NASSAU, BAHAMAS- It was an emotional homecoming for Buddy Hield over the weekend as the Sacramento Kings shooting guard was honored by his former high school for his contributions toward its basketball program.
The Sunrise Christian Academy Buffaloes retired Hield’s No.24 jersey at a ceremony to conclude its “Sunrise Madness” event in Wichita, Kansas.
Addressing the team’s current players and coaching staff, Hield said that the program played a vital role in his journey and that he considers it as a second home.
“Who would have thought 10 years later I’d come back to Sunrise and get my jersey retired. Sounds crazy but it’s a blessing to be here,” Hield said. “Thank you to coach Kyle, coach [Robert] Linstead, Luke [Barnwell] you know the whole Sunrise family. Without them none of this is possible. It’s home. Every time I come in it’s always home. There’s great blessings.
“If I had to do it all over again, I would come back here,” Hield said. “We all have a different story – rich, poor, black, white, it doesn’t matter…use that as motivation.”
Following his time with the Jack Hayward Wildcats in Grand Bahama, Hield played for the Buffaloes from 2011-2013 before spending his NCAA career with the Oklahoma Sooners.