Oklahoma Sooners guard Buddy Hield was selected with the sixth overall pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft by the New Orleans Pelicans.
Hield was the consensus national player of the year as a senior while leading Oklahoma to the Final Four. Hield averaged 25 points, 5.7 rebounds and two assists per game this year at Oklahoma after he chose to return to school for his final season. Hield shot 50 percent from the field and 45.7 percent from behind the 3-point arc in his last season.
Hield ranks first in Oklahoma history in 3-pointers made and attempted while being named to the All-Big 12 First Team twice in his career.
He finished his collegiate career as the Big 12 Conference’s second-leading scorer and ranks second in Oklahoma history with 2,291 career points. He was a two-time Big 12 Conference Player of the Year – only the second player in league history to win the award twice. Hield won the Wooden Award, Naismith Trophy and Oscar Robertson Trophy as a senior.
With the Pelicans, Hield joins a crowded backcourt that includes Jrue Holliday and Tyreke Evans. New Orleans may or may not bring back Eric Gordon. But Hield will pair with Anthony Davis. He has a chance to be in the Pelicans' starting lineup immediately.
Hield was projected any where from the third overall pick to the eight overall pick but was considered a guaranteed top-10 pick even before the NBA Draft.