April 26, 2011

Huskers offer 2012 shooting guard Hield

Nebraska still has one available scholarship remaining for its 2011 recruiting class, but that doesn't mean the coaching staff hasn't already started looking to fill next year's class as well.

HuskerOnline.com confirmed that the Huskers have already extended an official offer to three-star 2012 shooting guard Buddy Hield from Sunrise Christian Academy in Bel Aire, Kan.

"Nebraska's coaches came down for one day last week to watch me scrimmage and they offered me that day on the spot," Hield said.

At 6-3, 175, Hield has already gained some significant attention from programs across the country, primarily because of his long frame and natural shooting ability and quick trigger from the perimeter.

Hield said he wasn't sure how many other official offers he has at this point, saying Sunrise Christian head coach Kyle Lindsted has been handling the majority of the contact with schools.

However, he said he's already received heavy interest from the likes of Marquette, Texas A&M, Boston College, Colorado, Wichita State, Missouri and Clemson.

"Buzz Williams from Marquette loves Buddy," Lindsted told Rivals.com last fall. "Just about everybody who comes in and has seen him loves him. They are just all kind of sliding their feet in the door."

What makes Hield even more intriguing is his success at Sunrise Christian - a program on the rise to prominence on the high school basketball scene - despite his lack of experience playing against American competition. Hield moved to Kansas from the Bahamas last August, saying he wanted to both seek a better education and to improve his overall game.

In the Bahamas, Hield played on the U-16 National Team that won the 2010 Caribbean Basketball Confederation Championship last summer.

Last season, Hield played along side notable 2011 prospects Eric Katenda and Gabriel Olaseni. On Tuesday, Katenda committed to Notre Dame and Olaseni committed to Iowa.

While many coaches and scouts have raved about his 3-point shooting, Hield said he likes to think of himself more as a combo guard than simply a catch-and-shoot player. After another year leading the way for Sunrise Christian next season, he said he'd be able to show just how versatile he can be.

"I like to mix it up, but 3-point shooting is definitely a strength," Hield said. "I can hit the 3-point shot or I can take it inside and finish."

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