Blake Griffin, former Oklahoma star and current power forward for the Los Angeles Clippers, announced that he will be the donor of the largest gift from a former basketball player in OU history. His donation will be used to fund the planned High Performance Center addition to the Lloyd Noble Center. Griffin, Buddy Hield, and other Sooner greats were in town over the weekend for the OU Alumni game.
Neither OU nor Blake Griffin have detailed the exact size of the donation.
The High Performance Center will be a 16,000-square-foot addition to the Lloyd Noble Center. The High Performance Center will be constructed on the south side of the existing practice facilities at the LNC. It will house strength-training facilities available for all athletics, not just the men’s and women’s basketball teams.
"I'm really happy to do this,” Griffin said. “This is a special project and one my family and I wanted to significantly be a part of. I grew so much as a person and as a basketball player at OU. The High Performance Center will help our current and future players realize their collegiate potential while they're Sooners. Additionally, I look forward to utilizing the state-of-art center when I'm in Norman.”
The project was already approved by the Oklahoma Board of Regents in 2015, but Griffin’s gift will afford the university additional enhancements, including the merging of the strength and performance assessment centers.
The Lloyd Noble Center and basketball facilities were in great need of renovation, especially relative to other state-of-the-art facilities in the Big 12, like Kansas and Texas. Hopefully, Griffin’s gift will allow the next Blake or Buddy (Trae Young?) to emerge, ahem, sooner rather than later.