OU Star Buddy Hield Grew Up Playing Basketball With Homemade Hoops on the Streets of Freeport (Pic)
Oklahoma Sooners guard Buddy Hield is probably going to take home the Wooden Award as the top college basketball player in the country, and he cemented his status as a lottery pick in the NBA draft with that brilliant 37-point performance against the no. 1 Oregon Ducks to reach the Final Four. Many observers are now saying Buddy Hield is the best college shooter since some guy named Steph Curry, and some advanced stats suggest that, in fact, he’s slightly better.
The scary thing? Hield, a senior, has gotten better every single year. Like much better. He averaged 7.8 PPG his first year with a 14.9 PER. Then he improved to 16.5 PPG and a 19.7 PER, then 17.4 PPG and a 22.6 PER, and finally 25.4 PPG and a 28.7 PER. It’s hard to even figure out where his ceiling might be.
And all this from a kid who grew up playing basketball on homemade hoops on the streets of Freeport, Bahamas.
Seriously, check this out:
One of Buddy Hield’s homemade hoops here on his street in Eight Mile Rock in Freeport. pic.twitter.com/1U9bKZ9sxR
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) March 29, 2016
From milk crates to cutting down nets in the NCAA Tournament and, pretty soon, the NBA. And by all accounts it couldn’t have happened to a more deserving kid.