Buddy Hield has been one of the best players in college basketball this season and earned MVP honors as Oklahoma won the Diamond Head Classic. The Freeport, Bahamas native has been named NetScouts Basketball’s National Player of the Week and International Player of the Week for games from December 21st to December 27th.
The 6-foot-4 shooting guard began the week with 25 points in just 26 minutes as Oklahoma defeated Washington State. In the second round, Hield totaled 27 points and nine rebounds in Oklahoma’s toughest matchup during an 84-81 win against Hawaii. He saved his best for last, however, pouring in 34 points in the 83-71 championship victory over Harvard.
On the week, Hield averaged 28.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per game while shooting 60.5% (26-43) from the field, 59.1% (13-22) from three-point range, and a near-perfect 21-of-22 from the free throw line. It’s the third time Hield has been named NetScouts Basketball’s International Player of the Week this season, but he’s the first to sweep both categories this year.
Oklahoma improved to 11-0 after the trio of wins and has proven to be one of the top teams in the country during non-conference play. Hield has been a major reason, as the senior leads all Power Five conference scorers with 24.9 points per game. The Sooners will start Big 12 play against a talented Iowa State squad that has started the year 10-1.
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