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.
by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: December 9, 2012
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photo - OU: Oklahoma's Buddy Hield (3) runs the ball downcourt from Louisiana's Amos Olatayo (10) and Millaun Brown (23) during a men's college basketball game between the University of Oklahoma and the University of Louisiana-Monroe at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012.  Photo by Garett Fisbeck, The Oklahoman
OU: Oklahoma's Buddy Hield (3) runs the ball downcourt from Louisiana's Amos Olatayo (10) and Millaun Brown (23) during a men's college basketball game between the University of Oklahoma and the University of Louisiana-Monroe at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. Photo by Garett Fisbeck, The Oklahoman

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.

Squawk.

Pass.

Net.

Squawk.

Pass.

Net.

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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by Stephanie Kuzydym
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Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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