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Buddy Hield wins Oscar Robertson Trophy; Denzel Valentine runner-up

HOUSTON -- Buddy Hield, who led Oklahoma to its first Final Four in 14 years, has won the Oscar Robertson Trophy, presented by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association to the nation's top college player.

Hield received 144 votes in the nationwide balloting, and Denzel Valentine of Michigan State was the runner-up with 108 votes.

Robertson, the Hall of Famer who won this award three straight years while at the University of Cincinnati, presented Hield with the trophy on Friday at the Final Four.

Hield, a 6-foot-4 senior, averaged 25.4 points and 5.7 rebounds this season and shot 46.5 percent from 3-point range. He was named the Big 12 player of the year for the second straight season.

Hield was a close second to Valentine on Thursday for The Associated Press Player of the Year Award.