Basketball fans in the Bahamas have been to the pinnacle of the sport before. They witnessed native son and former top pick in the NBA draft Mychal Thompson ( Father of Golden State Warrior Klay Thompson) win it all with the Los Angeles Lakers back in the 1980’s. As fate would have it another bahamian won championships with the Lakers a couple of decades later in Rick Fox. We can only hope the future will be as bright for current bahamian standout Buddy Hield. Hield right now is the most electrifying scorer in college basketball, and on Tuesday night he was Texas Pete hot against Texas Tech. Oklahoma — still the No. 1 team in the country despite losing last week at Iowa State — crushed the Red Raiders, 91-67, led by some highlight reel material from the native of Freeport, Bahamas.
Hield exploded for 30 points on only 12 shots from field by making 5-of-8 three-pointers and 7-of-8 free throws. In a performance that was so much fun to watch he did his best Steph Curry impersonation dialing up the long ball all night long , and there was no question he was in the zone against Texas Tech.
We have seen this before from Buddy Hield. Remember his monster performance against then number one Kansas a couple of weeks ago. As Curry is in the NBA, Hield is the show right now in college hoops. Plus his infectious smile and humbleness has won over the media and opposing fans alike. The sharp shooting kid from Pinedale, Eight Mile Rock has become an overnight sensation in Oklahoma where he is everyone’s favorite Buddy.
Last night marked the 7th time that Buddy Hield scored at least 30 points in a game. No other player has more than 2 such games. Every time Buddy puts on a show you can hear the cheers all the way from the Bahamas.