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.
Here's another layer of the onion: he's the last one to leave the gym.
After practice and conditioning and a round of media interviews, Hield's still out there shooting. Some days, it's layups. Some nights, it's working on the 3-point basket. Sometimes, his two freshman cohorts join him and it's a bunch of laughter and swatting of passes.
But most nights it's just him. Just Buddy.
As his teammates leave the practice gym, freshly showered and dressed in street clothes, Hield is still sweating, still working and still trying to improve.
Sometimes he only stays for 15 minutes extra. Sometimes it's 45 minutes.
As he dribbles across the baseline and works his way to the basket, the only noise is the sound of his sneakers and the pounding of his dribble. The gym is a lot quieter now. Hield has no one to squawk at, nothing to squawk for.
Well, until tomorrow.