Former Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield was selected sixth overall by the New Orleans Pelicans in Thursday’s NBA Draft.
Hield won the 2016 Wooden Award, Naismith Trophy and Oscar Robertson Trophy, becoming OU’s first consensus player of the year since Griffin in 2009. He was declared a first team All-American by the Associated Press, U.S. Basketball Writers Association, National Association of Basketball Coaches and Sporting News.
He is the Sooners’ highest NBA selection since Blake Griffin was taken first overall by the Los Angeles Clippers in 2009.
Hield, the conference’s all-time leading scorer, was named Big 12 Player of the Year for the second consecutive season in 2016, as well.
In his senior year, Hield averaged 25.0 points (2nd in the country), and 5.7 rebounds per game. He finished his collegiate career ranked second in OU history in points (2,291) and first in three-pointers made (349) and attempted (894).
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