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Izett Buchanan

This article is about American expatriate basketball player. For the Canadian politician, see William Buchanan.
Izett Buchanan
Personal information
Born (1972-05-08) May 8, 1972 (age 48)
Nationality American
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Career information
High school Goshen Central (Goshen, New York)
College Marist (1990–1995)
Position Point guard / Shooting guard / Small forward
Career highlights and awards
  • Co-Haggerty Award winner (1994)
  • ECAC First Team (1995)
  • NEC Player of the Year (1995)
  • Asia-Basket All-Chinese 1st Team (2003)
  • Chinese D2 Summer League champions (2001)
  • France Pro B champions

William Izett Buchanan (born May 8, 1972) is an American expatriate professional basketball player.

Early life

Buchanan hails from Goshen, New York and attended Goshen Central High School.[1][2] He graduated in 1990 having scored 1,344 points during his high school career.[1]


Buchanan then went on to play basketball at Marist College from 1990 to 1995.[3] During his four-year career he scored 1,593 points, including a school single game-record 51 against Long Island during the 1993–94 season.[3] That same year, he set a season record with 645 points en route to being named the Northeast Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year He also shared the Haggerty Award with Artūras Karnišovas of Seton Hall. Sports Illustrated named him their national player of the week for that effort.[4] He finished his Marist career in the top 10 of other major statistical categories, including career steals (137), rebounds (613), scoring average (16.6), free throws made (390).[3]

Off-court incident

In April of his senior year, Buchanan was charged in Poughkeepsie, New York with spending more than $1,000 in credit cards he allegedly stole.[5] This did not affect his NCAA eligibility or cause any repercussion for him with the Marist basketball program.


Buchanan has been a journeyman in his professional career, playing for myriad teams in different countries:[2]


  1. ^ a b "Champs - 1,000-Point Basketball Scorers". Varsity 845. Retrieved May 25, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Proposals to a great mens team in Poland". July 20, 2004. Retrieved May 25, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "2006–07 Men's Basketball Media Guide" (PDF). Marist College. 2006. Retrieved May 25, 2011. 
  4. ^ Reed, William F. (February 21, 1994). "Players of the Week". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved May 25, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Figure Skater Curry Dies of AIDS-Related Illness". Los Angeles Times. April 16, 1994. Retrieved May 25, 2011.