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March Madness '09 Watchlist: Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin in Pre-Season NIT - Semifinals
Blake Griffin #23 of the Oklahoma Sooners and Terrence Roderick #3 of the UAB Blazers battle for the ball during the pre-season NIT at Madison Square Garden November 26, 2008 in New York City. (Getty Images)more pics » Career Stats Height
6'10''

Weight
251 lbs.

Per Game Averages:
Points - 18.2
Assists - 2.1
Rebounds - 11.5
Free Throw Percentage - 58.9%


Blake Griffin is a sophomore power forward for the Oklahoma Sooners.

Nickname: Blake the Great

Strengths:

A versatile player who's not afraid to grab a defensive rebound and move the ball up court. His speed and intensity make him hard to stop and his aggressive game makes him reliable around the basket.

Weaknesses:
He's not horrible, but he could use a little work on his free throws and turnovers. But, there's still time, he's only 19.

Why to Watch:
There's a reason Grifin is Oklahoma's star player. Last season he led the Sooners to a 23-12 record and was named to the Big 12 Conference First Team and also the All Rookie First Team. With his size and aggression on the court, the Sophomore forward has undoubtedly helped bring the Sooners to the No. 2 spot in the polls this season.

Griffin recently had one of his best career games in a home victory against Texas Tech. The Sooners won 95-74, Griffin had 40 points, including 8 of 10 from the free throw line and 23 rebounds. Expect him to bring the same intensity to the tournament.

Should he choose to enter himself into the 2009 draft, Griffin is expected to be the No. 1 prospect. If not, he'll continue his college career with the Sooners.

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  • Blake Griffin in Pre-Season NIT - Semifinals
  • Blake Griffin in Pre-Season NIT - Semifinals
  • Blake Griffin in Pre-Season NIT - Semifinals
  • Blake Griffin in Pre-Season NIT - Semifinals
  • Blake Griffin in Pre-Season NIT - Semifinals
  • Blake Griffin in Pre-Season NIT - Semifinals
  • Blake Griffin in Pre-Season NIT - Semifinals
  • Blake Griffin in Pre-Season NIT - Semifinals
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