Originally a walk-on member of the Georgia program...Has been on an athletic grant-in-aid, however, since the 2010-11 season...An excellent student and valuable backup point guard for the Bulldogs...Older brother Mike served the UGA program in a similar capacity in the 2003-04 seasons...Named to the UGA Student-Athlete Advisory Council for the 2012 academic year.
Played in nine games for the Bulldogs.
Most meaningful action came in a 6-minute stint against High Point.
Also played against Notre Dame, Temple, Charleston Southern, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, South Carolina, LSU and Auburn.
Scored his first collegiate field goal on an old-fashioned 3-point play against LSU.
Named to the 2011 SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll.
Appeared in three games: UNC-Asheville, Pepperdine and Florida Atlantic.
Named to the 2010 SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll.
Also featured prominently on teammate Connor Nolte's blog, Passer's Remorse, as a successful trick-shot artist.
Made the team through open tryouts during October of 2008.
Appeared in four games during the season: Miss. Valley State, Kennesaw State, Ole Miss and Mississippi State (SEC Tournament).
Credited with an assist in the season finale in Tampa.
Named to the Southeastern Conference Freshman Academic Honor Roll.
Also named to the UGA Director's Honor Roll both semesters last year.
Averaged 13 points and seven assists per game as a senior at Pope in 2007-08.
Shot 45 percent from the field and 80 percent from the line that season, with single-game highs of 30 points and 12 assists.
Also played soccer for the Greyhounds.
Full Name: Matthew Thomas Bucklin
Birthdate/Birthplace: June 13, 1990 in Marietta, Ga.
Parents: Dave and Mary Bucklin
Academic Major: Marketing
Favorite TV Shows: Entourage, Dexter, How to Make It In America
Favorite Video Game: FIFA
Favorite Beverage: Strawberry Lemonade
Favorite Academic Subject: Math
Most Challenging Subject: Accounting
Interests & Hobbies Outside Basketball: Golf, Soccer, Ping Pong, Billiards
Hidden Talents: Best pool player on the team
My teammates describe me as: Short
My role models away from sports: My parents
An adjective that I would use to describe myself: Competitive
Teammate that makes me laugh the hardest: Sherrard Brantley
Non-Athletic Accomplishment I'm Proudest Of: Wing-Eating Champion (I ate 55)
Athletic Accomplishment I'm Proudest Of: Making the NCAA Tournament last season
Other sport I'd most like to try: Golf
Pre-Game Ritual: Got to be the 1st person on the court
Superstitions: Got to swish my last shot before leaving the gym
Most Prized Possession: My first Bible
I got started playing basketball: By playing 1-on-1 with my brother
I chose my jersey number because: It was John Stockton's number
What drives me to excel in basketball? My love of the game
How I first got interested in UGA: My brother went to school here
The thing I like most about being part of this team: Running out of the tunnel before a sold-out game