Blake Griffin Looks Like the Player Of the Year: Sooners Are No Softies

Matt SmithCorrespondent IMarch 21, 2009

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 21:  Blake Griffin #23 of the Oklahoma Sooners follows through on his slam dunk over Laval Lucas-Perry #31 of the Michigan Wolverines in the first half during the second round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Sprint Center on March 21, 2009 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Blake Griffin scored 33 points along with 17 rebound to lead his Oklahoma Sooners past Michigan to move into the Sweet 16 and he looked every bit the player of the year doing it. 

At 6-10 250 lbs he looks like a quicker more explosive version of Carlos Boozer.  His numbers are dominant 22.1 ppg 14.3 rpg for the season and his body looks NBA ready.

Pitt's DeJuan Blair, UNC's Tyler Hansbrough and UConn's Hasheem Thabeet all great big men and all had great seasons but none of them are on Griffin's level.

I was shocked earlier this year when some in the media questioned Griffin's toughness, going so far to even call him soft. Pointing out Blake's lack of retaliating when his opponents would get physical with him.  I think the exact opposite is true, he stays composed in battle and just continues to dominate and outplay whomever is in front of him.

With Griffin dominating the paint and Oklahoma guard Willie Warren on the perimeter the Sooners will be a tough out for any team in the nation.  This being March Madness and all, anything is possible but in the battle for Player of the Year I think Blake Griffin has already won.