It's been a wild and furious weekend for Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield. His tip in on Saturday, with less than a second remaining, helped the Sooners knock off the Kansas Jayhawks and led to him being carried off the floor. On Sunday afternoon he was recognized by the Big 12 coaches as the conference Player of the Year.
Buddy led the conference in scoring at 18.5 points per game and also led the Big 12 in three-pointers per game at 2.6. "Thank God for my teammates," Heild said. "They got me the ball in great position to score all year. They brought the best out in me and push me in practice every day. They inspire me with how hard they work. They make me compete hard. All of them have played a special part in this award. I'd also like to thank our coaches; Coach Kruger and all the assistants. Those guys all keep pushing us and are there for us. They're like second fathers to me."
Hield joins Hollis Price (2003) and Blake Griffin (2009) as the third Sooner to win the award. While he was the only OU player to earn First Team All-Conference honors, he was joined by teammate TaShawn Thomas in receiving an award from the Big 12. Thomas, who was placed on the third-team, was named as the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year after averaging 11.1 points and 6.2 rebounds.