Buddy Hield was one of college basketball’s most electrifying players last season. The Oklahoma standout, who hails from the Bahamas, averaged 25 points, 5.7 rebounds, two assists, and shot a staggering 50% from the field and 45.7% from three. He was, arguably, the best player in the NCAA and was selected as the 2015-16 Naismith College Player of the Year, along with being a first-team All-American.
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His decision to stay at school for the fourth year boosted his draft stock immensely, and many mock drafts have him inside the top-10. According to The Vertical’s Nick DePaul, the potential lottery pick has signed a multi-year shoe and apparel endorsement with Nike, who also signed Austrailian phenom Ben Simmons recently.
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Along with Hield and Simmons, Nike is looking to sign a couple of potential lottery picks before the June 23 draft and is ready to do battle with Adidas, who have been more active and offered more prospects than previous years, according to DePaul.
Hield is rated number three on TBN’s top-10 prospects board.