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.
Besides, there are apparently two other electrical appliances that help the Sooners heat things up.
Freshman Je’lon Hornbeak tried to convince his cohorts that the freshmen are like a one-stop appliance shop. Hield’s the microwave, Hornbeak’s the stove and Isaiah Cousins is the oven.
They’re ready to heat it up and dish it out.
“We the buffet and we deliver,” Hornbeak said. “We’re hungry and we’re just going to eat.”
During Oklahoma’s first two exhibition games, the three freshmen produced, and newcomer Amath M’Baye combined to shoot .591 from beyond the arc (13-for-22) and .517 from the field. Hornbeak averaged 10.5 points per exhibition, while Cousins averaged 7.5.
All three freshmen said they’re excited to continue “cooking” in the regular season.
“It’s what we live for,” Hornbeak said. “We used to be on the video game playing but now it’s not a video game, we actually get to play.”