Bucky Waters

Currently is a basketball announcer for ESPN, MSG Network & News Channel 14. Former Duke Basketball Coach (1969-1973). In Conjunction with Bucky Waters.

Basketball Analyst & Former College Basketball Coach

In eighteen years of college basketball as player and coach, Bucky experienced:

  • 5 Conference Championships
  • 5 NCAA Tournaments
  • 3 National Invitation Tournaments
  • 2 Final Fours
Career Highlights and Awards
  • Recipient of NCSU Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2001, succeeding former Governor, Jim Hunt
  • Received honorary Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree from the Duke University Medical School alumni.
  • “Dr. Waters” is only permitted to make one house call – his own house.
  • Recipient of The Hugo Germino Sports Ambassador Award – October 2010, by Durham Sports Club
  • Co-founder of Duke Children’s Classic in 1974.
  • Inducted into South Jersey Sports Hall of Fame 2008.
  • Inducted into Camden County N.J. Sports Hall of Fame-2011
  • Recipient of the Lou Gehrig/Catfish Hunter ALS Humanitarian Award – March 2005
  • Married to Dottie Walter Waters with 3 children and 12 grandchildren
  • Expecting Great Grand Father status in December 2012
  • With exception of 4 years coaching at WVU, a 58 year proud resident of North Carolina.

Bucky was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Bucky presently is Vice Chancellor for Development at the Duke University Medical Center, College Basketball Color Commentary for ESPN & Madison Square Garden Networks. Bucky currently also sits on the Board of Directors for the The V Foundation, Development Board of Durham Rescue Mission, Co-chair of Durham Rescue Mission Capital Campaign and Development Board of Agape Corner. Bucky does numerous Commercials on Radio and Television.

Bucky was the NBC SportsWorld Feature Host, College Basketball, NBC, USA, ESPN, Jefferson/Raycom, Madison Square Garden, Fox Sports Total 35 years of National Television, Professional Golf (PGA), Professional Tennis, Charlotte HEAT TeamTennis, International Track, Professional Baseball (Durham Bulls), Telethon Host (Children's Miracle Network), Anchor announcer for NBC in 1988 Olympics in Seoul, Korea, Collegiate Basketball Player - under Hall of Fame Coach Everett Case at North Carolina State University. Only North Carolina State's National Championships in '74 and '83 surpassed the Wolfpack's Nationally 2nd ranked team of the Waters' era.

Bucky coached for four years at West Virginia University and ten years at Duke University producing winning records and postseason tournament teams at both universities. Continuing 27 years at Madison Square Garden/Fox Network as the voice of College basketball. For 12 years, Waters, Billy Packer, and Al McGuire were the only color analysts when NBC had college hoops. One of only four individuals in ACC history to be on ACC basketball champion teams at two different universities: as a player at North Carolina State University, and as a coach at Duke University. One of six ACC players to become an ACC Head Basketball Coach. Never finished out of the first division in 14 years as a player or coach in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

As head coach at both WVU and Duke, had a winning records. While coaching at Duke and coaching against Duke. His West Virginia teams won 2 of 3 over Duke. In '66, Waters beat the #1 Blue Devils in February on their way to a third Final Four appearance in four years. WVU was 1-0 vs UNC in Waters' era.

ACC Staying Power!

The ACC recently celebrated its 57th Anniversary. When it started in 1954 Waters was a scholarship freshman at NC State. For more than 50 years has been involved in ACC basketball as a player, coach at Duke, coaching against conference teams at WVU and to the present has televised ACC games for NBC, ESPN, Madison Square Garden, Fox, USA, Jefferson-Raycom and Westwood One CBS radio.

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