Griffin Named Player of the Week

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma

Nov. 18, 2008

IRVING, Texas - Oklahoma's Blake Griffin and Nebraska's Toney McCray  were named the first Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Player and Rookie of the Week, respectively, for the 2008-09 season in Monday voting by a panel of media covering the conference.  It is the fourth career weekly honor (three player, one rookie) for Griffin and the first for McCray. 

Griffin posted his 11th career double-double with 24 points and 18 rebounds in the Sooners' 83-54 victory over American.  The 6-10, 251-pound sophomore forward connected on 9-of-11 (.818) field goals, including his first career 3-pointer.  His rebound total was the highest by a Sooner since the 2001-02 season and included 16 defensive boards -- three fewer than the entire American team. 

Griffin, the Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year, also recorded one assist, one block and one steal without committing a turnover. 

McCray, a 6-6, 205-pound freshman guard, played in his first game for Nebraska after redshirting last season and helped the Cornhuskers to a 63-46 win over San Jose State.  He finished with 17 points and nine rebounds, both game highs.  He was 6-of-15 (.400) from the floor and made 5-of-8 attempts from the charity stripe.  He also had one block and one steal in 23 minutes of action.