On the Bus with...Buddy Hield and Garth Brown

by: Buster Laing, Special to The FN

Buddy Hield, 6'4 Guard 205 lb, University of Oklahoma
Former Jack Hayward High basketball standout Buddy Hield suffered a broken bone in his foot back on February 11 during the Sooners’ win against TCU.  
At the time, Hield was expected to miss up to six weeks, but was adamant just days after the injury that he would be back much sooner than the expected time frame.  
It would appear Hield has done just that.
Prior to his injury, Hield was arguably Oklahoma’s best defender and had also played his way into the starting lineup.
In 27 games last year, Hield averaged 7.8 points per game and 4.2 rebounds while shooting .833 from the free throw line.

Garth Brown, 6'3'', 190 lb, Lamar State College, Texas. 
In his freshman year former Tabernacle Baptist Academy Falcons’ Garth Brown played in 21 games and averaged 1.1 points per game and 1.0 rebounds.
The Freeport News took a ride on the Bus with both of these college players and during the trip, got some insight on what life’s like for them adjusting to college and playing in the big leagues.

Buster Laing: Biggest adjustment you had to make moving from The Bahamas to Oklahoma

Buddy Hield: Adjusting to the culture. You try to make new friends and try to get everyone to like you and there’s no mommy or daddy around so you have to adjust to being a man at a young age. 

Garth Brown: I just had to adjust to really living on my own, more chores and washing clothes.  Getting to know different people from different areas and just getting to know the school and the new coaches. 

BL: The Food and other cultural differences?

BH: The food is a major difference, we’re not used to grill foods; here at home mummy would cook something and we’re straight…. We have different styles too; how everyone dresses, we adopted their culture. 
you just have to try adjusting and talking like them so they understand you…I’m a chicken man so I probably would eat Kings or KFC.  Saturday it’s Waffle House or IHOP.

GB: The different things I eat like Conch Salad and fish you can’t get that over there.  I eat fast food over there like chicken and Wendy’s. So when I’m home I take advantage of my conch and fish.

BL: Typical Day regimen  at college:

BH: Sometimes we would wake up at 5:30 -6:30 and eat breakfast.  School runs from 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and practice at 5:00 p.m. and after that you would try to eat again and then go home and do homework… So you have to be focused, if you aren’t it will be rough in college.

GB: I wake up at 6:30 every morning and try to be to school at 7:30 a.m.  You eat and have to be on time for class. Sometimes we probably finish like 12:30 or 1:00.  
Then I go to the gym and put in some time, lift some weights and just get ready for the game at 12:00. 
But, if we’re on the road sometimes we just go on the road from 9:00 and we’re on the road for five hours, if we go downstate. 
So you have to be focused from the night before.

BL: What is Game Day like?

BH: The first game all the cameras watch you and everything doesn’t seem so real. 
You have to get adjusted to the game and when you make your first basket and the crowd just goes crazy…It’s more physical. 
 In your mind you’re saying ‘I’m gonna do this and that’ but, it’s not like that. Everything’s more organized with the sets and getting your mind right before the game.

BL: Most memorable moment?

GB: The most important thing to me is probably my first college game. 
It was probably a good thing that I was kind of nervous because I didn’t know what to expect, but you just have to go out there and play.  
Also, probably the last game of the season is the best because I got the last dunk in our gym so, I probably was excited about that too.
BL: What about Summer workout?

BH: I have to compete as hard as I can, increase my numbers and performance and give 110 percent more than I gave last year. 
Hopefully, I’ll be injury free and keep working hard…When I go back I just will be more of a consistent shooter and work on my mid-range game and be smarter on the court and maybe even be a point guard.

GB: Getting stronger, more physical and faster for college. 
In High school sometimes you just did what you wanted but, college isn’t like that.  
You have to work on those things at a higher level because everyone’s trying to get to the same place so you have to be on top of your game.  
I still have a year left for Junior College, so I have to play ball. I’m a Sophomore I just have to play the best I could and try and play better than everyone else to get into a Division I school.  
I’ll work on my ball handling and shooting from the perimeter…I have to have more confidence in my shot.

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