- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 26, 2016

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Former Oklahoma basketball player Buddy Hield and OU softball player Paige Parker have been named the Big 12 men’s and women’s athletes of the year.

Hield ended his OU career by average 25 points and 5.7 rebounds per game as he helped the Sooners reach the NCAA Final Four. He was also named national player of the year by several organizations and was chosen the Big 12 Player of the Year for the second consecutive season.

The New Orleans Pelicans chose Hield with the No. 6 overall pick in June’s NBA Draft.

Parker is a sophomore pitcher who helped OU to the national championship. She tied a school record and led the nation with 38 wins. She had 14 shutouts and was 10-0 in 10 postseason starts for the Sooners.

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