Hield returns, Davis leads the way in alumni game
After the Crimson team finished off a 91-80 win in the Legends Alumni Game on Saturday afternoon at Lloyd Noble Center, Oklahoma’s recent past and its hope for the future sat down next to each other on the floor.
Buddy Hield, who coached the Crimson team to the win, found a spot next to five-star freshman Trae Young.
Young and Hield spent plenty of time together this summer, and Hield often returned to spend time in Norman working out with the team.
“Trae Young is great,” Hield said. “Christian James looks way better, Khadeem (Lattin), Jamuni (McNeace). They’ve just got to keep going and I have confidence that they’ll turn this thing around.”
Hield has made it a point to return to the event since leading Oklahoma to the 2016 Final Four as a senior.
“I’m glad to be back here,” Hield said. “My schedule was free and I was able to come again.”
Young showed off his promise during the Sooners’ recent trip to Australia and New Zealand, averaging a team-high 22.3 points in four games.
“I feel like this team is really together on and off the court,” Young said. “When you’re so close off the court, it translates on the court. It’s definitely good for us.”
The on-court star of the night was Cade Davis, who scored an alumnigame record 43 points, hitting 3-pointer after 3-pointer to give Hield’s Crimson squad the win.
“I can still shoot it in here, obviously, so that’s good,” Davis said. “They haven’t changed the height of the goal.”
Davis, who leaves Sunday to play professionally in Cyprus, finished with 11 3-pointers.
“It’s just a fun weekend to come back and enjoy memories and the program that built us all up,” Davis said.
Since his Sooners career ended in 2011, Davis has played overseas.
“It’s life-changing to see some of the things that I thought I’d never get to see, go places I thought I’d never travel to, culture-wise.
“You get to see a lot of good that’s in the world. A lot of the negativity you see on TV, you get out there and experience it for yourselves, you’ll see that there’s a lot of good people out there.”
Eduardo Najera added 15 points and 21 rebounds while Michael Neal added 19 points for the winners.
“It’s better coaching and winning than coaching and losing,” said Hield, whose team lost to the Blake Griffin-led team last year.
Tyler Neal led the Cream with 27 points. Chris Black added 24 points.
Bill Dutcher (left) speaks with Buddy Hield during the annual Legends Alumni Game at Lloyd Noble Center on Saturday.