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

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.

by Stephanie Kuzydym
Reporter
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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