KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A day after thinking about the most talked about foul in NCAA basketball, OU head coach Jeff Capel wasn't able to find any silver lining concerning Ameer Ali's flagrant foul against Blake Griffin.
Maybe it was the scar that still shows below Griffin's right eye, the scar that...[details]
2006 (Sophomore): A second-team Academic All-Big 12 selection. Made 22 starts, including 18 of team's first 19 games (also started the last four). Averaged 6.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 23.4 minutes per game. Ranked second on squad with 29 blocked shots (1.0 average) and recorded three rejections on four occasions. Posted lone career double-doubles against Memphis (a career-high 16 points and 10 rebounds) and Chaminade (11 points and 10 boards) in Hawaii in November. Registered career highs of 13 rebounds and seven assists versus UT Arlington (Dec. 16). Had 15 points, six rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two steals at Texas (Jan. 13). Broke an 11-game conference streak of single-digit scoring with 12 points (he also grabbed seven rebounds and blocked three shots) against No. 3 Kansas (Feb. 26). Pulled down 10 rebounds at Texas Tech in Big 12 opener (Jan. 6).
2005 (Freshman): Averaged 3.1 points and 2.8 rebounds in 11.5 minutes a game. Played in 27 games, all off the bench. Posted a .518 field goal percentage and a .794 free throw mark. Scored at least four points 12 times and reached double figures twice. Registered at least four rebounds on 10 occasions. Netted a season-high 12 points against Baylor (Feb. 11) when he was 6-for-6 from the free throw line. Scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds in win at Oklahoma State (Feb. 8). Pulled down a season-high nine rebounds (four offensive) in win at Tulsa (Nov. 30). Grabbed eight boards versus Belmont (Nov. 26), seven against Binghamton (Nov. 23) and six three times in conference play.
Personal: Born April 18, 1986, in Oklahoma City, Okla. Parents are Tommy and Gail Griffin. Chose Oklahoma over Charlotte, Marquette, Oklahoma State, Stanford and Washington State. Major is zoology/pre-med. Wants to study sports medicine.
Named the 2005 Gatorade Oklahoma Player of the Year. A first-team All-State selection as a senior and The Oklahoman's Little All-City Player of the Year. Averaged 18.9 points, 10.1 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.3 blocked shots per game as a senior. Led teams to 3A state titles his junior (29-0 record) and senior (24-2) seasons and was named state tournament MVP both years. A two-time Central Oklahoma Conference MVP. As a junior averaged 15.8 points, 11.8 rebounds and 4.5 assists per contest while shooting .612 from the field and .771 from the foul line. Recorded career highs of 28 points (versus U.S. Grant as a senior) and 22 rebounds (against Meeker as a junior). Posted a quadruple-double against Millwood as a senior (22 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 blocks).