Hield wins ESPY for Best Male College Athlete
The awards continue to roll in for Chavanno “Buddy” Hield. The New Orleans Pelicans shooting guard won the ESPY Award for Best Male College Athlete on Wednesday night at ESPN’s annual awards ceremony. The category was announced after the television broadcast ended.
Hield was unable to attend the ceremony due to the fact that he had a National Basketball Association (NBA) Summer League game against the Miami Heat the same day at the same time. The former Oklahoma Sooners standout was nominated for the award following a senior season in which he led the Sooners to the NCAA Final Four and was awarded the 2016 Wooden, Naismith and the Oscar Robertson trophies for the best player in men’s college basketball in the United States.
Hield left college as the Big 12’s all-time leading scorer and the Sooners second best score of all-time. He ended his career as the two-time Big 12 Player of the Year.
In his final year in college, Hield averaged 25 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.
Other nominees for the award on Wednesday night were Derrick Henry from Alabama (football), Jordan Morris from Stanford (soccer), Jarrion Lawson from Arkansas (track and field – won the 100, 200, and long jump national titles), and Alex Dieringer from Oklahoma State (wrestling – won his third consecutive national title).
Hield, a 6’4” wingman, was drafted with sixth overall pick in the first round of this year’s NBA Draft by the Pelicans.
In the game that he missed the awards for, against the Heat, Hield put up 16 points on 5-for-17 shooting. He also handed out five assists and pulled down five rebounds. The Pelicans will wrap up their time in summer league action in Las Vegas, Nevada today when they take on the NBA Development League select team.
Through four games in Las Vegas, Hield is averaging 18 points and just over five rebounds per game. Although he struggled with his shot in their first game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Hield found a groove in the next two and has seemed to adjust to the fast-paced style of the NBA.
The Pelicans hope that Hield can immediately step in and fill the void in their roster left by the departure of former starting shooting guard Eric Gordon. They view Hield as someone who can space the floor for current superstar power forward Anthony Davis.