OU's Griffin voted AP player of the year

Saturday, April 4, 2009
Oklahoma forward Blake Griffin dunks during a recent NCAA tournament game. The sophomore became the first Oklahoma player to be voted AP player of the year. (JOHN BAZEMORE ~ Associated Press)

DETROIT -- Oklahoma sophomore forward Blake Griffin was the runaway choice as The Associated Press' college basketball player of the year.

The 6-foot-10 Griffin averaged 22.7 points and led the nation with 14.4 rebounds per game while shooting a Big 12 record 65.4 percent from the field. Griffin led the Sooners to a 30-6 record and the regional finals of the NCAA tournament.Griffin had 30 double-doubles this season.

He received 66 votes from the 71-member national media panel that selects the weekly Top 25.

Tyler Hansbrough of North Carolina, who won the award last year, received two votes as did DeJuan Blair of Pittsburgh.

-- AP

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