
8:28 am

I like it and don’t see any “me” at all. I think Dawg man is a GT poser.

English

February 17th, 2010
9:29 am

Dr. Nick,

I think you should learn to take it easy because your school is getting lapped in the fields of education and athletics. If GSoU offered more programs you’d have a chance to continue to compete but Statesboro has fallen way behind. Glad GSoU invested so much into those 5 National Championships you brag about that the school forgot it was a university first and needed to continue to be able to draw student/athletes because of the various majors it offers not because you won 5 FCS National Championships. You’re living in the past. Live in the now and embrace the future.

Go State!

MJM

February 17th, 2010
9:52 am

Actually it 6 National Championships for the GSU Eagles.

AndyC

February 17th, 2010
10:17 am

Sounds kinda fishy to me. Wouldn’t be surprised to hear there were some qualification issues. Why would someone pass up an opportunity to play in the ACC or SEC where they would get a lot more exposure? It could be he is very full of himself. I thought the comment about shooting 3’s was odd. Maybe he wants to go to a team where he will be the best player and can basically do anything he wants instead of going to a major program and being a team player. I don’t know. I wish him luck.

Been to both...

February 17th, 2010
11:27 am

Having gone to both Ga Southern and GA State, there is no doubt that GA State is tougher academically.

Ga Southern has better keg parties, though. So, there is that.

MontinoD

February 17th, 2010
12:44 pm

Great get by Barnes and Co.

English

February 17th, 2010
2:13 pm

Isn’t the eagle on the endangered species list?

Go Panthers!

marcus

February 17th, 2010
5:04 pm

barnes did a good job on selling state and the b-ball program to this young man. the way the acc and the sec teams are playing against so called “lesser” programs, no wonder he elected to sign with state. he’s gonna play a competitive schedule and live, study and explore the atl. tech should have looked at this kid. saw them last night against a weak carolina team and if they ever learned to play together they would be dynamite. hewitt is a great recruiter, but his coaching skills are weak.

bitter tenn coach

February 19th, 2010
11:57 am

were sending lane kiffin by to do our dirty work, aka, (cash@girls) gonnin sign him tooua, you watchin.. yaho

tlkool

February 20th, 2010
11:16 pm

tlkool

February 20th, 2010
11:46 pm

GEORGIA STATE PANTHERS NEEDS TO FIRE ROD BARNES AND IF HE BECOMES AVAILABLE HIRE PAUL HEWITT as the men’s head basketball coach REMEMBER PAUL HEWITT IS A GREAT RECRUITER AND REMEMBER HE TOOK THE GEORGIA TECH YELLOW JACKETS TO THE NCAA. FINAL FOUR AND NCAA. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME IN 2004 not to long ago think about it all GEORGIA STATE PANTHERS and alumni PAUL HEWITT will make the GEORGIA STATE PANTHERS a national power in men’s college and take them to NCAA.FINAL FOUR and NCAA. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP game and this time probably win it with the GEORGIA STATE PANTHERS team because anything can happen in the BIG DANCE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TO ALL THE GEORGIA STATE PANTHERS AND GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY ALUMNI IF YOU’LL READ THIS LET’S ALL START THE [ FIRE ROD BARNES AND HIRE PAUL HEWITT ] CHANT BECAUSE AS LONG AS ROD BARNES COACH GEORGIA STATE THEY NEVER EVER EVER EVER GET TO THE NCAA. TOUNAMENT AND NEVER EVER EVER EVER EVER IN A TRILLION YEARS GET TO THE NCAA. FINAL FOUR AND WIN THE NCAA. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP BUT PAUL HEWITT I KNOW HE CAN DO IT COACH THE GEORGIA STATE PANTHERS TO THE NCAA. FINAL FOUR AND NCAA. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP WITH HIS GREAT RECRUITING SKILLS BECAUSE IT STARTS GREAT PLAYERS TO WIN CONSISTANTLY SO LET’S ALL START THE CHANT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FIRE ROD BARNES HIRE PAUL HEWTT GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY ALUMNI !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GO GEORGIA STATE PANTHERS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

English

February 22nd, 2010
12:49 pm

tlkool, will you please shut your hole. You’re wasting air and taking up space. Coach Barnes is an excellent coach and he’s our man. Go Barnes, Go State!

MB

June 5th, 2010
9:13 pm

Well Eric Buckner is a budding athlete that is very new to his height but one of the top big men in JC ball. He is a skilled player with alot of potential. He has been on a team with talented guards and still hasnt been the focus of an offense yet. The truth always shows with time….with that said, see you this season! Lets go Eric!