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OU's performance center is going to be named after Blake Griffin

The performance center in Norman to be named after Blake Griffin.

From an OU press release:

The University of Oklahoma's athletics performance center at Lloyd Noble Center, which will start being constructed next month, will be named after former OU basketball player Blake Griffin in recognition of his financial gift, the largest ever to OU by a former Sooner basketball player. The naming was approved during Thursday's OU Board of Regents meeting.

Griffin committed in August to help financially support the construction of the approximately 18,400-gross-square foot training center, which will take 12 months to complete. The addition, which will be built south of the men's and women's basketball's two existing practice gyms and will help enhance strength training facilities for both men's and women's programs, as well other Sooner student-athletes, will be called the Blake Griffin Performance Center. The approximate total cost of the project is $7 million.

"Being a Sooner is more than just what you do in competition," said Griffin, who was the 2009 consensus national player of the year and the No. 1 overall pick in that year's NBA Draft. "I am thankful to have had the opportunity to play OU basketball, which has a legacy of people that have made it great. College is such a critical time in an athlete's playing career and it's my honor to help give the men's and women's teams the resources and technology that will give them the best opportunity to succeed.

“I am humbled that OU has chosen to name this facility after me, and I am really excited to see this high-performance training center come to life."

The Blake Griffin Performance Center will be the first of its kind among the nation's collegiate basketball programs. Some of the many features will include basketball training courts, free weights, indoor turf, outdoor turf with sand pit, spaces for plyometric and cardiovascular training, cardio and strength testing, locker rooms, an exam and recovery area, a fueling station, a multi-purpose room and overhead fresh-air doors.

"I'd like to express our sincere gratitude to Blake and the Griffin family for their continued support of our university and our athletics department, and for helping to further enhance the robust tradition of OU basketball," said athletic director Joe Castiglione. "We're proud that Blake, as a native Oklahoman, chose to be a Sooner, and we're proud of his incredible accomplishments here as a student-athlete. Now he is helping make it possible for future Sooners to follow in his footsteps as they pursue excellence.

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