Former Oklahoma Sooners and consensus national player of the year, Blake Griffin will return home for a jersey honoring ceremony to be held on March 1st. While Griffin watches his jersey being raised to the rafters, he'll become the fifth player to enjoy the honor at Lloyd Noble Center joining Wayman Tisdale, Alvan Adams, Mookie Blaylock, and Stacey King.
"I am proud and truly honored to be part of a long and storied Sooner history," Griffin said in a release. "My time at OU will always hold a special place in my heart and I am so grateful to the fans and the university for all of their support throughout my career." - vis NewsOK
During his sophomore season, the 6-10 forward averaged 22.7 points and 14.4 rebounds each outing turning heads and nabbing every national player of the year award. Most astounding may have been the 30 double-doubles recorded during the 2008-09 campaign, second to only David Robison. Yet, it hasn't been mentioned that Blake and his brother, Taylor, ran the strength and conditioning program as well. It's evident the drive and success on the collegiate level carried over into the NBA.
Throughout his young NBA career, Griffin has earned Rookie of the Year honors to go alongside five NBA All-Star appearances. The future remains bright for Blake but he'll always remember his Oklahoma roots dating back to his high school days.