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Blake Griffin makes huge donation to alma mater

L.A. Clippers forward Blake Griffin came back to his alma mater for Saturday’s Alumni Legends game, and he didn’t turn up empty-handed.

The Oklahoma University alum made a huge donation toward the High Performance Center Addition project at Lloyd Noble Center.

The project is a 16,000-square-foot addition that will enhance strength training for Oklahoma basketball. The additions include indoor and outdoor turfs, multi-purpose space, and a nutrition center.

“It’s really about keeping this program and keeping these facilities on par with the rest of the country,” Griffin told Eric Bailey of Tulsa World. “…I wanted to be part of the process. I’m excited for (the project) to break ground and get going.”

Griffin intends to be hands-on in this project as he helped in designing it, which has been a conversation for a few years.

“I’m truly excited about the future of our men’s basketball program under Coach (Lon) Kruger and I want us to capitalize on the momentum of last year’s run to another Final Four,” Griffin said in a statement last week. “And with a facility like this, I don’t think it will be long before Coach (Sherri) Coale is making her fourth Final Four trip with the women’s program, too.”

Despite only playing two seasons, Griffin ranks first in field goal percentage and second in rebounds per game at Oklahoma to this day.

The five-time NBA All-Star won the 2009 Naismith College Player of the Year at Oklahoma, prior to being first overall in the 2009 NBA draft.

Soon after the donation ceremony, Griffin coached the Crimson team to a 96-89 win over the Cream team, coached by recent alum Buddy Hield.

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