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Let’s Play

FHS student runs successful NBA YouTube channel

Writer / Matt Keating
Photographer / Brian Brosmer

Austin Buckley runs such a popular NBA YouTube channel, he has amassed a staggering 164,000 subscribers.

Buckley, known for his CSB channel’s content, has garnered a large following for his series of NBA 2K “Let’s Play” videos. He gives advice on how to build a better team.

Buckley started his YouTube Channel on Nov. 6, 2013.

“I knew a lot of people that were playing the same NBA video games that I was,” Buckley says. “I wanted to make my videos to entertain people, and it just got bigger and bigger.”

Buckley, a 2017 Fishers High School graduate, has also amassed more than 10,000 followers to his CSB-YT Twitch Channel.

The new NBA 2K17, similar to the previous games in the series, is based on NBA basketball games, and more specifically, it stimulates the experience of the NBA.

“I love making my videos where fans of the NBA 2K games can see what I have to say,” Buckley says. “It’s not stressful. It’s laid back and a lot of fun.”

After he makes the videos, he doesn’t watch them again.

“When I’m making them, I just want them to be entertaining,” Buckley says. “After they are out there for people to enjoy, I don’t want to look at them anymore.”

Austin will be attending Ball State University in the fall and plans to keep making new videos.

“We think he’s cool,” says his mother, Kay Buckley. “We were at a mall in Philadelphia, and he met fans who wanted to get their pictures taken with him. He also has fans from far away as Australia and New Zealand.”

Austin already has some new ideas in mind for the upcoming NBA season.

“With the way games are always changing every season, it keeps things fresh,” Austin says. “The games are always changing, and I can keep changing my advice on how to build a better team.”

Austin has pondered a future in computers or video production.

“It’s something I have definitely thought about, but I also want to keep other things open in case I decide to go into something else,” he adds.

He also hopes to keep accumulating more subscribers.

“I think it’s possible. A lot of people have really been responding to my advice, and I think people enjoy getting advice on making their teams better,” Buckley says.

Bill Whitney, Carmel, says he plans on becoming a subscriber to Austin’s “Let’s Play” videos.

“He’s entertaining, informative and funny,” Whitney says. “He makes me laugh, which isn’t an easy thing to do, and he gives good advice that’s valuable. I love NBA 2K17, and his videos are a great companion piece to the games. He’s made a big fan out of me, and I plan on telling other people to subscribe to his channel.”

About Matt Keating

Matt Keating is an instructional assistant and tutor at Amy Beverland Elementary and a freelance writer. He previously worked for The Indianapolis Star, NUVO and Montgomery Zukerman (MZD) Public Relations.

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