Blake Griffin has been burning up the hardwood in Norman, Oklahoma for two seasons, and this week his hard work was recognized as he was awarded the Naismith Trophy. It’s one of the highest honors a college basketball player can receive, along with the Wooden Award he’s already earned. Think Heisman for basketball.
It’s the first time a University of Oklahoma player has received the Naismith, and it’s also the first time any college has received the Heisman and Naismith in the same academic year (Quarterback Sam Bradford in December 2008). The trophy shelf is definitely getting crowded, when you add the State Farm/National Association of Basketball Coaches player of the year award, his total tally for these honors is now up to ten. And Griffin is only a sophomore.
“I really don’t know what to say,” he said. “This has been an incredible past four days, and the Naismith award is the perfect way to cap off the trip.”
While the entire OU community and basketball coaches are rallying behind Griffin’s astonishing achievements, no one is getting too close. The sophomore is boasted to be the number one pick for the NBA draft in June. His formal announcement comes later this week, but Griffin will likely trade his final two years as a Sooner for a higher paying position as a professional basketball player.
Source: Tulsa World