ITH Super Happy Fun Time All-Big Ten Preview: William Buford

  • 09/15/2010 9:47 pm in

INDIANAPOLIS - MARCH 12: Guard William Buford #44 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks to pass against the Michigan Wolverines during the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse on March 12, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Hoosier Hysteria is on the horizon and it’s time for Inside the Hall’s preseason All-Big Ten team. Today: Ohio State’s William Buford.

Recently I was asked recently by the editor of a publication that will remain nameless (for now) for my All-Big Ten teams for the 2010-2011 season. Four names, which will all be identified in the coming days as this preview rolls along, came to mind immediately.

The fifth, however, required extra thought.

When asked to assemble an all-league team, it’s easy to fall into the trap of making sure all positions, 1-5, are filled. But in this instance I listed the five players I felt would have the biggest impact on the upcoming season. And so we begin with Ohio State junior guard William Buford.

First, a look at his 2009-2010 numbers: 14.4 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 3.1 apg, 38% 3pt, 43% FG, 75% FT. Stellar across the board and also solid at avoiding turnovers (just 26 in 18 Big Ten games).

The departure of Evan Turner, the No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft, leaves Thad Matta without the league’s best playmaker and without a go-to scorer. Buford is unlikely to replicate Turner’s ability to carry the Buckeyes on his back through the Big Ten. But he is capable of assuming the role of being Ohio State’s go-to-guy if he’s able to expand his game beyond knocking down shots from the perimeter.

The challenge, however, will be finding opportunities to score without being set up by Turner. Ohio State is extremely thin at the point guard position and Buford’s bread-and-butter during his first two seasons has been catching and shooting. Super freshman Jared Sullinger should command attention in the paint, helping free up Buford and senior Jon Diebler for open looks.

The next step for Buford is shoring up his midrange game and attacking the rim more often. His talent level indicates he’s capable, but he’s not an exceptional athlete and isn’t particularly great off the dribble, either. A summer to work on his game and a positive experience with the USA Select team in July might be just what he needed, but ready or not, Ohio State will be counting on Buford in order to contend in a loaded Big Ten.

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  • Baseball Montgomery Buc

    I’ve always been a fan of Bill’s. The thing I like the most is the way he plays defense.

  • michaelhermon94

    I look for Ohio St to take a noticeable dip this season. Offensively they struggled at times last year. With the talent they had, they only scored 80+ one time in the entire Big Ten season. Now losing Turner, I don’t see them winning on the road like they were able to do last year. Sure Sullinger will have an impact, but look how many times Demarcus Cousins took himself out of the game with foul trouble. The Big Ten is full of experienced upperclassmen in the front court who will consistently get Sullinger in foul trouble. As good as a spot up shooter Buford might be, he can not create his own shot and neither can Deibler. They also do not have a point gaurd, so we will see. Maybe Roth recreates the magic and hits 6/7 three’s and we upset the Buckeyes at Big Lots arena, or is it K-Mart Arena, oh yeah that’s right Value City……same thing

  • Fifefan

    That’s pretty funny!! Don’t forget, do not look directly at Super Happy Fun Time All-Big Ten Preview, or touch it with your skin.

  • N71

    Who cares about Ohio State? The only thing about them that I could even remotely have interest in is their trying to rob Indiana of it’s players, in particular Jeremy Hollowell who should stay here and win a championship. Going to Kentucky or Ohio State when you’re from Indianapolis has 2 shortcomings; you don’t win championships with 1 and done teams and you’re further away from friends and family…the state that loves you and basketball like no other could ever do. Bloomington is where banners are earned and hung, Lexington (not sure about Columbus) is where they are paid for and never hung until they’re brought to their knees by NCAA sanctions and rebuild like Indiana is doing brink by brink.

  • JerryCT

    I think it is useful to consider who on our team will defend Buford. It seems to me Jones, Hulls, Watford and Creek would be out matched ………………… leaving only JR who has a chance

  • Anonymous

    This topic will be a lot more interesting next year and there after when we are discussing who and or how many IU players should be in the mix for preseason all Big10. This will be yet another sign that we have turned the corner on the rebuilding process and that we are on the right path to being competitive with anyone in the country which, in turn, will be a direct result of Crean’s ability to recruit the kind of player that we all want on and off the court.

  • Anonymous

    Now that Turner is gone Buford will lead OSU in scoring and prob win Big Ten player of the year. unfortunately…just calling it how I see it.

  • get real

    I hope that you did not pick Buford over Moore-if so you have no credibility.