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August 24, 2013

Sooners honor former hoops stars

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NORMAN —

Getting back to that level might still be a few years away for the current Sooners. But seeing OU go 20-12 last season and reach the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2009 was important.

“I think everyone understood this wasn’t going to happen overnight, but they got back,” said Griffin, who was the consensus 2009 college basketball player of the year before becoming an all-star with the Los Angeles Clippers. “It was fun to watch and I was excited for them. I know how important it is for them.”

It’s important for the alums as well. Griffin was the only honoree still playing professional basketball. Najera is coaching in the NBA’s developmental league. King is a television color analyst for the Chicago Bulls.

But all love being able to brag about their alma mater in March and beyond.

“It started with Wayman and then Stacy and myself and the guys we played with,” Grant said. “We would love to see these guys get back to where we were at.”

Perhaps selling the history those players helped create when they played at OU will help it happen.

John Shinn

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