Griffin Named AP All-American

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma

Nov. 3, 2008

NORMAN, Okla. - Two days before the 2008-09 University of Oklahoma men's basketball squad plays its first exhibition game, sophomore forward Blake Griffin was named to the five-man AP preseason All-America team Monday.

Griffin garnered 45 votes (out of 72) and was joined on the team by North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough (72 votes), Davidson's Stephen Curry (66 votes), Notre Dame's Luke Harangody (58 votes) and UCLA's Darren Collison (46 votes).

Griffin and Curry could potentially face each other on Tuesday, Nov. 18 in a second-round NIT Season Tip-Off contest at Lloyd Noble Center.

Arizona State's James Harden, with 25 votes, was the only other player named on more than nine ballots. 

The 6-10, 251-pound Griffin is Oklahoma's first preseason AP first-team All-American since Ryan Minor in 1995-96.

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Last year, Griffin led the Sooners to a 23-12 record and to the NCAA Tournament second round.  He averaged 14.7 points and 9.1 rebounds while shooting .568 from the floor.  He also registered 61 assists, 33 steals and 28 blocked shots as OU increased its win total by seven over 2006-07.

Known primarily for his scoring and rebounding ability, Griffin recorded at least three assists 11 times last year, marking the first time in school history a player standing at least 6-10 accomplished the feat.

He posted 10 double-doubles on the season and averaged 19.2 points and 13.9 boards in those outings.  His last seven double-doubles came against NCAA Tournament teams (averaged 20.3 and 14.7 in those contests).

Griffin and the 12th-ranked Sooners host Oklahoma Panhandle State on Wednesday at 7 p.m. CST.  They host Cameron on Saturday at noon in their second and final exhibition contest.

OU starts its regular season Friday, Nov. 14 against 2008 NCAA Tournament participant American at 7 p.m.

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