Oklahoma held its men’s basketball banquet recently, with Blake Griffin — who else? — taking home a team-high four honors. Griffin, the unanimous National Player of the Year, won the Wayman Tisdale Most Valuable Player Award among his haul. He and seniors Taylor Griffin, Austin Johnson and Omar Leary were all featured in personal video presentations. "This is a night to celebrate our three seniors,” OU coach Jeff Capel told the crowd, "but we’re also here to pay tribute to a player who had one of the best seasons in the history of college basketball.” The award winners: →Brent Price Connection the Community Award: Blake Griffin. →Roy Marler/Hollis Price Most Inspirational Award: Beau Gerber. →Eduardo Najera Award for Intensity and Toughness: Tony Crocker. →Mookie Blaylock Outstanding Defensive Player Award: Taylor Griffin. →Stacey King Award for Team Leadership: Taylor Griffin. →Harvey Grant Award for Commitment and Overall Improvement: Orlando Allen. →Darryl "Choo” Kennedy Leading Rebounder Award: Blake Griffin. →Terry Evans Assists Leader Award: Austin Johnson. →Alvan Adams Award for Academic Excellence: Beau Gerber. →Tim McCallister Iron Man Award for Most Minutes: Blake Griffin. →Wayman Tisdale Most Valuable Player Award: Blake Griffin. →Senior Appreciation Award: Taylor Griffin, Austin Johnson and Omar Leary.
GRIFFINS MAKE PLANSMapping their future, Blake and Taylor Griffin are taking measured steps toward careers in professional basketball. Both have signed with Sam Goldfeder and Jeff Schwartz of Los Angeles-based Excel Sports Management. Among Excel Sports’ clients are Jason Kidd, Paul Pierce, Jerryd Bayless, Kevin Love and Emeka Okafor. The Griffins have been in San Francisco working under Frank Matrisciano, the trainer who had the Griffins enduring intense workouts last summer. The NBA Draft Combine, set for May 27-31, is also on tap for the brothers.