With his college career complete, Oklahoma shooting guard Buddy Hield is starting to focus on the NBA draft, writes Adam Zagoria of SNY.tv. “I’m going to go chase my dreams,” Hield said today after the Sooners’ loss to Villanova in the Final Four. “Go play in the NBA and make the most of my opportunity.”
Hield has reportedly been rising on draft boards after a strong senior season that saw him emerge as a national Player of the Year candidate. He led Oklahoma to a 29-8 mark, averaging 25.4 points per game, and he was named Big 12 Player of the Year for a second straight season.
ESPN’s Chad Ford projects Hield as the sixth pick in his latest mock draft but says he could rise as high as No. 4 in a possible choice between him and Kentucky’s Jamal Murray. Ford doesn’t expect Hield to slide lower than seventh no matter how the draft order falls. DraftExpress ranks Hield seventh on its list of the top 100 prospects.