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.