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Oklahoma men's basketball: Newcomer Buddy Hield hoping to live up to nickname

His teammates dubbed him “The Microwave” in the preseason for heating things up off the bench. But as Romero Osby reminded him, Buddy Hield's got to keep earning that nickname.
BY STEPHANIE KUZYDYM Staff Writer Modified: November 11, 2012 at 10:33 am •  Published: November 10, 2012

— Sooner Nation, welcome freshman Buddy Hield. The Microwave.

Well, it's a temporary nickname.

He has to continue to earn the preseason title his teammates gave him over a long stretch of games in regular-season play.

But they think he's more than earned it for preseason production — the way he's heated things up off the bench in both games, leading all scorers in Oklahoma's second exhibition game against Central Oklahoma.

Hield ended the preseason with an average of 17.5 points and four rebounds.

He smiled a wide grin anytime his teammates grabbed him on the shoulder and mentioned his instant energy. His three-point shots from the top of the arc. His constant jabber on the court.

Earlier this season, senior Sam Grooms said he thinks sometimes Hield talks just to be talking.

“He really doesn't have anything specific he's trying to say,” Grooms said.

Grooms also said though that his energy comes from a fire that stays on full heat.

“All day, every day,” Grooms said. “What you see out of Buddy is what you're going to get every day. Just by the way he plays and his energy, every time he hits the court you're going to be able to tell.”

Hield also has an energy he brings off the bench that is unmatched by any other Oklahoma player. It's the reason he first got recruited out of his high school in the Bahamas. When Oklahoma coaches later saw him at a high school game at Sunrise Christian Academy in Kansas, Lon Kruger received a call.

He's really something special.

There is potential for Hield to become a starter, but Kruger said it's also great for the Sooners to have that electric spark right from the bench. Hield has said more than once this preseason that he's happy to produce wherever the team needs him. It's not just a line the freshman is using, Kruger said. He really means it.

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