Buddy Hield Awards

Career highlights and awards

We highlight all the Buddy Hield Awards and accolades below:-

John R. Wooden Award (2016)

The John R. Wooden Award is an award given annually to the most outstanding men’s and women’s college basketball players.  The program consists of the men’s and women’s Player of the Year awards, the Legends of Coaching award and recognizes the All–America Teams.  The award, which was originally given only to male athletes, was first given in 1977. Starting in 2004, the award was extended to women’s basketball.

The awards, given by the Los Angeles Athletic Club, are named in honor of John Wooden, the 1932 national collegiate basketball player of the year from Purdue. Wooden later taught and coached men’s basketball at Indiana State and UCLA. Coach Wooden, whose teams at UCLA won ten NCAA championships, was the first man to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a player and coach. His 1948 Indiana State team was the NAIB (now NAIA) National Finalist.

Naismith College Player of the Year (2016)

The Naismith College Player of the Year is an annual basketball award given by the Atlanta Tipoff Club to the top men’s and women’s collegiate basketball players. It is named in honor of the inventor of basketball (in 1891), Dr. James Naismith.

Originally awarded exclusively to male players in 1969, the award was expanded to include female players as well in 1983.  Annually before the college season begins in November, a “watchlist” consisting of 50 players is chosen by the Atlanta Tipoff Club board of selectors.  This board is comprised of head coaches, administrators and media members from across the United States.  By February, the list is narrowed down to 30 players based on performance.  In March, four out of the 30 players are selected as finalists and are placed in the final ballot. The final winners are selected in April by both the board of selectors and fan voting via text messaging.  Subsequently, the winners receive the Naismith Trophy.

Since its beginning in 1969, the trophy has been awarded to 42 male and 23 female players. Lew Alcindor of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Anne Donovan of Old Dominion University were the first winners, respectively. Bill Walton of UCLA and Ralph Sampson of the University of Virginia have been the only men to win this award multiple times, with both winning three times.

The only three award winners who have been born outside the jurisdiction of the United States were:

Andrew Bogut, born in Melbourne, Australia.
Patrick Ewing, born in Kingston, Jamaica.
Buddy Hield, born in Freeport, Bahamas.

Oscar Robertson Trophy (2016)

The Oscar Robertson Trophy is given out annually to the outstanding men’s college basketball player by the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA). The trophy is considered to be the oldest of its kind and has been given out since 1959.

USBWA College Player of the Year was started in 1959, which makes it the oldest running trophy for the college player of the year. The USBWA annually selects a player of the year and All-America teams for both men and women in college basketball. The USBWA men’s player of the year award is now called the Oscar Robertson Trophy.

The USBWA also selects a national coach of the year for men and women, with the men’s award named after legendary coach Henry Iba. It was renamed after the college and professional legend Oscar Robertson in 1998. Five nominees are presented and the individual with the most votes receives the award during the NCAA Final Four. The Oscar Robertson Trophy, previously known as the Player of the Year Award, was renamed in 1998 because of Robertson’s outstanding career (including winning the first two awards) and his continuing efforts to promote the game of basketball. He averaged 32.6 points per game in his sophomore year at Cincinnati.

Some of the past greats who have won this award include Larry Bird, Pete Maravich, Lew Alcindor, Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin.

Sporting News College Player of the Year (2016)

The Sporting News Men’s College Basketball Player of the Year is an annual basketball award given to the best men’s basketball player in NCAA Division I competition. The award was first given following the 1942–43 season and is presented by Sporting News, an American–based sports magazine that was established in 1886.

Repeat winners of the Sporting News Player of the Year award are rare; as of 2016, it has occurred only six times in the award’s 63 presentations. Of those six repeat winners, only Oscar Robertson of Cincinnati and Bill Walton of UCLA have been named the player of the year three times.

Despite not claiming any winners since the 1976–77 season, UCLA still has the most all-time with seven. Duke has the second most with six, while their in-state rival North Carolina has the third most with five winners.

