A 6-foot-5, 205-pound wing, Buckley brings two years of collegiate experience to the Chippewas, having played his first year of collegiate basketball at New Hampshire and spending last season at Indian Hills Community College in Iowa where he earned NJCAA all-region honors.
"We are pleased to add DeAndray to our team," said Davis. "He has a been a leader both on and off the court at two storied programs-Romulus High School and Indian Hills. His combination of toughness, high basketball IQ, and outstanding academic record make him a great fit for our program."
As a captain during the 2011-12 season, Buckley led a 33-4 Indian Hills to regular season and conference tournament titles, a district championship, and a seventh-place finish in the NJCAA Division I Tournament.
He saw time in 29 games as a freshman in 2010-11, making four starts and averaging 12.5 minutes per contest. He led all Wildcat freshmen in rebounds (56), steals (15) and blocks (7), leading the team in steals six times and in blocks four times. He scored in double-digits four times and recorded a career-high 13 points, eight rebounds and three assists against Stony Brook.
At Romulus, Buckley was part of a school-record 79 victories and played in two state semifinals. He averaged 15.2 points, 9.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.2 steals per game, while shooting 49 percent from the floor during his senior year. The Eagles went 21-2 that season and were the top-ranked team in the Detroit News' Super 10. The four-year player was named to the Detroit News All-Area West First Team and the Detroit News Dream Team Third Team.