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

His oldest brother, B.J. Simmons, didn’t have an issue with it though.

“We didn’t grow up with much,” Simmons, who is now a graduate assistant for Central Arkansas’ track team, said. “Our mom worked hard. She worked triple jobs. I was the eldest so I took care of everybody else. I didn’t have a problem with him being on the court because Buddy got in a lot of mischievous trouble. That’s just kids growing up. I’d let him go and just tell him to be back at a certain time.”

Hield idolized the game of Allen Iverson, mimicking Iverson’s pesky defense and fearless driving on offense despite his small stature.

That helped Hield when he was 5-foot-7 playing against older, bigger players on that blacktop court.

But when he sprung up several inches over one summer in middle school, it made him a force on the court.

“That motivated me to get after it more,” Hield said. “Watching my game, as a basketball player, you know you’re good enough and I thought I was good enough. I felt like I had a chance.”

If the Sooners are to be successful in the NCAA Tournament, Hield figures to have a lot to do with it, whether it’s hitting the outside shots or driving.

“It makes us a lot tougher to guard,” Hield said. “We’ve got guys who can shoot the ball so good, you really don’t know what to do. You’ve got to play them honest and if you play them honest, guys will be good to dribble. All we try to do is make plays for each other and make the right plays.”

by Ryan Aber
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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