OU's Griffin, Warren Honored Again

NORMAN, Okla. - Oklahoma sophomore Blake Griffin was named Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Player of the Week today for the third time in the season's first three weeks, while freshman teammate Willie Warren was honored as the Phillips 66 Rookie of the Week for the second straight time.

Griffin, a 6-10, 251-pound forward from Oklahoma City, led the Sooners to the Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off title by averaging 25.0 points, 18.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in wins over UAB (77-67) and No. 10/9 Purdue (87-82 in overtime) at Madison Square Garden in New York City. He scored 32 points and grabbed 15 rebounds against the Blazers before registering 18 points and a career-high-tying 21 boards against the Boilermakers in the championship game.

Griffin also recorded three assists in each outing, and shot a combined .593 from the field (16-for-27) and .667 from the free throw line (18-for-27).

The two double-doubles on the week were the fifth and sixth in six games this season for the Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year. Griffin is just the third player in school history to record six consecutive double-doubles. The others are Alvan Adams (three times with a high streak of 14) and Garfield Heard (streak of 11).

Griffin is averaging 25.7 points, a nation-best 19.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists and a team-high 2.3 steals per game on the year while shooting .692 from the field. He has recorded at least 18 rebounds in five of six games and had 15 in the other. He is on pace to shatter Adams' OU single-season record for rebounding average (13.3 boards per contest set in the 1974-75 season).

Lost among his gaudy scoring and rebounding figures this year is the fact that Griffin has recorded multiple assists in five of six outings. He has handed out at least three assists in each of the last four games.

Warren, a 6-4, 207-pound guard from Fort Worth, Texas, averaged 14.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in OU's two wins. Included was a career-high 22-point effort against Purdue when he went 11-for-13 from the free throw line and added a career-high three steals.

Warren, the Big 12 Preseason Freshman of the Year is averaging 14.8 points, 2.3 assists and 1.5 steals on the season while shooting .800 from the free throw line.

The Sooners play their next game this Thursday at 6 p.m. CST when they host preseason top-25 foe USC. A limited number of tickets are available (for as little as $10 apiece) at the OU Athletics Ticket Office (800-456-4668) or online at www.SoonerSports.com.


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