The Maccabi Bazan Haifa professional basketball team of the Israeli Basketball Super League announced today that they have signed power forward Reginald Buckner through the 2015-16 season. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Reginald Buckner is an excellent prospect, and we believe he’ll be a force in the paint on both sides of the court for our Maccabi Haifa team,” said Maccabi Bazan Haifa team owner Jeff Rosen.
“Reginald is a significant addition under the basket for the team,” said Maccabi Bazan Haifa head coach Rami Hadar. “He is a player with proven skills on both sides of the court. I am glad he has signed with our team, and we have completed the puzzle for the upcoming season.”
Buckner, 24, appeared in 41 games this summer in Puerto Rico’s top division for Coamo and averaged a double-double on 12.1 points and 10.3 rebounds along with 1.1 assists and 1.9 blocks in 26.7 minutes per game and was awarded Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican Defensive Player of the Year.
The 6-foot-9 power forward started the 2014-15 season with Soles in Mexico’s top division, posting averages 11.6 points and 9.6 rebounds over 5 games, before suffering an injury that cut his season short. He also played four games during the 2013-14 season in the NBA D-League with Iowa Energy, tallying 4.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.
A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Buckner played his collegiate career at Ole Miss from 2009-13, and finished his career as the all-time blocked shot leader. During his senior season, Buckner notched 9.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 2.7 blocks in 35 games.