He led the Sooners to a 23-12 record as a rookie, averaging 14.7 points and 9.1 rebounds. In the Big 12 Conference, he was tenth in scoring, fourth in rebounding, and third in field goal percentage. The New York Knicks selected him with the No. 4 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.
As a sophomore, Blake Griffin improved his stats every category except for steals, where he lost one position to teammate Derrick Williams. Still, he was able to lead OU to another undefeated regular season (29-0) and reach the championship game of the NCAA Tournament before losing to Louisville. As a result, Blake Griffin earned All-American honors for the second time in three years.
After his great season at Oklahoma, many teams were expected to be interested in signing him after he declared for the draft. However, only the Los Angeles Clippers picked him up during the draft night. He is now considered one of the best power forwards in the league and has been named to the 2012-13 All-NBA Team.
In addition to playing basketball, Blake Griffin also writes songs about his life experiences. He released his first album when he was still a student at Oklahoma. The album called "Blake Griffin" features songs that Blake wrote himself including ones about his family life, sports career, and even some classic rock songs.
He averaged 23.2 points, 11.6 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 2.3 blocks per game as a senior. Powell, a five-star recruit according to Rivals.com, was ranked as the No. 8 power forward and No. 25 overall player in the country in 2010. He signed with Kansas after playing one season at Southeastern Louisiana.
Powell went straight from high school to college basketball. The only time he took a year off was when he missed part of his junior season with an injury.
He started playing organized basketball when he was 5 years old. By the time he reached high school, he had already played competitively for several years. He made an immediate impact at Southeastern Louisiana, leading the team in scoring as a freshman. His career average of 22 points per game as a senior led the team to its first NCAA Tournament appearance. After playing just one season there, he decided to enter the draft and was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the second round (34th pick overall).
The 6'9" Powell has been praised for his all-around game. He is known for his ability to score in multiple ways: jump shots, layups, and free throws. He is also a good rebounder and shot blocker. Although most power forwards focus solely on one aspect of the game, this is not the case for Dwight Powell.
Stuckey averaged 24.6 points (7th in the country), 5.5 assists, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.4 steals per game as a sophomore. Against Portland State, he set a season high with 36 points. He also had five straight games with at least three assists before missing two games due to injury.
As a freshman, Stuckey was named to the All-American Third Team by the NABC. He finished his college career as one of only four players in Ohio history to score over 1,500 points. He currently ranks fifth all time at Ohio with 1,597 points.
In addition to his work with The Zips, Stuckey has been an assistant coach for the University of Michigan since 2013. Before that, he spent two seasons working with head coach John Beilein with the NBA's Detroit Pistons. As a player, Stuckey attended Carmel High School in Carmel, Indiana. He went on to play four years for Purdue University where he won a National Championship in 2004. Stuckey was drafted second overall by the Bucks in the 2004 NBA Draft.
He is currently serving a 10-year ban from basketball after being found guilty of sexual abuse during his time at Purdue. The conviction was overturned on appeal, but he admitted to the allegations and resumed serving his suspension once it was reinstated by the NCAA.
Nater Nater was a redshirt freshman for the UCLA Bruins. He was a key member of John Wooden's teams that won two NCAA championships. As a senior, he was a backup to Bill Walton and averaged 3.2 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. Nater attended high school in Oakland, California.
Walton was the starting center on all three of those championship teams at UCLA. He is considered one of the greatest college basketball players of all time. After graduating from UCLA, Walton went on to have a very successful career in professional basketball. He was the first player drafted into the NBA directly out of college (first round, No. 2 overall pick). He also had one of the most memorable moments in sports history when he scored 60 points in a game for the Boston Celtics against the Los Angeles Lakers in 1975. That performance earned him a place in the Basketball Hall of Fame.
After graduating from UCLA, Walton entered the 1972 NBA draft. He was not selected by an NBA team, so he returned to play for Coach John Wooden and the Bruins. As a rookie, he started at center for the Portland Trail Blazers and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He ended up playing 11 seasons in the NBA and played on two more national championship teams with Larry Bird and the Indiana Pacers. In 1995, he was given the honor of being one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.