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America’s Top Female Prep Players: Megan Buckland

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Photo Caption: Bishop McGuiness’s Megan Buckland (2011) is a tall combo guard who can attack the basket as well a score from the perimeter.

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By Bob Corwin

Full Court’s Bob Corwin continues his series of interviews with some of America’s top female prep players who were selected to try out for USA Basketball’s U16 team in June. This week, he turns the spotlight on Megan Buckland, a 5’11” shooting guard out of the Class of 2011, Bishop McGuiness High School, High Point, North Carolina.

Bob Corwin’s U16 Trials Evaluation: Megan Buckland, a 5’11” guard from the Class of 2011 at Bishop McGuinness High School, High Point, North Carolina, is a combo guard who is probably more of a two-guard in the big picture. Having seen her play in a high school setting, I found her to be more willing to attack the basket at the National Team Trials, rather than just take outside shots. She has definite potential for any major Division 1 program.

Full Court Prep: What does being selected to try out for the USA 16U Team mean to you?

Megan Buckland: For me, being selected to the USA 16U team was a great honor.  To represent the USA in any sport is the ultimate.  To just wear those three letters across my chest, if even on a practice jersey, meant so much.  It was rewarding not only to me but to all those people who pushed me, worked out with me and especially my parents for the time and money commitment they have made so that I can play the game I love.  It was a great experience for me, knowing that all my hard work got me to the highest level that I could achieve at my age.

Full Court Prep: How does the challenge of competing against the best players at your age bring out the best in you?

Megan Buckland: Competing against the best players in the country brought out the best in me because everyone was raising their own level of play, and ultimately to compete, I was having to raise my level of ability and bring my best game every time I stepped onto the court.

Full Court Prep: What different parts of your game have you been working on the most to improve since your high school season ended?

Megan Buckland: Since my high school season ended, I have been working on my strength (both upper and lower body) and also on my shot.  I have been trying to make my three-point shot more consistent, so that I can add that facet to my game.

Full Court Prep: Granted that you are still early in the process, but how has your college recruiting been going?

Megan Buckland: My college recruiting has been going very well.  I have been having fun with it, being able to visit different colleges and getting the experience of the campuses and players as well as meeting the coaches.

Full Court Prep: Are there any colleges that you are particularly interested in?

Megan Buckland: Right now I am still not sure where I would like to play.  I would like to stay relatively close to home, but I do have interest in Florida State, North Carolina State, Davidson and Vanderbilt right now.

Full Court Prep: Are there any elite summer college camps that you plan to attend?

Megan Buckland: I just returned ... from Vanderbilt’s Elite camp, but I am not planning on attending any other camps.

Full Court Prep: What (if any) club basketball team are you playing for this summer?

Megan Buckland: Winston-Salem Stealers (Grant).  We are playing in three recruiting events during July and my high school team will participate in the Best of Maryland tournament.

Full Court Prep: What event are you most excited about this summer?

Megan Buckland: I am most excited about the tournament in Chicago that we are attending.  I have never been to Chicago and there should be good competition for us to play against.

Full Court Prep: Do you have any particular goals for the summer?

Megan Buckland: This summer, I am working on my shot and working on getting stronger so that I will be able to compete against the higher level players.

Full Court Prep: Tell us one interesting fact outside of basketball that our readers probably don’t know about you.

Megan Buckland: On the court I am very serious and don’t usually like to goof around, but off the court I love to joke and have a good time.  It is [literally] like a switch is flipped when I walk on the court.  Also, I enjoy wake-boarding and love a good book.

Full Court Prep: If you were asked to create your all-time All-WNBA team (regardless of position), who would be your top five players? 
Megan Buckland: Lisa Leslie, Sue Bird, Candace Parker, Sheryl Swoops, Diana Taurasi.

Watch for more of Bob Corwin’s interviews with America’s elite women’s prep players at Full Court Press/Full Court Prep

Originally published Mon, August 03, 2009

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