Buddy Hield The Star Attraction At OU’s Alumni Basketball Game

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The family of the late sooner legend Wayman Tisdale, received one of the loudest cheers at the fifth annual OU alumni basketball game on Saturday, August 29.

Tisdale’s teammate, Darryl “Choo” Kennedy was active for Team Crimson with six points and five rebounds.

Former three point ace Michael Neal showed he still has plenty of touch from behind the arc, and poured in 12 points for the cream team.

While Tyler Neal threw down a dunk and skied for 11 points on the afternoon.

Kelley Newton splashed in six shots from three and finished with 18 points for Team Crimson.

Johnnie Gilbert still had some hustle left scoring four points in his first trip back to Norman in a decade.

Some of those muscles from college weren’t working quite the same, but there was still plenty of fun as Team Crimson won 84-79.

“Every year that goes by you kind of remember less and less small memories about while you were here,” Tyler Neal said.  “It’s fun to get back and talk about some of those, and be reminded of some of those.  It’s fun playing, fun playing under the bright lights and just all the memories that come with that.”

There was clearly plenty of fun to be had here at the OU alumni basketball game, and there was no doubt about who the man of the hour was.

Buddy Hield.

After turning down the NBA for one more year of college, Hield looked like a presidential candidate today taking pictures with former players and fans, signing plenty of autographs and even holding a baby or two.

“It was fun,” Hield said.  “Just being out here and seeing all the old players and just talking to them, and how they’re talking trash.  You got to get to two thousand points, and I was like nah man I’m trying to get to the final four.  It was just good to see them all here to come back and show how much they appreciate this program, and being out here with all the kids and fans coming out.”

I’m just excited to see what we’ll do this season.  Till my time comes back and I’ll have something I can talk about.”

“I went up to him and told him congratulations on his season last year and the fact that he came back,” Cade Davis said.  “It’s a wonderful move on his part.  Talking to the coaching staff they’re working really hard, and that’s the main thing.  Just to stay hungry, stay humble, be focused and I think they’ll do really well this year.”

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