Today’s Mixed Chicks History Month person of distinction is Los Angeles Clippers’ 6’10” power forward Blake Griffin. Griffin is half Afro-Haitian and half white.
He grew up in Oklahoma with his mom and dad and older brother Taylor. Griffin got his start in sports at an early age. Along with basketball, he played baseball and football all the way until high school where he just focused on basketball.
Coming out of high school winning several top accolades including McDonald’s All-American, Griffin was one of the most highly touted freshman recruits in the country.
He signed on at the University of Oklahoma where he was Consensus National Player of the Year in his sophomore year. With only two year of college under his belt, Griffin was drafted into the NBA in 2009. He was selected first overall by the Los Angeles Clippers.
He unfortunately missed the entire 2009-10 season due to a broken knee during a pre-season game. In 2011, he made his rookie debut and was selected as an all-star, won the 2011 NBA Slam Dunk Contest and was voted 2011 Rookie of the Year.
Even though the Los Angeles Clippers are now out of the playoffs after losing to Oklahoma City Thunder, Griffin will surely earn him and his team a championship ring in the near future!