American Basket Ball player Buckets Blakes was born and raised in Phoenix Arizona, his first exposure to basketball was when he was watching the Phoenix Suns at the age of five. He would cut a hole at the top of his dad’s hat, flip it over and shoot a tennis ball through it. Former Suns star Kevin Johnson was a large influence on him. Buckets took the work ethic that he developed first at Arizona Western College, where he earned an associate’s degree, he then joined the University of Wyoming, where he was a team captain and MVP. In his senior season, Buckets was one of only two players in the Mountain West Conference to finish in the top 15.
Now in his ninth season with the Globetrotters, Buckets enjoys working and mentoring kids, he relishes the opportunities he’s had to present the Globetrotters’ widely through the popular “C.H.E.E.R.™ For Character” programme around the world. He sees himself running his own gym and helping kids build character and self-esteem through sports mentoring.