Blake Griffin was a consensus National Player of the Year at Oklahoma, the school’s first No. 1 overall NBA Draft pick and on March 1, his jersey will be honored as part of the festivities for the Sooners’ final home game against Baylor.
Griffin’s No. 23 will be honored in the Lloyd Noble Center, along with a rock-solid senior class that includes starters Isaiah Cousins, Ryan Spangler and current National Player of the Year candidate Buddy Hield.
“I am proud and truly honored to be part of a long and storied Sooner history,” Griffin said. “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.”
Griffin was a machine during that 2008-09 season. He averaged 22.7 points per game, 14.4 rebounds per game and his 30 double-doubles were good for the second-highest single-season total in NCAA history.
Griffin, along with brother Taylor Griffin and then-head coach Jeff Capel, led the Sooners to a 30-win season and an Elite Eight appearance, losing to the eventual champion North Carolina Tar Heels.
“Blake is a huge part of Sooner basketball history and we’re elated to welcome him back and honor him on a night that fits his busy schedule,” Oklahoma head coach Lon Kruger said. “He was and continues to be a great ambassador of our university and program. It will be an outstanding evening at the Lloyd Noble Center for our team and fans.”
The way things are going this year for Buddy Hield and the Sooners, we could see a former player of the year from OU honored alongside the eventual player of the year on March 1 in Norman.