HOUSTON, Texas – No matter who wins Saturday night, this weekend will be one of, if not the, last time the Sooner faithful will be able to see Buddy Hield in an OU jersey.
Hield, who decided to come back to the University of Oklahoma for his senior season, has stunned spectators and analysts alike this season.
Going into Saturday’s matchup with Villanova in the Final Four, Hield is averaging about 25 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2 assists each game.
It is a spectacular season that almost landed him the AP’s Player of the Year award.
However, it is a season that almost didn’t happen.
Last year, Hield had the chance to skip out on his senior season at OU and join the NBA.
Hield says it was a tempting idea, especially for a kid from the Bahamas who shared a room with his siblings and was used to building his own basketball hoops.
In a recent article Hield wrote for the Players’ Tribune, Hield says that his childhood and is mother set him on the path back to college.
“There was no way I wasn’t coming back to the basketball program. OU Basketball is the program that turned me into the player I am today. There was no way I wasn’t coming back to all my fellow classmates, the crazy fans who camp outside of Lloyd every game. There was no way I wasn’t coming back for my final year at OU, the university that believed in me before I became Buddy Hield. Back when I was just a fast-talking kid named Buddy from the Bahamas,” he wrote.
Hield says that he is proud of everything he and his teammates have accomplished over the last four years.
“Whenever my last game in the NCAA tournament comes, I’m going to hold my head up really high. OU has given so much to me, and I’m going to leave everything I have out there on the court. I’m going to give it my all. I know that’ll be enough,” Hield said.
“No matter how this season ends, I’m the luckiest guy in the world. The last four years — they’ve been an unforgettable ride. I owe it all to my teammates and the coaching staff for always believing in me and pushing me. I’ve made good decisions so far in life, with a little help from my best friend. Thanks, Mom. It is more than enough,” he wrote.