Consensus first-team All-American (2016), Third-team All-American – AP, NABC (2015)

An All-American team is an honorary sports team composed of the best amateur players of a specific season for each team position—who in turn are given the honorific “All-America” and typically referred to as “All-American athletes”, or simply “All-Americans”. Although the honorees generally do not compete together as a unit, the term is used in U.S. team sports to refer to players who are selected by members of the national media. Walter Camp selected the first All-America team in the early days of American football in 1889.  The 2016 NCAA Men’s Basketball All-Americans are honorary lists that include All-American selections from the Associated Press (AP), the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA), the Sporting News (TSN), and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) for the 2015–16 NCAA Division I men’s basketball season. All selectors choose at least a first and second 5-man team. The NABC, TSN and AP choose third teams, while AP also lists honorable mention selections.

The Consensus 2016 College Basketball All-American team is determined by aggregating the results of the four major All-American teams as determined by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Since United Press International was replaced by TSN in 1997, the four major selectors have been the aforementioned ones. AP has been a selector since 1948, NABC since 1957 and USBWA since 1960.  To earn “consensus” status, a player must win honors based on a point system computed from the four different all-America teams. The point system consists of three points for first team, two points for second team and one point for third team. No honorable mention or fourth team or lower are used in the computation. The top five totals plus ties are first team and the next five plus ties are second team.

Although the aforementioned lists are used to determine consensus honors, there are numerous other All-American lists. The ten finalists for the John Wooden Award are described as Wooden All-Americans. The ten finalists for the Senior CLASS Award are described as Senior All-Americans. Other All-American lists include those determined by USA Today, Fox Sports, Yahoo! Sports and many others. The scholar-athletes selected by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) are termed Academic All-Americans.

Jerry West Award (2016)

Jerry West was fast-paced to stardom from the day he touched a basketball at West Virginia University.  West averaged 24.8 points and 13.3 rebounds per game in his three varsity seasons. In 1959, he led the Mountaineers to the NCAA Finals and captured the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player award. In his senior season, West was a consensus All-American and led West Virginia to its third consecutive conference championship.

In Los Angeles, West played virtually his entire career with Hall of Famer Elgin Baylor, and five years with Wilt Chamberlain. When the game was on the line, West’s Los Angeles Lakers teammates always found a way to get the ball to “Mr. Clutch.” His cool, calm, and collected personality and his leadership on the court was a coach’s dream as he won an NBA championship in 1972 and was named the NBA Finals MVP in 1969 despite his team not winning the championship. When he retired, West’s name was on nearly every page of the record books. He scored 25,192 points (third), averaged 27.0 ppg (fourth), made 7,160 free throws (second), and dished out 6,238 assists (fifth). West was equally adept on the defensive end, being named to the NBA All-Defensive First-Team four times.

The Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award is an annual basketball award given by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame to the top men’s collegiate shooting guard. Following the success of the Bob Cousy Award which had been awarded since 2004, the award was one of four new awards (along with the Julius Erving Award, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award and Karl Malone Award) created as part of the inaugural College Basketball Awards show in 2015.

2× Big 12 Player of the Year (2015, 2016) | 2× First-team All-Big 12 (2015, 2016) | Second-team All-Big 12 (2014)

The Big 12 Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Year is a basketball award given to the Big 12 Conference’s most outstanding player. The Big 12 Conference is a ten-school collegiate athletic conference headquartered in Irving, Texas.  It formerly held 12 colleges but was reduced to 10.  It is a member of the NCAA’s Division I for all sports, except hockey; its football teams compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS; formerly Division I-A), the higher of two levels of NCAA Division I football competition. Its ten members, located in Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and West Virginia, include eight public and two private Christian schools. The award was first given following the 1996–97 season, the first year of conference competition but three years after the conference’s official formation. It is selected by the league’s head coaches, who are not allowed to vote for their own players.

Only two players have won the award multiple times—Raef LaFrentz of Kansas, who won the first two awards in 1997 and 1998, and Buddy Hield of Oklahoma, who won the award in 2015 and 2016. Three freshmen have won the award as well—Kevin Durant of Texas, Michael Beasley of Kansas State and Marcus Smart of Oklahoma State. Four current Big 12 members have yet to have a winner: charter members Baylor and Texas Tech, and 2012 arrivals TCU and West Virginia.

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