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Power take: Oklahoma’s Hield is the best Final Four feel-good story

If you’re looking for a fun-loving person who is affectionate, enjoys walks on the beach and knows how to have a good time, you need not scour dating services. Watch the Final Four and allow Buddy Hield to introduce himself.

Hield was the best player in the country and the best story. The senior guard was born and raised in the Bahamas, grew up shooting on milk crates nailed to a telephone pole and turned himself into a two-time Big 12 Player of the Year. He’s the favorite to win the Wooden Award as the best player in the nation.

It’s not how well he performs, but how he plays, that draws people near. Hield plays like a hungry kid who shot hundreds of baskets per day because he didn’t know how to stop. He practiced so much at Oklahoma that coaches feared he wouldn’t have enough energy for games.

Behind the infectious smile is an assassin who had 37 points against Oregon in the Elite Eight. He was so good in a 46-point effort in a road loss to Kansas that Jayhawks fans gave him a standing ovation. You’ll fall in love with him, too. Just watch.

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