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Wilson’s Kenny Buckner charged with theft at Boise State

Kenny Buckner Boise State senior forward Kenny Buckner, from Wilson, faces his third theft charge at the Idaho school. (Matt Cilley/Associated Press)

Kenny Buckner, the Wilson graduate who overcame the fatal shootings of his parents to earn a basketball scholarship to Boise State despite not having played the sport in high school, has been arrested for misdemeanor petit theft, his third such charge in his two years at the university.

The Idaho Statesman reported that Buckner, the lone senior in a program that this season reached the NCAA tournament for just the second time in 18 years, was charged along with Boise State women’s basketball player Brandi Henton. The pair entered a store the afternoon of April 6 and allegedly concealed food items before walking out without paying for them.

Buckner and Henton later were booked into jail and released after posting bond, the story said, adding that Buckner has an April 16 jury trial on an unrelated theft charge from January that involved three other Boise State men’s players. At the time of that alleged offense, Buckner was suspended for three games. The other three players were suspended for one game.

Buckner pleaded guilty to another misdemeanor theft charge in June last year, the paper reported.

The 6-foot-7 forward, who averaged 5.1 points and 5.2 rebounds this past season, shot 63.4 percent from the floor. Boise State lost to LaSalle in one of the NCAA tournament’s four play-in games, falling short of the field of 64.

Buckner played baseball not basketball at Wilson but later showed promise on the court playing for fun at Lamond Recreation Center in the District. He played at the College of Southern Idaho for two years before enrolling at Boise State.

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