Big 12 Weekly Awards: Griffin is POY

    
November 17th, 2008
IRVING, Texas - Blake Griffin (Oklahoma) and Toney McCray (Nebraska) have been named the first Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Player and Rookie of the Week, respectively, for the 2008-09 season in voting by a panel of media covering the conference. It is the fourth career weekly honor (three player, one rookie) for Griffin and the first for McCray.

 

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Blake Griffin, Oklahoma, F, So., 6-10, 251, Oklahoma City, Okla./Oklahoma Christian School

Griffin posted his 11th career double-double with 24 points and 18 rebounds in the Sooners' 83-54 victory over American. The sophomore forward connected on 9-of-11 (.818) field goals, including his first career 3-pointer. His rebound total was a career high and included 16 defensive boards - three less than the entire AU team. Griffin also recorded one assist, one block and one steal without committing a turnover.

 

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

Toney McCray, Nebraska, G, Fr., 6-6, 205, Missouri City, Texas/Fort Bend Elkins

McCray played in his first game for NU after redshirting last season and helped the Cornhuskers to a 63-46 win over San Jose State. The freshman guard finished with 17 points and nine rebounds, both game highs. He shot 6-of-15 (.400) from the floor and made 5-of-8 from the charity stripe. He also had one block and one steal in 23 minutes of action.