I did not envision it,» Hield said

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«We guarded our ass off against Buddy,» KU coach Bill Self said after the game. Point guard Frank Mason requested the assignment in the second half, and Self was canada goose store impressed how intently and intensely Mason did the cheap Canada Goose job. Hield scored 24 points after halftime. The KU crowd actually canada goose factory sale gave him an ovation after the canada goose game.

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Hield is an example of what an athlete can accomplish with hard work, great coaching and a personality teammates cannot help but embrace.

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«To be honest with you, I’m not going to lie. I did not envision it,» Hield said. «I thought it would be impossible to average 25 with how everybody guards me so tight. I thought he could get it above 20. I never imagined averaging 25, 26 points because of how the way I’ve been guarded the past four years. I didn’t know that was going to be possible. Once I saw I could do it, I just took advantage of my opportunities.»

Hield has done this throughout his time at Oklahoma. He canada goose clearance sale was a two star prospect when he signed a letter of intent in November 2011. He is a native of the Bahamas who as a young teen attended a youth clinic there that was run by Chris Crutchfield, now a Sooners assistant. «He noticed Buddy, his personality and all of that,» Kruger said.

After Kruger took the Oklahoma job in 2011, assistant coach Steve Henson was scouting another player at Sunrise Christian Academy in Kansas and liked what he saw of Hield. «Steve said he ran the whole gym, had great energy and great enthusiasm,» Kruger said. «And Crutch remembered him. It kind of went from there.»

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Hield said he came to basketball late, was far more interested in running track because he thought that might carry him away from the islands to an American college. He was a quarter miler and half miler, and the endurance one can build running those races doesn’t hurt when you’re playing 35 minutes a night.

«I was a small kid, about 5 5 buy canada goose jacket cheap in ninth grade. Then I just shot up,» Hield said. That made him more interested in basketball. He still can run, though. When he ran a timed mile against his teammates in his freshman year, he beat the 5 minute mark and proudly says, «I smoked everybody.»

canada goose Oklahoma is certainly a different place to call home. The food was a change. So is the inability to walk wherever you need to go. «Here you drive, everything is 20 Canada Goose Outlet minutes or 40 minutes away.» But he has loved getting to know the Southwestern people who have accepted him, he believes, «as family.» canada goose

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A year ago those numbers were: 41.2 percent field goal shooting, 35.9 percent 3 point shooting and 82.3 Canada Goose sale percent free throws.

«His starting point going into the year, he was Big 12 Player of the Year last Canada Goose Parka year, All American and all that he might be as improved as anyone in the country, too,» Kruger told canadian goose jacket Sporting News. «It’s an interesting combination.»

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Canada Goose sale «I’m kind of stubborn when people tell me I can do stuff,» Hield said. «If you tell me I can’t do stuff, I’m going to find a way to do it. I wanted to show I can get better, I can play at a higher level. You put in the work and the time and effort and you’re going to prove everybody wrong.» Canada Goose sale.

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