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#20 Eric Buckner
Position: Forward
Height: 6'10"
Weight: 203
Year: Senior
Hometown: Ehrhardt, S.C.
High School: Bamberg-Ehrhardt HS/Gulf Coast C.C.
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Eric Buckner Bio & Stats Eric Buckner Bio & Stats

AT GEORGIA STATE:

Finished his career as arguably the greatest defensive player in school history, blocking a record 167 shots, though played just two seasons . . . In two years, shot 58.6 percent from the floor, the fourth highest career mark in school history . . . Finished career earning All-CAA Third Team and CAA Defensive Team honors, while being named to the NABC Division I All-District 10 Second Team . . . Named to the Atlanta Tip-off Club Georgia Men's College Player of the Year after his senior year.

Former junior college standout who spent two years at Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City, Fla.

2011-12:

Earned All-CAA Third Team and CAA Defensive Team honors, while being named to the NABC Division I All-District 10 Second Team . . . Named to the Atlanta Tip-off Club Georgia Men's College Player of the Year . . . Earned CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Defensive All-America Team honors . . . Named to the World Vision Classic All-Tournament Team . . . Earned CAA Player of the Week honors on Dec. 5th . . . Named CAA Preseason Honorable Mention Team by the coaches . . . Set a GSU school-record with 118 blocked shots, 3.47 per game, tops in the CAA and sixth most in the NCAA . . . His 118 blockeed shots were the fifth most in CAA single-season history . . . Recorded five or more blocked shots in a game nine times during the season, including eight against Liberty, just one shy of the school's single-game mark . . . Finished with a 62.0 shooting percentage, tops in the CAA and the fourth highest single-season mark in GSU history . . . Third on the team in scoring and 24th in the CAA, averaging 10.8 points per game . . . Led team and was seventh in the CAA and 173rd in the NCAA averaging 7.1 rebounds per game . . . Opened CAA Championship with a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds on 7-of-7 shooting and 7-of-8 free throws against Hofstra . . . Scored 24 points on 12-of-18 field goals against Florida Atlantic . . . Scored 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting with eight rebounds in front of a hometown crowd at South Carolina State . . . Finished with a double-double of 19 points and a career-high 15 rebounds in 47 minutes of a double-overtime game at Delaware.

2010-11:

Led Panthers with 9.4 points per game and 5.6 rebounds per contest . . . Finished with 49 blocked shots, third most in a single season in school history, leading team to a school record 148 blocked shots. Finished fifth in the CAA with 1.6 blocks per game . . . Led team with a .548 field goal percentage, ranked eighth highest in a single season in school history.

Earned Dr Pepper Classic all-tournament honors, scoring 23 points on 10-of-11 shooting in the championship game against Chattanooga (12/29). Along with Dante Curry's 21 points, became the first Panthers to each score 20 or more points in a game in the last four years . . . Scored first career double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds against Hampton (11/30), shooting 10-of-16 from the field . . . Finished with a career-high 28 points on 12-of-16 shooting in upset win over VCU (1/3), pulling down nine rebounds . . . Pulled down a career-high 12 rebounds at UNCW (1/5), while scoring eight second half points . . . Came off the bench for the first time against Delaware (1/22) to score 18 points in 30 minutes . . . Just missed a double-double in the CAA first round victory over UNCW (3/4), scoring 12 points and pulling down eight rebounds.

JUNIOR COLLEGE/HIGH SCHOOL:

All-Panhandle Conference selection as a sophomore at Gulf Coast C.C., despite missing four weeks with a broken hand . . . Averaged 9.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game in 2009-10 . . . Added 6.8 ppg, 5.7 rpg and 0.8 bpg as a freshman . . . Coached by Jay Powell.

Averaged 16 points and 14 rebounds as a senior at Bamberg Ehrhardt High School . . . All-area selection by the Orangeburg Times-Democrat . . . Coached by Kevin Crosby . . . Played in the North-South All-Star game.

PERSONAL:

Full name is Eric Rashard Buckner . . . Son of April Aikens and Sylvester Buckner . . . Born April 26, 1990 . . . Majored in sociology.

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