Thursday, January 14, 2016

Buddy Hield Named SportingNews Midseason Player of the Year

SportingNews has named Oklahoma senior guard Buddy Hield their Midseason Player of the Year.

From SportingNews..

If you want to know the most significant difference between Buddy Hield “very good player” and Buddy Hield “elite player”, check under the statistical column: free throw attempts. It’s all right there. For two years at Duke, J.J. Redick was a contributing player to high-caliber teams. Then he grew his game by adding the ability to attack defenses to his remarkable jumpshooting. And he became the Naismith Award winner in 2006.

Hield has made lots of improvements from when he earned Big 12 Player of the Year as a junior. But none is more dramatic or debilitating for defenses than skyrocketing from 3.7 free throw attempts per game to 6.5. He no longer is primarily a catch-and-shoot guy. He is better at that than anyone, and much better than he’d been – from 35.9 percent on 3-pointers last season to 52 percent this year – but now he also gets deep into defenses, gets fouled and goes to the line. Oh, and he makes his foul shots. Nearly every one: 90.1 percent.

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