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Oklahoma Sooners MBB | Buddy Hield Named Preseason Conference Player of the Year

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On Thursday morning, the Big 12 Conference coaches voiced their opinion on several preseason honors. In a bit of an unsurprising reveal, Oklahoma Sooner and reigning Player of the year, Buddy Hield earned the top honor available before the season tips.

PRESEASON HONORS

HONOR NAME SCHOOL | CLASS
Player of the Year Buddy Hield Oklahoma | Senior
Newcomer of the Year Deonte Burton Iowa State | Junior
Freshman of the Year Cheick Diallo Kansas | Freshman


Hield currently ranks 15th on the Sooners all-time scoring list and averaged 17.4 points per game a year ago. However, during conference play, the senior guard upped the level of play by pouring in 18.5 per outing alongside 2.7 three pointers made and 5.4 rebounds. The effort marked the first time a player led the league in scoring while earning Player of the Year and Academic All Big 12 First Team honors in conference history.

Continuing to turn heads, Hield lands on the Preaseason All-Conference First Team as well.

PRESEASON ALL-BIG 12 FIRST TEAM

NAME SCHOOL POSITION | CLASS
Rico Gathers Baylor Forward | Senior
Georges Niang* Iowa State Forward | Senior
Perry Ellis* Kansas Forward | Senior
Buddy Hield* Oklahoma Guard | Senior
Isaiah Taylor Texas Guard | Junior

* - Unanimous Selection

With both Buddy Hield, Perry Ellis, and Georges Niang returning for a senior season, could we see a battle royale as the trio vies for the label of "Big 12 Player of the Year" once again?