Oklahoma men's basketball: If you hear a squawk, then that means Buddy Hield is open
Hield's unusual message to teammates is often limited to practice, but he's done it during games.
There's a lot to know about Oklahoma basketball player Buddy Hield.
He's a talker. He comes from a big family. He provides a spark from the Sooners' bench.
That is just the surface of the freshman from the Bahamas who's caused more newspaper headlines than the two other freshmen who quietly stole two senior starting spots.
Buddy Hield is the onion of Oklahoma basketball. He has layers, and while peeling them back, Hield makes teammates and fans laugh, instead of cry, at each new layer.
Here's one new layer: every day in practice, Hield squawks. It's like the bird on Fred Flintstone that calls the end of the workday.
It's Hield's call to let teammates know he's open.
Open on the left side of the arc. Open for a jumper.
The more he squawks, the more the annoying noise starts to sound like sneakers squeaking across the wood of the court.
The squawk only happens in practice. And it's become more noticeable during practice within the last month.
Hield hasn't used the squawk on the game court too much. In Oklahoma's last game, against Arkansas, the freshman only played nine minutes but went 2-for-3 from the floor, including 2-for-2 from the arc. He didn't need to squawk to get those baskets.
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