The Sooners won the Diamond Head Classic this past week led by Buddy Hield, and it earned him national recognition from CBS Sports as he was named national Player of the Week. The Big 12 named him conference Player of the Week as well. This is the second time this season he's been named Big 12 Player of the Week and certainly not the last.
Hield scored 86 points in three games in the Diamond Head Classic, including a 34 point game in the championship against Harvard. He has now scored at least 25 points in five straight games and some may say he's in the lead right now for Player of the Year.
You can certainly make that case after this week after averaging 28.7 points per game and 6.7 rebounds. Hield was 21/22 from free throws and 13/22 from three point range. On the year, he's averaging 90 percent from the free throw line and 52.9 percent on three pointers. He's shooting at a ridiculously good rate but I'm not sure that means we are gonna see him regress in conference play. He's a very special player with the ball on offense and rarely takes bad shots.
His efficient shooting has helped Oklahoma stay undefeated, as they are just one of five division one basketball teams remaining. Their next game is January 2nd at home against Iowa State, which means the Sooners will stay undefeated heading into 2016. That is huge for a program that was struggling when Lon Kruger took over in 2011. A lot of that success has to do with Hield, a phenomenal player who's taken an even bigger step this year even after winning Big 12 Player of the Year last season.