Oklahoma junior shooting guard Buddy Hield is joining five other Big 12 basketball players who have been invited to take part in the LeBron James Skills Academy, which runs through Saturday in Las Vegas.
Hield is one of 30 top collegiate players and 80 top players from the high schools ranks who are participating in the four-day training and skills session.
The 6-4 guard attended a skills academy sponsored by former Texas Longhorn star Kevin Durant in Washington, D.C., two weeks ago, and told the Oklahoma City Oklahoman, that he was hoping his performance at Durant’s Skills Academy would help him earn an invite to the LeBron James event. Apparently, it worked out just as Hield had hoped
Hield said his performance at KD’s Academy in Washington, D.C., helped him to see how he stacked up against top college wing players. “I think I stacked up pretty well,” Hield said in a release issued by the University of Oklahoma.
He will see some familiar faces at the LeBron James Academy. Junior Perry Ellis and freshman Kelly Oubre of Kansas, Georges Niang of Iowa State, Kansas State sophomore Marcus Foster and Juwan Staten of West Virginia were also invited to attend.
Hield said he learned a lot from Kevin Durant, who doesn’t perform all that far away from Norman as an NBA All-Star for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Said Hield, in an interview with Oklahoman writer Ryan Aber: “You know, we miss two or three shots in a row and we get mad at ourselves. IKD misses two or three, he doesn’t get down on himself. He knows he’s making the next one. He’s poised and relaxed, and that’s one reason he’s the MVP.”
Hield averaged 16.3 points per game last season, and his 63 three-pointers in conference play led the Big 12.
At the Lebron James Academy, the participants will engage in four days of skills competition and also five-on-five games.