Hield re­turns, Davis leads the way in alumni game

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - SPORTS -

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.

Ryan Aber raber@ ok­la­homan.com


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