Buffkin signs with Coastal
Kyle Buffkin, a 6-10 center who graduated from Union Academy in 2012 and also played two varsity seasons at Sun Valley High, has signed a full scholarship to play basketball for Division I Coastal Carolina.
Buffkin spent last season playing for Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia, where he averaged 10.2 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.
Coastal coach Cliff Ellis welcomes the size. The Chanticleers had just one player taller than 6-8 on their 2012-13 roster — 6-10 El Hadji Ndieguene, who averaged 6.1 points and 6.9 rebounds last season as a junior.
“We are very excited to welcome Kyle Buffkin to the Coastal Carolina program,” Ellis said in a press release. “He is a quality young man from a military school background so we can expect him to have great discipline and character. He has tremendous upside and can run the floor well for a big man. He has good hands and feet and can finish around the rim with either hand.”
Buffkin averaged a double-double as a senior at UA (12 points, 11 rebounds), and posted the only triple-double (28 points, 19 rebounds, 11 blocks) in school history.
"I don't think he's scratched the surface on how good he can be," Fork Union coach Brooks Berry told myrtlebeachonline.com. "He was one of our best defenders on the team this year. For a 6-10 kid, he can really move at a high level. He's an ACC-level athlete when it comes to moving and defense and hedging ball screens."
Buffkin is the third Union County basketball player in recent years to attend Fork Union and then sign a Division I scholarship.
Former Parkwood High standouts Donovan Monroe and Blake Gallagher played at Fork Union in 2006-07. Monroe went on to play guard for the College of Charleston, and Gallagher was a power forward at Western Carolina.
Berry believes Buffkin has the skill set to help Coastal Carolina as a freshman.
I definitely think he can contribute right away because he’s extremely aggressive, he’s big, he can run, he can rebound and he's a very physical player," Berry said. "He still has a ways to go offensively, but he will help Coastal Carolina out next year because he plays too hard, he's too physical and he's too tough not to do that."
The Chanticleers, members of the Big South Conference, finished 14-15 last season.