Sunday, July 17, 2011

Buddy Hield Turning Heads

One of the elite scorers in the Midwest this recruiting season is Buddy Hield (Sunrise Christian Academy, KS). At 6-foot-4, Hield is a versatile scoring threat who has really made a name for himself this July.

Coming into July, Hield held one major offer and wasn't getting that many looks from big-time schools. "Nebraska was my only [high major] offer coming into July," he said. "I blew up when I showcased what I could really do."

"Blow up" is an understatement. His recruitment has completely taken off.

"It was great to show off my skills and show that I can compete at any level with the best on the court," he said.

"I just got to continue being consistent with playing hard and being competitive the whole game cause coaches like consistent players."

Since his play during the first part of the evaluation period, Hield said he has offers from Colorado, Oklahoma, Oregon State,  Texas A&M, Utah and Wichita State. He is also picking up interest from Baylor, DePaul, Kansas and Marquette.

"A lot of schools are still coming in," he said. "My recruiting is still open until around September 1st."

Early September is when Hield plans to narrow his list of schools down to possibly five and continue from there. His aim now is just to stay consistent and continue showing coaches he's the real deal.

He believes his best trait is shooting the basketball and some scouts wouldn't disagree. His feel for the offensive game is off the charts and his scoring ability is up-to-par with what most coaches are looking for in a two guard.

Outside of basketball, Hield said he currently hold as 3.8 GPA in school and said his schoolwork is just as important as basketball.

His mindset, skills and determination has student-athlete written all over it.

Hield is an intriguing prospect and as the evaluation period continues, you have to believe more college programs will take interest. He's schedule to play in the Adidas Super 64 Showcase in Las Vegas during the next evaluation period and that is sure to attract high-major coaches.

Conner Frankamp commits to KU

Conner Frankamp (Wichita North, KS) knew all along what schools he wanted to attend and committed early. The 6-foot guard from Wichita, KS picked up an offer from Kansas and accepted it a day after his birthday.

Frankamp is considered one of the top guards in the class of 2013 and helped the USA team win gold this summer. His sophomore season in high school, Frankamp averaged 27.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.2 assist.