Posted On: 10/23/18 1:59 PM

2020 Lakewood Ranch guard Keon Buckley is looking at an increased role this season.

The 6’0″, 163-pounder has matured into a leader and a player his team can build confidence around.

The Mustangs went 24-5 a season ago losing in the Class 8A region quarterfinal to Riverdale, 64-61. Buckley reminisced about his sophomore campaign.

“My sophomore season was my biggest year,” Buckley told Prep Hoops. “I led the scoring on my team and got voted for the most improved player by my teammates. What really improved was my basketball IQ and my shooting, I went from a JV player shooting under 20p percent on 3-pointers to making varsity and shooting 42 percent on a high level team.”

Lakewood Ranch is built for a run in Class 8A-District 11. Buckley has high expectations for his group.

“I look forward to playing with my brothers once again on the court with an environment like Lakewood Ranch,” he said. “I can’t wait to see how far we go and what we can accomplish as one.”

This summer, Buckley played in only a few games with SEBA before suffering a back injury.

“PLaying with SEBA was a good experience and I played pretty well. I hadn’t touched a ball in a month from resting my back so I was still rusty too,” he said. “My back feels 100 percent with no pain at all and I’m just thrilled and confident to play this year.”

No offers have come yet for the junior guard but Bethune Cookman, Mercer, Brown, Cornell and Rice have all shown interest.

Buckley called his biggest strengths his personality and his shooting ability. He wants to improve his defense and driving to the rim with physicality.

Holding a 3.9 GPA, Buckley is a hard worker in the classroom and one of the most polite kids you’ll meet off of it. He displays why he’s being looked at by Division I programs. Buckley is really good running the offense, a smart shooter and a guy who sets the pace early and often in games.