The University of Oklahoma announced Thursday that Los Angeles Clippers star and former Sooners standout Blake Griffin will have his jersey honored at the season's final home game.
Mitch Heckart of the athletic department's official website noted the school will hold a ceremony for Griffin at halftime when Oklahoma faces off with Baylor on March 1. The release included comments from the forward about receiving the honor: "I am proud and truly honored to be part of a long and storied Sooner history. My time at OU will always hold a special place in my heart, and I am so grateful to the fans and the university for all of their support throughout my career."
Athletic director Joe Castiglione also released a statement as part of the announcement about the former player's lasting impact:
We're delighted to honor and celebrate the extraordinary achievements of Sooner basketball legend Blake Griffin. Blake, wearing special No. 23, captivated college basketball, earning him consensus-national-player-of-the year honors. His positive contributions to the Oklahoma basketball program continue and we are grateful Blake is able to carve out a night during the NBA season to take part in this special ceremony.
Griffin only spent two seasons at Oklahoma, but his impact was immense.
After a solid freshman campaign that verified the hype, he exploded as a sophomore during the 2008-09 campaign. He averaged 22.7 points and 14.4 rebounds per game while shooting 65 percent from the field en route to National Player of the Year honors.
That success while playing alongside his brother, Taylor Griffin, allowed him to become the first overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft by the Clippers. He's since become one of the league's most reliable post players with five All-Star selections and three appearances on the All-NBA Second Team.
Griffin, who's currently sidelined by a quad injury, will be able to attend the ceremony in between home games against the Brooklyn Nets and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
His appearance should provide an added boost for what could be a huge matchup with the Sooners and the Bears currently atop the Big 12 standings.