The Buddy Hield NBA Draft conversation is very active. Hield has tried out for every team drafting between 2nd and 6th, and impressed everyone along the way.
But there could only be one, and with the sixth overall pick in the NBA Draft, the New Orleans Pelicans selected Buddy Hield, the college basketball sensation who led Oklahoma to the Final Four last season.
Hield is an amazing shooter and all-around versatile scorer who did everything for the Sooners throughout his college career. He has an amazing ability to hit tough shots during key situations and provide a spark to college basketball.
Undoubtedly, Hield will be able to shoot at an NBA level and clearly demonstrated it throughout his four year college career at Oklahoma, averaging more than seven attempts behind the arc as a sophomore on 39 percent shooting. He is also one of very few players who consistently increased their college stats year after year, from being that young island kid from Grand Bahama to being the dominant college senior with ice running through his veins. Head Coach Lon Kruger of the Oklahoma Sooners worked with Buddy exclusively from freshman to senior and Buddy gives tremendous credit to him for investing in him and his future.
Buddy had the option to leave college early but declined, instead he returned to Oklahoma and absolutely took the NCAA by storm averaging 25 points and 5 rebounds per night on 50.1 percent shooting from the field and 45.7 percent beyond the three-point line. Without a doubt, that decision helped to improve Buddy’s chances of being drafted in the top 10, eventually landing him as the 6th pick for the New Orleans Pelicans.
His lottery stock soared while he was still able to complete his college degree which was a lifelong promise to his mother, Jacqueline Swann–Braynen who provided constant support and inspiration to Buddy from his early years all the way through college.
Despite playing more than 35 minutes per game, Hield scored what many would statistically consider the best shooting season in college basketball with an uncanny ability to score frequently with his game against Kansas, where he scored 46 points and showed how many ways he’s capable of scoring buckets. The nation was able to see ‘Buddy Buckets‘ on full display.