OU basketball: Can Sooners make Buddy Hield's dream come true vs. Kansas?

by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: January 25, 2013

“It motivated me to keep playing better basketball so I could play at a higher level,” he said. “You want to play at programs like that, but you know one in a hundred get to play there. It made me work hard and get to wear I am today.”

Now, he's applying all those things he learned and taking them into Saturday's game with him.

“I was made for those type of environments,” Hield said. “I look forward to playing in those type of environments. I knew if I couldn't play for them I wanted to go play them and beat them.”

The Sooners know of Hield's high school trip to the Phog. Senior reserve Sam Grooms said the freshman talks about it when they talk about loud arenas.

“It's every little thing,” Grooms said. “It's the loudest arena I've ever been in.”

But this time going in, Grooms knows he has something Kansas basketball decided to gloss over: Buddy Hield.

“I'm just glad that he came here, I'd rather not deal with him at another place,” Grooms said. “He's just active and always so energetic. That wears on you after a while. I go against him enough in practice that I'm used to it by now, but I feel bad for other guards.”

by Stephanie Kuzydym
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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