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Buckner, Gregory Derayle "Greg"

(born: 1976) 

Greg Buckner, born in Hopkinsville, KY, is an assistant coach with the Houston Rockets. He was formerly a star basketball player in high school and college. Buckner is a graduate of North University Heights Academy in Hopkinsville, KY. Buckner, a 6'4" shooting guard and small forward, was a member of the 1992 state basketball championship team; it was the school's first, and to date, only state championship. His final year of high school in 1994, Buckner was selected First Team All-State, and averaged 21 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists per game [source: J. Pickens, "North University Heights set for compelling game," Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, 03/23/1994, p.1B]. Buckner went on to play basketball at Clemson University where he did not miss a single game during his basketball career. "Buckner was the first player in Clemson history to start on four postseason tournament teams...he started 122 consecutive games between 1994 and 1998," according to the online Clemson Orange and White article titled "Former Tiger, NBA star Greg Buckner earns Clemson degree." All four years, Buckner also led the team in scoring and is ranked as the fourth all time leading scorer at Clemson with 1,754 points. He was ACC Rookie of the Year 1994-95, two times an All-ACC player, and helped take his team to the Sweet 16 during the 1997 NCAA Tournament. Greg Buckner was inducted into the Clemson Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005. He was a second round pick by the Dallas Mavericks in the 1998 NBA Draft. Buckner played one year of Continental Basketball before joining the Mavericks for three seasons. He would play for several other teams before ending his professional basketball playing career with the Memphis Grizzlies in 2009. As of August of 2012, Greg Buckner is a graduate of Clemson University. For more see Greg Buckner at; and Greg Buckner at 


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NKAA Source: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer (newspaper)

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