On a late October evening in 2010 in Quackenbruck, the Deutsche Bank Skyliners were playing an early season away game and had just made a surprise signing bringing in ex NBA player Roger Powell who helped the team crush 2008 cup winner Artland Dragons 82-56 sending Toby the Dragon the mascot wimpering back to his dungeon. For the real hardcore fans the Roger Jordman dunk might still be in the memory of many as it seemed like he was walking on air, but very few people may recall that this was the last game of then Skyliner Bradley Buckman (203-F-84, college: Texas) who had come in on a short term contract because the team had injuries. Head coach Gordon Herbert had the tough decision of having to let either Bradley Buckman or American Joe Dabbert go and he chose to let the Texas native Buckman go. That may have slipped the minds of some, but not that stellar basketball career of Buckman.Buckman has announced his retirement from professional basketball having played 8 years. In that last game for the Deutsche Bank Skyliners, Buckman played as efficient as it gets with 11 points and six rebounds in 11 minutes. A few months later, it was obvious for many that letting Buckman go had been the wrong decision as Dabbert left Frankfurt in December and would go onto play in the D-league for the Idaho Stampede (D-League) and soon after retire. In the 2010-2011 season Buckman would end the season with Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye (Turkey-TBL): 13 games: 19.6ppg, 9.0rpg, FGP: 56.8%, 3PT: 45.2%, FT: 78.7%.
Buckman is a 30 year old 203 power forward that hails from Austin, Texas. Buckman played at Texas (NCAA) from 2002-2006 and as a senior played 33 games: 9.5ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.4apg, 1.7bpg, FGP: 43.7%, 3PT: 30.3%, FT: 76.6%. He played a total of 129 NCAA games. His achievements at Texas were endless with the NCAA Final Four -03, Big 12 Conf. All-Freshman Team -03, Big 12 Regular Season Runner-Up -03, 04, Big 12 Tournament Finalist -04, 06, NCAA Sweet 16 -04, NABC All-NCAA District 9 2nd Team -05, All-Big 12 2nd Team -05, Big 12 Regular Season Champion -06, All-Big 12 3rd Team -06, and the NCAA Sweet 8 in 2006.
He started his professional basketball career in 2006 with the Austin Toros (D-League): 42 games: 6.6ppg, 4.3rpg, FGP: 38%, 3PT: 27.5%, FT: 71.2%. In the 2007-2008 season he came to Europe and played for Univ Mobitelco Cluj Napoca (Romania-Div.A) playing 5 games: 16.0ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.4apg, Blocks-1 (2.6bpg). In the 2008-2009 season he moved to Keravnos Strovolou (Cyprus-Division A): EuroChallenge: 4 games: 4.8ppg, 3.8rpg; Cypriot League: 9.2ppg, 4.5rpg, left team in Dec.’08, in Jan.’09 moved to Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa (Israel-Premier League): 16 games: 7.3ppg, 4.6rpg, FGP: 52.5%, 3PT: 31.0%, FT: 51.9%. In the 2009-2010 season he moved to Kepez Bld Antalya (Turkey-TBL) playing 25 games: 10.3ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 59.8%, 3PT: 34.6%, FT: 68.8%. In the 2010-2011 season he played for the Deutsche Bank Skyliners Frankfurt (Germany-1.Bundesliga): German League: 6 games: 8.3ppg, 5.3rpg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 56.0%; EuroCup Qualifying Round: 1 game: 2pts, 1reb, parted ways in Oct.’10, in Jan.’11 moved to Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye (Turkey-TBL): 13 games: 19.6ppg, 9.0rpg, FGP: 56.8%, 3PT: 45.2%, FT: 78.7%. In the 2011-2012 season he played for Tofas Bursa (Turkey-TBL): 31 games: 13.7ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 55.3%, 3PT: 35.4%, FT: 70.7%. Two seasons ago he played for Cajasol Banca Civica Sevilla (Spain-ACB): waived in Dec.’12: 5 games: 5.0ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.0bpg, 2FGP: 30.0%, 3FGP: 20.0%, FT: 63.6%, in Jan.’13 moved to Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck (Germany-BBL): 18 games: 7.7ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 68.3%. Last season he played for top European team Besiktas Integral Forex Istanbul (Turkey-TBL): 24 games: 9.8ppg, 5.8rpg, FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 34.5%, FT: 69.1%; Eurocup: 15 games: 11.4ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 55.3%, 3PT: 27.8%, FT: 71.2%. Awards and achievements as a professional have been Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League 2nd Team -08, Romanian League Finalist -08, Israeli Premier League Semifinals -09, Turkish League All-Star Game -12, Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Honorable Mention -12, and German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals -13. His father Brent, is the golf pro at Spanish Oaks Golf Club in Austin and played alongside Ben Crenshaw and Tom Kite on two NCAA Championship teams at The University of Texas (1971, 1972). If golf will play a role in the future of Bradley Buckman is unknown, but he can always look back on a successful career playing the game he loved.