“Staying focused,” Fitzgerald, a senior forward, explained as the key to having a good tournament. “You might get distracted by going to Disney World but the main point is stay focused and that's one thing is to win games and the tournament.”
Fitzgerald said he does think having Hield's family in the stands will create an exciting atmosphere, helping the young player off the bench.
In the Sooners' game at UT-Arlington, Hield came off the bench in his first regular-season road game and led the team with 17 points.
“I love the way that he's playing, giving us that boost of energy,” Fitzgerald said.
After two regular-season games, Hield leads the team with an average of 13.0 points per game. And among the team, he still is known as the most talkative. That energy has already helped the Sooners pull to a 2-0 start, and Hield is hoping his family being in the stands in Orlando will only help his energy more.
“It's going to inspire me,” Hield said. “Every bucket I take, I have to make it. My mom, she hates to see me miss shots. And my brother hates when I miss shots and I hate when I miss shots. So I'm not going to want to disappoint them. Every bucket I take, I'm going to have to make.”