The *cough* veteran in our front court would be Blake Griffin, a man who spent two whole years in college before becoming the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers.
Griffin defines what it means to be a hard-nosed, gritty player. He made his mark on the Big XII with his hustle and strength, even when the going got tough. Let's not forget last season, when Griffin had to overcome the infamous "shot to the jewels," something no player should have to go through.
People tried to knock the giant out, but it seemed to only make him stronger.
Griffin was the Naismith and Wooden Award winner in 2009 as well as the Big XII Player of the Year. He also became a model of consistency; his 30 double doubles were one short of the NCAA record for a single season.
Griffin, along with his brother and Willie Warren, helped propel the Oklahoma Sooners back to the national stage following the departure of Kelvin Sampson.
The Sooners reached 30 wins and were ranked in the Top 10 for 14 of 17 weeks. Griffin and company came painfully close to a Final Four but were denied by eventual champions North Carolina.
Griffin's toughness and brute strength is what separates him from other college players. He had the physique to dominate and his personal achievements, along with team success, makes him a surefire pick.