Los Angeles Clippers star power forward Blake Griffin recently returned to his alma mater, the University of Oklahoma, so that his No. 23 jersey could be retired and raised to the rafters of the Lloyd Noble Center.
The Clippers posted pictures of the ceremony to their official Twitter, and Oklahoma posted pictures of its own, namely Griffin with star guard Buddy Hield.
A former star at Oklahoma Christian in Oklahoma City, Griffin spent two years with the Sooners and averaged 18.8 points and 11.8 rebounds per game over that stretch while shooting 62 percent from the field. He was the 2009 Big 12 Player of the Year and also the Naismith College Player of the Year as Oklahoma made it as far as the Elite Eight in that season’s NCAA Tournament. Griffin was then selected first overall by the Clippers in the 2009 NBA Draft, but missed his first season after undergoing microfracture surgery on his knee.
But Griffin overcame that and has been named to five NBA All Star teams and was also the 2011 Rookie of the Year, as the NBA basically lets players redshirt their first seasons if they miss all of it due to injury. Simply put, to have his number retired at just 26 years old, it’s clear that Griffin’s career is still just getting started.
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