Oklahoma Sooners star 2-guard Buddy Hield had a forgettable performance in the Final Four last night, but will receive quite the nice consolation prize in the form of being named the Naismith College Player of the Year for 2016. Hield’s receiving the honor was announced on Oklahoma basketball’s official Twitter.
2016 Naismith Men's College Player of the Year!! pic.twitter.com/8rPOBLCRT8
— Oklahoma Basketball (@OU_MBBall) April 3, 2016
There’s no denying that Hield earned the award this year. He ranked second in the nation in scoring with 25 points per game while shooting 50 percent from the field and 46.5 percent from three-point range. In the NCAA Tournament, Hield averaged 25.2 points per game over five games while shooting 51 percent from the field and 39 percent from long range.
And the young man from the Bahamas is now in some pleasant company, as the Naismith Award has been handed out to a number of Hall of Fame players including David Robinson, Larry Bird and, among many others, Michael Jordan.
Needless to say, Hield’s draft stock just went back up after taking a small hit last night.
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