Buddy Hield returning for senior season at OU

Junior guard announces he'll come back to the Sooners after Sweet 16 run

Oklahoma high-scoring guard Buddy Hield announced Friday that he will return to the Sooners for his final season and not enter the NBA Draft.

Last year, Hield averaged 17.4 points to lead the Big 12 Conference while becoming the first player in conference history to win player of the year, the league scoring title and be named to the All-Academic team.

He led the conference in made 3-pointers.

Hield led Oklahoma to the Sweet 16 this season, winning his first Big 12 Tournament game and his first NCAA Tournament game in the process and was generally considered to be a late-first round or early-second round selection in the NBA Draft, which will take place on June 25.

The three-star guard out of Bel Aire (Kan.) Sunrise Christian Academy, Hield was an instant factor of the bench as a freshman, providing energy and enthusiasm, before developing into a stronger scorer as a sophomore and an elite player as a junior.

Hield’s return gives Oklahoma plenty of talent on a rotation that could go more than 10 deep.

Even with four players poised to come off the bench who have never played in a Division I collegiate game, the Sooners will still be much deeper than last season, when Hield was counted on to produce much of the work while playing the fourth-most minutes in the Big 12 Conference.

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