Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Griffin, a decorated player since high school, is expected to share time behind Al Thornton and Zack Randolph

By Anthony Caruso III

Blake Griffin has been one of the top baseball players for many years. He helped Oklahoma Christian School, where his father is the head coach, to four straight State Championships. He won many accolades throughout his sophomore to senior year. He also played in the McDonald’s All-American game in his senior year in Louisville, Kentucky. He also won the slam dunk contest, too.

Griffin would move on to the University of Oklahoma, where he would play college basketball with his older brother, Taylor. He averaged 14.7 points and 9.1 rebounds during his freshman year and helped the Sooners to a 23-12 record. He averaged a team-high 22.7 points and 14.4 rebounds and helped the Sooners to a 30-6 record.

Griffin would help guide the Sooners to the Elite Eight on the 2009 NCAA March Madness tournament. They would lose 72-60 to eventual Championships, North Carolina, in the game. This would be Griffin’s last collegiate game, before entering into the NBA draft.

Griffin won the Associated Press Player of the Year Award this season. He also won the John Wooden Award, the Naismith Award, and the Sporting News Player of the Year. He combined with Sam Bradford, who won the Heisman Trophy, to give Oklahoma the top players in college football and college basketball. Oklahoma is just the second school to do this.

UCLA did this in 1968 when Gary Began won the Heisman and Lew Alcindor (now Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) won the USBWA Player of the Year Award.

Griffin is expected to be the No. 1 overall pick by the Los Angeles Clippers in the next few weeks. He is expected to share time with Al Thornton at the small forward position. Griffin may see some time at the power forward position backing up Zack Randolph.

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