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Blake Griffin, Bill Self Garner Associated Press Honors
April 03, 2009

Oklahoma standout Blake Griffin and Kansas coach Bill Self have been honored as the Associated Press National Player and Coach of the Year, the organization announced. 

Griffin assembled one of the most productive seasons in Oklahoma history in leading the Sooners to a 30-6 record and a final No. 7 AP ranking.  The 6-10, 251-pound Oklahoma City native averaged 22.7 points, 14.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists while shooting .654 from the field.  His rebounds per game set OU and Big 12 Conference records, and represented the highest average by a Division I player since Tim Duncan's 14.7 for Wake Forest in 1996-97.
Griffin's field goal percentage also set Oklahoma and Big 12 marks, as did his 30 double-doubles on the year.  He received 66 AP votes from the 71-member national media panel that selects the weekly Top 25.
Self was named Coach of the Year after directing the Jayhawks to the Big 12 regular season crown.  He lost all five starters from the team that beat Memphis in the NCAA Championship game in 2008, leaving him to work with two veterans and eight newcomers.
The Jayhawks finished 27-8 and reached the round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament for the third straight season and 26th time overall, while winning at least a share of the Big 12 title for the fifth straight season with a 14-2 conference mark.
Self received 28 votes from the 71-member national media panel that selects the weekly Top 25, easily beating Jamie Dixon of Pittsburgh, who had 10.


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