Oklahoma men's basketball: Buddy Hield shook off jitters and excelled for Sooners
Friends from Wichita, Kan., get to see Hield start on Monday against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
They say he's the same old Buddy. Always talkative. Always smiling.
Romero Osby said he's never been surprised by how much Buddy can talk — while guarding an opponent or just being a friend. Hield was like that when Osby served as his recruiting host.
“That was cool because I talk a lot, too,” Osby said. “We had a lot of long conversations.”
Hield also brought an energy — one that Osby said has left a mark on the entire team. The Sooners want to work more.
That lack of energy was evident during the first 20 minutes of Oklahoma's game against Ohio, but in the last 20, Hield guarded aggressively, stole the basketball, fed teammates who made baskets.
Hield made it through his first career start, and the Sooners won to boot.
He's now projected to make his second start, Monday against Corpus Christi, and he said he'll gladly welcome his “starter jitters” again.
He'd just like a few more baskets to come with them.
Sports Photo Galleriesview all
- 101218Oklahoma tornadoes: The 'Big Dog,' the little boy and the hug that triumphs over tragedy
- 15357OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant tours Moore, meets with residents
- 13402Oklahoma tornadoes: ‘All I could do was sit there and hold her'
- 8724Line of storms brings flash floods to Oklahoma City area
- 8110How to help tornado victims
- 8098Oklahoma tornadoes: Love for Oklahoma generates big donation
- 8041Oklahoma tornadoes: Rams quarterback Sam Bradford leading aid effort