MBB: OU's Buddy Hield Named AP Preseason First-Team All-American

Oklahoma senior guard Buddy Hield, the Big 12's Player of the Year a season ago, was picked for The Associated Press preseason All-American team announced Monday.

Hield averaged 17.5 points and 5.5 rebounds last season, helping the Sooners to the Sweet 16.

He contemplated entering the NBA Draft after the year but decided to return, both to improve his potential draft stock and take the chance on helping the Sooners advance further in the NCAA Tournament.

"I think he's improved since March, I really do," OU coach Lon Kruger said recently. "The way he carries himself, his presence, that expectation of lining up and doing even better, Buddy has that for himself. I think the other players and coaches have seen that in Buddy." (The Oklahoman)

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