Buddy Hield looking ahead to collegiate season
Published: May 24, 2013
Buddy Hield, the 6-foot, 4-inch guard, has completed his freshman season at the University of Oklahoma. He is presently relaxing at home in Freeport, Grand Bahama. One of his Bahamian coaches, Gladstone ‘Moon’ McPhee, and I visited with Hield earlier in the week and his spirits are high. He has good reasons.
The amiable, easy-talking Hield had successful surgery in February for the fracture of the fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot that kept him out of five games. He is healthy and has demonstrated the ability to move well on the court again. Also, there is widespread expectation that the Bahamian sensation will be turned loose this upcoming season and thus be able to show the world his true skills.
“I’m feeling good. Yes, folks wanted me to do more offensively, but it’s alright and I think the plan is to turn me loose,” said Hield.
He is definitely looking ahead to the new season at Oklahoma but for now, while in Freeport, Hield is savoring renewed relationships with special individuals like Coach McPhee.
“Man, Coach it is good to see you. How is Coach Butler (Ivan, who was the coach who recognized the talent in Hield and got him into McPhee’s HOYTES Program). It’s good to see you and I have to see Coach Butler. It’s good to be home,” said Hield.
The 2012-2013 season at Oklahoma is a stage he remembers with understanding and appreciation for the opportunity. The final three options for Hield were Oklahoma, Colorado and Kansas. He chose Oklahoma and is not disappointed.
“The season is over and I got the experience. I look forward to what’s up next for us.”
Hield is full of confidence and I think, he is definitely headed for the National Basketball Association (NBA). McPhee has always been high on young Hield.
“Look, when Butler brought him to me he was a little fellow. From the moment I saw him move around on the court, I knew there was something special about him. I told people (my brother Sidney and others) that Buddy was going places. This is delightful for me. It is always a good feeling to see the transformation in those who came through HOYTES. They all start out as little kids and when you see someone evolve like Hield, it just feels very good,” said Coach McPhee.
Hield is one of the most-watched collegiate players. Even though his freshman year was limited due to the injury, observers saw enough to perk their interest. If in the Oklahoma system during the coming season, more plays are called for Hield, that decision would be the foundation for All-American status. For now though, he has eased back into the Grand Bahama environment and taking the time to relax.
Best wishes Buddy!
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