Buddy Hield

Buddy Hield's story is a great one: Long before the Sooners star was leading his team into the Final Four, Hield was just another kid growing up poor in The Bahamas.

At the time, Hield didn't have access to a local basketball hoop. So he made his own and propped it up using cinder blocks outside his house.

ESPN's Jeff Goodman is on assignment in The Bahamas right now, and he stumbled upon the artifact of legend: One of Hield's hoops is still intact, years after he built it.


Hield eventually moved to Wichita, Kansas, to attend school and play basketball for Sunrise Christian Academy, which helped him earn a scholarship from Oklahoma.

But Hield's story is proof to any kid whining that he doesn't have the newest basketball shoes or the best equipment. Buddy Hield used a milk crate for a basketball rim, and look where he is now.

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