August 2, 2013

Buford down to five

High-flying senior Dante Buford of Arlington Country Day (FL) just wrapped up his final summer of AAU ball with Florida Elite. After taking a couple days to think his recruitment through, Buford decided to narrow down his list of schools which included nearly twenty total scholarship offers.

The final five schools for the 2014 forward are Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Miami, South Carolina, and Southern Cal.

"Those are the schools I've been in contact with the most and feel the most comfortable with," Buford said.

From a geographical standpoint, the schools range from all over the country. So what separated these five programs from the other schools that offered?

"They all fit my style of play," he explained. "They like to get up and down."

The uptempo style is what has helped put Buford on the national radar over the past three years.

"I'm an active player," he said when describing his game. "I'm bouncy and like to crash the boards. My offensive skill set is improving and I'm working more on my perimeter game. I can do a little bit of everything."

Buford is originally from Greenville, S.C. and took an unofficial visit to South Carolina back in April.

"It's home," he said. "I would be real comfortable if I went there. I have a real close bond with Coach Frank Martin. They said I can play three or four and be a match up problem if I went there."

Southern Cal is another program who makes up Buford's top five. The Trojans new head man Andy Enfield is familiar with Buford from his time spent coaching on the east coast.

"I like their style of play," Buford said. "I watched them play in the tournament when they were at Florida Gulf Coast last year. They play fast and like to get up and down."

Despite narrowing his list to five schools, Buford isn't quite sure yet if he will take visits to each of those programs.

"I want to visit them all but I just don't know if I'll be able to get that done because I want to make my decision before the high school season starts back," he said.

With a more manageable list in front of him, Buford knows exactly what he will be looking for when it's time to make his decision this Fall.

"The coaching staff, style of play, and the environment around the school," he said.

Buford claims no favorites from his top five list.

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