Griffin Chooses Big 12 Program

In the end, Taylor Griffin didn't see any reason to stray far away from home. The 6-6, 225-pound senior forward's recruitment is over after making a decision on Monday.

Taylor Griffin was contemplating a decision to leave the state for college, but in the end, he found no reason to go away from home.

The 6-foot-6, 225-pound Oklahoma Christian (Okla.) senior forward committed to Kevin Sampson and the Oklahoma Sooners on Monday night.

"I sat down with my family a couple of nights ago and today to talk about schools," Griffin said. "We talked about where the best situation would be for me, and when we looked at everything I really didn't need to think about it anymore. I knew where the best was for me, and that was Oklahoma."

``He (Sampson) has recruited hard-nosed players that play hard and he wins with them," Griffin added. "They are not always the most talented players, but they always play with a lot of guts and determination and he wins with them. I like that style of play and I want to be part of a winner."

Griffin, a blue-collar player who averaged 16 points, 12 boards and 4.5 assists per game as a junior, is more of an undersized power forward who will work on his perimeter skills. He's the son of a coach, Tommy Griffin, and plays the game with the intelligence of a coach's son.

Griffin, a 3.8 student who scored a 23 on the ACT, was receiving interest from the likes of Dayton, Tulsa, UNC-Wilmington, Kansas State, Villanova, Marquette and Stanford. "I definitely think my skills will explode when I can constantly start working out with college guys and their trainers," Griffin said. "I think my skills are good, but they can always get better. Coach Sampson wouldn't want me if he didn't feel like my skills were pretty good. I think once I get to Oklahoma my skill level will pick up and I will be able to make an impact on the team."

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