The University of Oklahoma Sooners has long been known for its skills on the gridiron. The men’s football team is generally ranked in the Top Ten and has, in its storied past, played in top bowl games, sometimes for the National Championship.
The school’s basketball program has, for the most part, “played second fiddle” to the illustrious football program. But solid recruiting of high school athletes has turned around many college basketball programs and made them successful.
That has now happened to the University of Oklahoma. Actually, change for the better “on the hardwood” began three years ago when Head Coach Lon Kruger recruited a shooting guard (also known as a “two guard”) named Buddy Hield.
The young player began impacting his team’s performance in his freshman season. The University of Oklahoma produced a winning season in Hield’s first year and backed that up with a second consecutive winning season when the young shooting guard became a sophomore.
The Sooners really excelled last year in the 2014-2015 Season when they won twenty-four games while losing just eleven contests. The squad of young, promising players did well in the “March Madness” tournament, making it all the way to the “Sweet Sixteen” before being defeated.
As might be expected, Buddy Hield played a major role in his team’s success and was named the Big 12 Conference Player of the Year. Hield also became a Third Team All-American. By every measure, last season was a major success for the Oklahoma University Basketball Program and a breakout year for speedy and accurate shooting guard.
His stellar play last season has greatly increased expectations for him and his team in the new 2015-2016 Season. Hield, in fact, has been selected as a first team All-American, even before the new season has begun. The team has also received a pre-season ranking that places it in the Top Ten nationally.
Buddy Hield will be starting his fourth and final season as a Sooner when play begins a few weeks from now. Expectations for him and his team are sky high. But, most pundits believe the young shooting guard will have no trouble elevating his game.
In his first three years, Hield scored at a rate of 17.4 points per game, grabbed 5.4 rebounds per game and produced 1.9 assists per game.
Clearly, this young and talented player has all the tools needed to succeed at the professional level. National Basketball Association teams in need of a shooting guard are likely to draft this terrific player very high in 2016.
The truth is that the team that drafts Buddy Hield will be getting a dynamic and winning player that will begin producing from Day One of his professional career.
Courtesy of Next Impulse Sports