Mr. Basketball Ready To Shine On National Stage In Milwaukee

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Toledo Libbey’s William Buford will particpate in the McDonald’s All-American Game tonight
For Ohio’s reigning Mr. Basketball, Toledo Libbey’s William Burford,
being part of the 31st annual McDonald’s All-American game has been a
rewarding experience. And one he’s looking to cap during tonight’s
nationally televised contest at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee. The game will air live on ESPN at 9:30 p.m.


For Ohio’s reigning Mr. Basketball, Toledo Libbey’s William Burford, being part of the 31st McDonald’s All-American game has been a rewarding experience. And one he’s looking to cap during tonight’s nationally televised contest at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee.

The game will air live tonight on ESPN at 9:30 p.m.

“It’s been real fun hanging with all of the other All-Americans, these are some really cool guys,” Buford said. “It’s real good we all can show our talents.”

The 6-5 guard headed to Ohio State, showed off some of his talents Monday when he took part in the 3-point shooting contest.

“I wasn’t going to get in it at first but someone dropped out,” he said. “I was a little shaky at the beginning being on ESPN, but I got into it.”

Picking up his first basketball at age three, Buford has since been named First-Team All-Ohio the last two seasons.

He led his Libbey High School team to the Division II finals before falling in overtime to Chillicothe. Buford led the Cowboys this season with averages of 23 points, 11 rebounds and nearly six assists a game.

Buford recognizes the honor in being named to the McDonald’s All-American squad and is only the second player out of Toledo to earn such a designation. Former Ohio State great Jim Jackson was the other.

“I’m here to enjoy it and make the most of it,” Buford said.

Buford will be suiting up for the East team and going against future Ohio State teammate and fellow Ohio Division II player of the year B.J. Mullens, a member of the West team, tonight.

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