The Norman Transcript


June 3, 2009

A chance to relish the memory

Blake Griffin, Ashley Paris honored


It wasn’t that he was having the kind of collegiate season hardly anybody could remember anybody else having, averaging more than 22 points and 14 rebounds a game, instead it was how much better he got from one year to the next and how much crap he took along the way from the opposition without ever retaliating.

Griffin fantastically and simultaneously served as a model of self-improvement and self-control.

Paris wasn’t far off on the same two counts.

The one time she offered a number to the weight she lost and the physique she gained, it was 40, as in pounds. And she never quit working on her game and it showed in a buffet line of options she had to choose from whenever she caught the ball in the lane.

Courtney Paris will forever be the best post in the history of OU women’s basketball, but it is her sister who may forever be recognized as the most varied at the position.

Ashley could back up and take a 3, roll right for a hook or left for a finger roll. Some thought she might be drafted higher than her sister, though it didn’t happen. Now, who becomes the better pro is an interesting question to ponder. It’s hard to know, but given the work ethic and discipline she epitomized at OU, it’s easy to figure she’ll be every bit the player she’s destined to be.

Griffin should be too.

Oh, for him to get the chance in Oklahoma City.

Thunder fans can hope.

Sooner fans can say goodbye one more time, knowing two of their favorites have received their due.

Clay Horning


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