LOS ANGELES-After being named to the All-Star game as the first rookie since Yao Ming, Blake Griffin received some unsettling news. His high school teammate and friend, Wilson Holloway had died of cancer.
Holloway and Griffin both attended Oklahoma Christian High School, where Holloway played football and basketball. After the Saints won their fourth straight basketball title in March 2007, Griffin, who had 22 points and seven rebounds in the championship game, credited his teammates. One of those was Holloway, who added 14 points and nine rebounds.
Holloway went on to play football at Tulsa, redshirting his freshman year in 2007. The 6-foot-6, 275-pound offensive tackle was diagnosed with cancer in March 2008, but he received treatment and played in six games that following season.