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OU men’s basketball talks sportsmanship at Sooner Jr. Program

Stephanie Kuzydym Modified: April 18, 2013 at 4:35 pm •  Published: January 26, 2013

Oklahoma men’s basketball guard Buddy Hield and walk-on James Fraschilla are close friends to begin with.

They laugh at each other like brothers. They argue like brothers. And, the way they explained it, when you’re around somebody five hours a day, every day, you start to talk about things that grow a bond.

This week, Hield and Fraschilla took their friendship to Jefferson Elementary School to teach children the meaning of sportsmanship.

The two Oklahoma men’s basketball players did a small skit in which Fraschilla accidentally knocked Hield over.

“What do I do?” Fraschilla asked the children. “Do I pick him up? I play for Oklahoma and he plays for Oklahoma State. I should just walk away right?”

Oklahoma men's basketball guard Buddy Hield and a little Sooner fan named Kayleigh
Oklahoma men's basketball guard Buddy Hield and a little Sooner fan named Kayleigh

Little kids dressed in Oklahoma jerseys eyes widened.

“Nah,” Fraschilla continued. “Even if he does play for Oklahoma State, I should help him up. That’s good sportsmanship.”

The two basketball players, who were in a speaking group with rowers, volleyball players and baseball players, had the children in laughter. Multiple times Buddy Hield introduced himself as part of the rowing team after a few girls before him all said they were on the rowing team. Then, during one skit, Boomer walked through, pointed to Fraschilla and then played on his air guitar like Fraschilla had done early in the week against Texas. The children laughed.

After the skits, some of the children took their basketballs to be signed by the two Sooner hoops stars. Hield even held a baby. Her name is Kayleigh and Hield held her in complete silence – until she almost started to cry and he somehow stopped her before a single tear dropped.

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