2 when he scores his fourth point against Villanova.The astounding numbers and the national Player of the Year honors are swell, but they only tell half the story when it comes to Buy NBA 2K18 MT why Buddy Hield has become such a treasure that college hoops fans will hate to let go of whenever Oklahoma's postseason run comes to an end. You see, Hield has become the rarest of modern day rarities: a must-see college basketball star who the world has had the opportunity to see for a full four seasons.The notion that college basketball has a "star power problem" isn't exactly a contemporary one. While the one-and-done era has gifted us with the opportunity to see the likes of Kevin Durant and Anthony Davis partake in March Madness, it's also created a less enviable phenomenon where those players are gone from the college game just weeks after the casual fan gets to the point where they can recognize those stars out of uniform.In the one-and-done era -- which is about to turn


one decade old -- only three first-team Associated Press All-Americans (Tyler Hansbrough, Jared Sullinger and Doug McDermott) have returned to college basketball for another season after receiving their honors. The constant turnover has created a situation where sports fans who are engrossed in football until after the Super Bowl are wowed by the abilities and personalities of college basketball's top talents for a total of 7-8 weeks before those players are gone from the game forever. These days, being a senior college basketball star comes with almost as many questions as it does accolades.Should he have turned pro last year? If he's so good, what is he still doing here? How do you think his age will affect his draft stock? Hasn't he been there since, like, 199


7? Even with freshman star Brandon Ingram putting up Buy NBA Live Coins sparkling numbers for defending national champion Duke, and even with ESPN shoving future millionaire Ben Simmons down our throat at every conceivable moment, it's been a 22-year-old from the Bahamas who has been unquestionably the most captivating individual performer for the past four months. Some have described Hield's 2015-16 campaign as some variation of a "meteoric rise to stardom," which is more than a bit misleading.Hield was actually one of the best players in college basketball last season, when he averaged17.4 points points per game and was named both the Big 12 Player of the Year and a third team Associated Press All-American. After admitting that he had been leaning toward turning pro, Hield


made the surprising announcement in late April that he would be returning for his senior season.The decision surprised most basketball junkies, but not because Hield was a major conference player of the year certain to be selected at some point in the NBA Draft's opening round. The reality is, most draft experts saw the Sooner star as a player who would more than likely still be around for a team to select in the second round.The surprise over this particular decision to return was due to mainly to the fact that professional scouts saw a player who had already hit his ceiling and had nowhere else to go. Hield was a scorer, sure, but he was a scorer who could only put the ball in the basket one way: jump shots from the perimeter.''It's kind of embarrassing for me, because I'm always in the gym, but I never really work on my ball handling,'' Hield said when he announced his decision to delay his NBA dream for another year. ''I always work on my shooting. I need to accept the challenge and work on things I need to get better at. I'm ready to make that next jump in my game.''Fans of basketball at both the


professional and college level hear this sort of thing from dozens of players from late March through early May. While these offseason promises do sometimes result in a noticeable skill-set improvement by the player in question, the difference is rarely enough to change the NBA hopeful's draft stock considerably.Could Hield improve his ball-handling enough to be a more versatile scoring threat in Big 12 play? Perhaps, but this was a junior going into his senior season of college basketball. Any improvement in that area was likely to be minuscule when it came to Hield's player of the year hopes and negligible as far as his draft stock was concerned. Old dogs, new tricks, and all of that.The only ones who sidestepped this common thought were the ones who knew Hield well enough to know that if improvement was even remotely possible, Buddy would find a way.To those who know him best, Hield's work ethic was legendary long before he was a household name on the verge of carrying Oklahoma to its first national championship. Allow this chunk of an August 2015 storyfrom Sam Vecenie to paint the picture.