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OU men's basketball: Sooners guard Buddy Hield recovered and improved

The sophomore looks like he's fully healed and improved from last year as OU opens its season against Alabama at 4 p.m. Friday at Dallas' American Airlines Center.
by Ryan Aber Published: November 7, 2013

DALLAS — Buddy Hield isn't going to say he doesn't think about the possibility of reinjuring his foot.

He does.

“You always think about it,” Hield said. “You don't want to get hurt. But whatever's for me, it's for me. I've got to leave it in God's hand in my situation.”

Hield broke his left foot in early February during a win over TCU.

Then he re-aggravated the injury in August just before the Sooners left on their European exhibition trip.

But the sophomore guard looks like he's fully healed and improved from last year as Oklahoma opens its season against Alabama at 4 p.m. Friday at Dallas' American Airlines Center.

“Buddy's done a terrific job,” Sooners coach Lon Kruger said. “His energy and enthusiasm, he just brings it naturally every day. Because of that, it's fun to watch him progress. He's going to become a terrific scorer as well as all-around player.”

Hield is the Sooners' leading returner in points (7.8), rebounds (4.2), assists (1.9) and steals (1.2).

But that production dropped off when he returned after missing three weeks due to injury.

Hield averaged just 3.5 points per game in his four games back.

That sent Hield back to the drawing board with his offensive game, seeking to rediscover the consistency he had earlier in his freshman season.

“I developed my jump shot and made that better,” Hield said. “I was a shooter in high school but fell off last year. Being more mentally focused, I think I'm ready to make that step to become a better basketball player this year.”

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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