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Blake Griffin Wins Oscar Robertson Trophy As USBWA Player of the Year
March 30, 2009
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Oklahoma sophomore sensation Blake Griffin had been considered the frontrunner for men's basketball national player of the year honors for most of the season and when voting came for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, members of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association left no doubt who their choice was for the best college player in the nation.

The 6-10, 251-pound Griffin was a unanimous choice by voters in all nine geographical districts of the USBWA to give the University of Oklahoma the school's first player of the year award winner. He was selected from a group of 15 finalists.

After leading the Sooners (30-6) into the NCAA South Regional Final before losing to North Carolina, Griffin finished the season averaging 22.7 points and 14.4 rebounds. He shot 65.4 percent from the field for the year.

During the season, Griffin led the Big 12 in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage while ranking fifth in blocked shots. He also averaged 2.3 assists, more than any other Big 12 player taller than 6-5. He was also fourth on the team with 39 steals.

Griffin set a Big 12 and OU single-season record with his 30 double-doubles and a Big 12 single-season mark with 504 rebounds. The Oklahoma City-native also had 15 games of at least 20 points and 15 rebounds this year, eclipsing the previous league record of seven.  He also recorded the only 40 point/20 rebound game in Big 12 history (career highs of 40 points and 23 rebounds Feb. 14 vs. Texas Tech).

The Oscar Robertson Trophy will be presented by Oscar Robertson on Friday, April 3 at the USBWA's annual awards breakfast at the downtown Detroit Athletic Club in conjunction with the Men's Final Four. The breakfast will also honor Kansas coach Bill Self, winner of the Henry Iba Award as the association's coach of the year, as well as the 1979 Michigan State national championship team that was led by Earvin "Magic" Johnson. Michigan State coach Tom Izzo will also receive the USBWA's Good Guy Award.

The Oscar Robertson Trophy is voted on by the entire membership of the association, which consists of nearly 800 journalists. It is the nation's oldest award and the only one named after a former player. The legendary Oscar Robertson was the USBWA's first player of the year in 1959. The USBWA renamed its player of the year award the Oscar Robertson Trophy in 1998.

For tickets to the USBWA Awards Breakfast, visit the USBWA website at www.usbwa.com.


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