Duo joined by Eduardo Najera, Kevin Bookout and Aaron McGhee on first team.
Jan. 1, 2010
The fans have spoken, the votes have been counted and the OU men's basketball all-decade team is ready to be revealed. The squad is broken into a five-man first team and a five-man second team, without regard to positions. Fan voting was announced Dec. 18 on SoonerSports.com and conducted through Dec. 31.
The decade included eight NCAA Tournament appearances for the Sooners, a Final Four showing in 2002 and Elite Eight appearances in 2003 and 2009. A regular season Big 12 championship was won in 2005, and Big 12 Tournament titles were captured in 2001, 2002 and 2003.
Here are the first and second teams, with fan comments added for the first-teamers.
Blake Griffin, Forward, 2008-09Appeared on 99 percent of ballots
|| First Team
The 2009 consensus national player of the year ... OU's first winner of the Naismith Award, Wooden Award or Oscar Robertson Trophy ... Played two seasons before being selected No. 1 overall in the 2009 NBA Draft ... Finished OU career ranked first in field goal percentage (.618), second in career rebounds per game (11.8), third in double-doubles (40) and sixth in points per game (18.8) ... Set OU and Big 12 single-season records in 2008-09 for rebounds (504), rebounding average (14.4), field goal percentage (14.4) and double-doubles (30) ... Averaged 28.5 points and 15.0 rebounds in 2009 NCAA Tournament to lead Sooners to Elite Eight.
Kelsey Condley says: "This one is automatic. Anyone who doesn't vote for Blake should have their ballot revoked."
Joel Childers says: "What can I say about Blake? What is there to say that already hasn't been said? Absolutely dominant college player who will be dominant in the NBA and is nowhere close to reaching his ceiling."
Hollis Price, Guard, 2000-03
Appeared on 98 percent of ballots
A two-time first-team All-Big 12 selection ... Named AP Big 12 Player of the Year and a first-team All-American as a senior ... Ranks seventh in OU career scoring (1,821 points) ... Holds school records for free throw percentage in a season (.929) and a career (.861) ... Holds school postseason records for games played (12), minutes played (393) and 3-pointers (21) ... Won more games than any other Sooner (110) ... Led team to 2002 Final Four and 2003 Elite Eight.
Ryan McCullah says: "Maybe as beloved as any player in OU history. The heart and soul of Kelvin Sampson's greatest teams. Clutch, hard-nosed and a true Sooner."
Eduardo Najera, Forward, 2000
Appeared on 83 percent of ballots
Earned first-team All-Big 12 and third-team All-America honors as a senior ... Named the Chip Hilton National Player of the Year that season for excellence on and off the court ... Ranked second in the Big 12 in scoring (18.4 ppg) and rebounding (9.2 rpg) as a a senior when OU finished 27-7 overall and 12-4 in the Big 12 ... Selected 39th overall in the 2000 NBA Draft.
Kurt Kelley says: "Played with a tenacity matched by very few before him and none since. Left a major mark on the program that's still respected."
Kevin Bookout, Forward, 2003-06
Appeared on 49 percent of ballots
Ranks third in school history in career field goal percentage (.574), 15th in rebounds (682) and 28th in points (1,108) ... Started in 107 of his 108 career games (yielded as a freshman on senior day) ... Earned third-team All-Big 12 honors as a junior and honorable mentional acclaim as a senior ... Named to Big 12 All-Freshman Team in 2003 when OU advanced to Elite Eight ... A two-time first-team Academic All-Big 12 pick and a third-team Academic All-American as a senior ... Helped Sooners to 2005 Big 12 regular season title.
Joshua says: "A model student-athlete. Four years of hard work, toughness and leadership land him among the Sooner greats. Bookout was a bedrock, the foundation inside for every Sooner team he played for, physically and mentally."
Aaron McGhee, Forward, 2001-02
Appeared on 33 percent of ballots
Ranks 36th in OU career scoring (1,001 points) despite playing just two seasons ... Started all 69 of his games ... Named a first-team All-Big 12 selection as a senior when he averaged 16.0 points and 7.7 rebounds ... Helped Sooners to 2002 Final Four and averaged 21.8 points and 7.2 boards in team's five NCAA Tournament games ... Won Big 12 Tournament titles in both of his seasons ... Named to Big 12 All-Tournament Team his senior year.
Kelly Nix says: "One of the more overlooked players of the first part of the 2000s, his 2002 NCAA run was a huge part of the run to the Final Four that year. Played above his size with hard work and an uncanny ability to get to the hoop and score."
Willie Warren, Guard, 2009
|| Second Team
Appeared on 26 percent of ballots
The unanimous choice as the 2009 Big 12 Freshman of the Year ... A second-team All-Big 12 selection ... Averaged 14.6 points and 3.1 assists a game ... Set school freshman records for games started (34) and 3-pointers (67) ... His 525 points were second most by a true freshman in school history ... Helped OU to 30-6 record and to NCAA Tournament's Elite Eight.
----------Taj Gray, Forward, 2005-06
Appeared on 24 percent of ballots
Led Sooners in scoring, rebounding and blocks in each of his two seasons ... A first-team All-Big 12 selection and the league's newcomer of the year as a junior in 2005 when he averaged 14.6 points and 8.2 rebounds a game ... Led Sooners to 2005 regular season Big 12 title (12-4) and a 25-8 overall record ... Averaged 14.2 points and 7.7 boards as a senior ... Ranks fourth in school history with a .562 field goal percentage.
----------Quannas White, Guard, 2002-03Appeared on 21 percent of ballots
OU's starting point guard on its 2002 Final Four team and its 2003 Elite Eight squad ... Started 67 of his 70 career games and helped Sooners to combined 58-12 (.829) record ... Finished career with 308 assists and just 123 turnovers (2.5 ratio) ... Led Big 12 with his .455 3-point shooting mark as a senior (shot .519 in league games) ... Owns OU career record for 3-point percentage (.435) ... Named to 2002 NCAA Tournament All-West Region Team.
----------Austin Johnson, Guard, 2006-09
Appeared on 12 percent of ballots
Finished career ranked seventh in school history in games played (126) and 3-point field goal attempts (434), eighth in minutes played (3,381), ninth in 3-point field goals (144) and 10th in assists (367) and steals (133) ... Led OU in assists in each of his last three years ... Boasted a 2.0 career assist-to-turnover ratio ... Teams were 33-6 his last three seasons when he scored in double figures ... Averaged 8.6 points and 3.9 assists as a senior for 30-6 squad that advanced to Elite Eight.
----------Taylor Griffin, Forward, 2006-09
Appeared on 10 percent of ballots
Finished career ranked fifth in school history in games played (129) and 10th in blocked shots (98) ... Increased scoring average each season ... Averaged 9.6 points and 5.8 rebounds as a senior while shooting .536 from the field ... Played in three NCAA Tournaments and helped Sooners to 2009 Elite Eight ... Was the 48th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft.