September 26, 2011

Sooners Land Four-Star Guard

Oklahoma basketball coach Lon Kruger and the Sooner basketball family closed the weekend by picking up the services of 2012 four-star shooting guard Bel Aire (Kan.) Sunrise Christian Academy Buddy Hield.

The 6-foot-4, 190-pound Hield is the No. 94 ranked player overall by Rivals.com and committed to the Sooners this weekend following an official visit, which did nothing but solidify his desire to play for the Sooners.

"I had a feeling in my mind that (Norman) was somewhere I would like to be and as the coaches got to know me and talk to me more and the chance that I got to bond with them more I realized I wanted to commit," said Hield, who moved to America only 13 months ago from the Bahamas.

"I love the way coach (Lon) Kruger has come into play this year. They did a good job recruiting me and after my visit it was down to a family decision with me and my family and my coach."

"I spent most of my weekend with some of the basketball guys like Romero Osby and some of the basketball assistants who are the ladies that take you around during your visit. They took me around the school to check out the campus and to see the academic assistance. I think it's a pretty good spot for me and to better my education and to get better as a basketball athlete."

Committing to the Sooners over Colorado and Kansas it's been almost a whirlwind past year for Hield who busted onto the summer circuit playing alongside Kansas commit Perry Ellis and the Kansas Pray and Play Players AAU team while also adjusting to life in America.

"Coach Kruger has been talking to me since he got the job at Oklahoma. He didn't get to watch me play all summer but he said the first time he saw me he said I was the type of player that he needs and wants on his team," said Hield who turned in big games over the month of July only helping raise his stock.

"I grew up watching highlights of Kobe Bryant. I don't think my game is anywhere similar to his but I guess just watching him and other professional players. I like watching them because they compete hard no matter what."

"It's cool. The school is nice and just waking up in the morning and knowing what I have around me keeps me working on and off the court. America has been great so far and the people have been really nice and I appreciate how they look up to me as a role model at the school sometimes and the kids like me and I like them. So it's really cool."

Hield's official visit to Norman also gave him an up close look at the country's top ranked football team - a treat for some, an eye-opening experience for Hield.

"Yeah I went to the Missouri game. It was my first college football game. It was good. I got to see the No.1 ranked team in the country on the football field and it was really good. Most kids don't get to see that kind of thing down in the Bahamas," he admitted.

"I'm a good sports guy. I followed all the sports back in the Bahamas so I would watch the NFL a little bit. I started playing basketball first in seventh grade but I do know a lot about football. I love football."

But even his love for football is unmatched by his desire to succeed on the hardwood as he commits to Oklahoma full well knowing he has a chance to rebuild a program that undoubtedly has seen it's better days.

"Yes sir. I think the (Oklahoma) program is elite and especially with the guys they have coming in for this year. I know Coach Kruger has turned other programs around and I know when I get there it'll be time to turn my 'A' game on to be a good student athlete and try our best to try and win a national championship."

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