Najera's not only Oklahoma's leading scorer and rebounder, but he's also the team's emotional leader. Thanks to him, the team that likely received the last at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament is still alive after two games.
In a first-round upset of Arizona, Najera scored 17 points and hauled in 13 rebounds. Two days later against North Carolina-Charlotte he poured in 20 points and grabbed 15 rebounds.
The junior from Chihuahua, Mexico, traveled a strange road to Oklahoma. A star on the Mexican junior national basketball team, Najera knew upon graduation from high school in 1994 that he wanted to play college basketball in the United States.
Only two things stood in his way: No colleges had heard of him and he barely spoke English.
The solution for Najera was a trip across the border to Cornerstone Christian Academy in San Antonio, where in two years Najera got the attention of college coaches across the nation and better learned the language.
Now in his third season at Oklahoma, Najera's learning curve on the court is proving to be almost as steep as his learning curve off it.