2007 Focus: Blake Griffin

Basketball is in his blood. His father played and he's got a brother who is a Sooner. Coached by his father Tommy, Blake Griffin is next in line for a scholarship.

Edmond, Okla., is the home of Blake Griffin, a promising member of the Class of 2007. The 6-foot-8 Griffin will follow in his father and brother's footsteps one day and will sign a national letter of intent to play the game collegiately.

Griffin, a junior who averaged 13.6 points and 7.3 rebounds, has size, a shooting touch and the work ethic to improve. In short, he's quite similar to his brother Taylor, now a freshman on Oklahoma's squad.

"They're whole game is pretty much the same," Tommy Griffin, Blake's dad and coach at Oklahoma Christian said. "They've grown up being taught the same way. They can handle it, they're good passers and they can score when needed."

Blake, dad says, is starting to improve on his perimeter game. "We want to open up his game to 15- to 17 feet," Tommy Griffin said. "We call it being three dimensional, being able to do more than one thing: defense, offense and the other things, not necessarily in that order."

Speaking of order, there isn't much to Blake's college list just yet, but programs are showing interest. Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Illinois, Kansas, Virginia and Baylor are among the schools that touch base. "There are probably about 3-4 more," Griffin said, "you caught me off base.

"He's had already schools that are very much interested in him and they've said that when he's ready they would offer," Griffin said.

Blake's not ready yet. A 3.4 student, academics are big in the family. In fact, Blake Griffin has a potential unofficial visit to Oklahoma State on tap this weekend, academics permitting.

"We have to get the academics taken care of first and if we're comfortable then he'll probably go to O-State this weekend," Griffin said. Blake has already been unofficially to Norman. Could the Sooners boast two Griffins one day?

"They both talk about it. But we've told Blake that this is his decision. They've been around long enough to know the three most important things are to go where you can get an education, go where you'll be happy and go where you can play."

For dad who played small college ball and is his son's high school coach, finding a well rounded college is most important. "You have to learn the program before you can get into the program. You have to fit into the program before you can take over the program."


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