CAREER: Enters senior season with the Ole Miss career record of 228 blocked shots, which ranks sixth in SEC history ... Leader among returning SEC players in career blocks and ranks second in rebounds (609) and third in double-doubles (eight) ... Owns three of the top six single-game block efforts in school history.
2011-12 (JUNIOR): Named to the SEC All-Defensive team by the league coaches for the second straight year ... Recorded the second-most blocks in a season in school history with 69 ... Played in 32 games, with 25 starts ... Ranked fifth in the SEC and 41st in the NCAA with 2.2 blocks per game ... In league games only, he was fourth in the SEC with an average of 2.1 ... Averaged 6.9 points and 8.1 rebounds (fourth in SEC) in 27.4 minutes per game ... Increased his averages to 7.9 points and 8.8 boards (third in SEC) in league play ... Top offensive rebounder in the league in SEC games (3.4/game) ... Shot 53.1 percent from the field, second-best on the team ... Posted 4 double-doubles on the year ... Had double-digit points in 7 games and double-digit rebounding in 11 contests ... Led the team in rebounding on 12 occasions ... Had 5 games with 4 or more blocks ... Led the team with 36 dunks ... Eclipsed the Ole Miss career record for blocks during the Southern Miss game, while also grabbing a career-high 16 rebounds in Hattiesburg ... Had his best game as a Rebel with a career-high 19 points to go with 15 rebounds and 3 blocks in a win over No. 15 Mississippi State (1/18) ... Also posted double-doubles against Mississppi Valley State, Southern Miss and Auburn (1/14) ... Season-high 6 blocks against MVSU ... Scored 15 points with 9 boards at No. 18 Mississippi State (2/9) ... Had 12 points and 8 rebounds in the second-round SEC Tournament win over Tennessee.
2010-11 (SOPHOMORE): Became the first Ole Miss player in school history named to the SEC All-Defensive team ... Broke his own school record for blocks in a season with 95 ... Played in 33 games, with 30 starts ... Ranked third in the SEC and 15th in the NCAA with 2.9 blocks per game ... In league games only, he was second in the SEC with an average of 3.1 ... Averaged 6.8 points and a team-best 6.4 rebounds (15th in SEC) in 23.5 minutes per outing ... Shot 59.4 percent from the field (95-160), which would have ranked top 10 nationally if he had qualified with enough attempts ... Put up 7.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game (14th in SEC) in league play ... Posted four double-doubles on the year ... Recorded 5 or more swats in 9 games ... Led the team in rebounding 14 times and had 8 double-digit efforts on the glass ... Led the team with 31 dunks ... Huge performance in the win over #10 Kentucky (2/1) - 12 points (6-9 FGs), 5 boards, 5 blocks, career-high 3 steals ... Earned No. 3 spot on SportsCenter's Top Plays with his block of Brandon Knight's dunk attempt (as well as a breakaway dunk of his own) ... Near triple-double with 11 points (5-5 FGs, 1-1 3pt FG), 12 boards and a school record-tying 8 blocks at Arkansas (2/5) ... First career SEC double-double with 13 points, 10 boards (and 4 blocks) at Florida (1/8) ... 11 points, 5 boards, 3 blocks vs. #24 Georgia (1/15) ... 9 points, 8 boards, 7 blocks vs. Arkansas (3/5) ... 10 points, 8 boards in SEC Tournament win over South Carolina ... First double-double of his career with 14 points, 11 rebounds at UALR, while also blocking 5 shots ... Posted career highs with 16 points and 7 blocks vs. ETSU ... 8 points, career-high 13 rebounds vs. Texas State ... Second double-double of the year with 12 points and 11 boards vs. Southeastern Louisiana, adding 4 blocks.
2009-10 (FRESHMAN): Voted to the SEC All-Freshman team by the league coaches ... Set the school record with 64 blocked shots on the season, breaking David Dean's previous record of 56 set in 1992-93 ... Played in 31 games, making eight starts ... Ranked third in the SEC and led all league freshmen with 2.1 blocks per game ... Finished sixth among all freshmen in the nation in blocks per game ... Averaged 4.1 points and 4.5 rebounds in 17.3 minutes per game ... Led the team and ranked second among league freshmen with a 57.8 field goal percentage ... Recorded 3 or more blocks on 13 occasions ... Led all players in the 2010 NIT with 12 blocks ... Pulled down 9 rebounds and blocked an Ole Miss NIT game record 4 shots against Texas Tech ... Missed four games with a severe ankle sprain during the middle of conference play ... Near double-double with 8 points (4-4 FGs) and 9 rebounds at LSU (1/23) ... Had 9 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks vs. Jacksonville State ... Season-high 11 points (5-6 FGs) with 6 rebounds and 3 blocks in the OT win over UTEP ... Named SEC Freshman of the Week after performances vs. UTEP and Centenary ... Season-high 12 rebounds with 3 blocks vs. Indiana ... Had 4 blocks in collegiate debut vs. UALR and followed that with a season-best 5 blocks against Alabama State.
HIGH SCHOOL: Ranked among the top Class of 2009 prospects in the nation by Rivals.com (No. 29 overall) Scout.com (No. 78), Hoopmasters.com (No. 92) and Hoop Scoop (No. 98) ... Also rated the No. 5 small forward in the country by Rivals and the No. 25 power forward by Scout ... Tabbed the best defender among all forward prospects in the nation by Rivals ... Owns the Tennessee high school record for career blocked shots ... Received Tennessee Class A Mr. Basketball honors after he led coach Gerald Harris' Manassas Tigers to a state championship and 27-2 record during senior year ... Also named Basketball Coaches Association of Tennessee Class A Player of the Year, Tennessee Sports Writers Association All-State, TSSAA State All-Tournament and a finalist for The Commercial Appeal Best of the Preps Player of the Year ... MVP of region, district and sub-state tournaments ... Averaged 18.9 points, 15.4 rebounds, 6 assists and 7.1 blocks per game as a senior ... A finalist for Tennessee Mr. Basketball as a junior when he led Manassas to a 36-5 record and state title game and averaged 16 points, 13.7 rebounds and 6.7 blocks ... Put up 11.1 points, 9.8 rebounds, 8.6 blocks and 4.3 assists per game as a sophomore.
PERSONAL: Full name is Reginald Becton-Buckner ... Born May 12, 1991 ... Son of Tangela Buckner and Reginald Becton ... Criminal justice major ... Played AAU ball with the Memphis Hoopers, under the direction of coach Jerry Anthony ... Garnered national attention when he led his team to a tournament title at the prestigious Boo Williams Invitational in 2008, earning tournament MVP with 19 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks in the championship game ... Chose Ole Miss over Missouri, Kentucky, Arizona and Memphis, among others.
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