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Oklahoma basketball: Buddy Hield broadens his game with outside shot

Buddy Hield was brought in to Norman as a slashing guard who could make plays near the basket. But this season, the outside shot has been Hield’s go-to offensive weapon.
by Ryan Aber Published: March 7, 2014

— A few weeks ago, Oklahoma assistant Steve Henson started teasing Sooners guard Buddy Hield a bit.

“Hey Brady Heslip,” Henson called to Hield, referring to Baylor’s sharpshooting 3-point specialist. “All you want to do is shoot now.”

It was all in fun, but later, Henson told Hield that he hadn’t been attacking the rim as much as he used to.

Hield was brought in to Norman as a slashing guard who could make plays near the basket. But this season, the outside shot has been Hield’s go-to offensive weapon.

Heading into Saturday’s 3 p.m. regular-season finale at TCU, Hield has hit 81 3-pointers, more than double anyone else on the team.

“I’ve just got to keep on mixing my game up and show defenses I can do a bit of everything,” Hield said. “Look for me to be more aggressive as well. I’m going to start attacking the basket more and try to develop a mid-range game.

“But if the three-ball is there, I’m not going to shy down from it.”

Wednesday against West Virginia, Hield struggled for most of the game until a four-minute stretch where he hit four 3-pointers in five attempts.

But recently, Hield has been getting to the basket with more regularity and helping open things up on the perimeter for others.

Hield started playing basketball in an outdoor court at a park near his home in Freeport, Bahamas, when he was young.

Instead of scuffing up his school shoes, he’d often run home and put on slippers that belonged to either his mom or one of his sisters.

“They used to get mad at me because every time I go on the basketball court I’d mess them up,” Hield said.

He’d also get in trouble for staying out too late at the basketball court.

“We’d be sweaty all day,” Hield said. “I used to get in trouble for us with my mom but it was worth it. I was having fun.”

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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