Griffin's Stock Soaring

There may be no one in the class of 2007 who has seen his stock rise this month as much as Edmond, OK. native Blake Griffin. Checking in at a solid 6-8, Griffin impressed a large group of the nation's top coaches at the Kingwood Classic.

"I think I did pretty good," Griffin said of his performance last weekend. "I didn't do as well offensively as I would have liked, but you know the defense was pretty good. Overall I was satisfied with how I played."

Regardless, coaches were watching and keep watching. Off the top of his head he said he saw Bill Self (KU), Jeff Capel (Oklahoma) and Sean Sutton (Oklahoma State) at a number of his games. But those weren't the only schools in attendance. Duke, Michigan State and UConn checked him out in Houston, as did North Carolina – in fact, the Tar Heels had both head coach Roy Williams and assistant Steve Robinson in the stands watching Griffin on Saturday.

"It makes you play a lot harder so you can show them something," Griffin said. "I definitely go harder when they are there. I try to go harder anyways."

While he's home, the attention doesn't stop. This week alone Griffin said he's either already been visited or will be visited by Rick Barnes (Texas), Tom Moore (UConn), Jeff Capel (Oklahoma), Billy Donovan (Florida) and Bruce Weber (Illinois).

Another school that has shown recent interest is North Carolina. The Tar Heels were actually in touch with him prior to watching him at the Kingwood Classic.

"I got a call from them a week after the Boo Williams tournament," Griffin said of the UNC staff.

So is there mutual interest?

"Definitely, I mean they are a great program and I'm definitely interested."

At this point, Griffin seems a little overwhelmed with the attention he is receiving and he plans on waiting out the process so he can determine what school is best for him.

"I'm still not really ready to make any decision any time soon. Any school that wants to [get involved] I'm welcoming them right now.

The schools that he said are involved at this time are Illinois, Kansas, OU, OSU, Kansas State, Kentucky, UNC, Michigan State, Texas, Florida, Indiana, Baylor, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Wichita State and Missouri.

While Griffin had options before Kingwood, this past weekend has opened up some new doors and has been a dream come true for the Edmond (Okla.) Oklahoma Christian product.

"I've been working for this for a long time," he said. "Every since last summer, I kind of knew what I needed to work on. I just wanted to come out this spring and show everyone what I can do."

Expert Scouting Notes

Eric Bossi -- "He's a chiseled kid who dominates his opponents physically and matches his strength with smarts and fundamental play around the hoop. The Oklahoma big man is on a rapid climb up the charts thanks to some inspired play this spring and it's not going to stop based on what he's done in Houston. He's a mean mother bleeper on the blocks who combines skill and surprising explosiveness into one attractive package."

Dave Telep -- "What a weekend! Not even a set of stiches above his left eye could slow him down. Jon Brockman, the consummate AAU tough guy, would have been proud of the punishment Griffin dished out all weekend long. There was a sense buzzing through the event that he's making his move nationally. More than once the term "beast" was used to describe him and he's done nothing but capitalize on the momentum of the Boo Williams showing. If you want to talk about spring stock boosters, the conversation begins here."

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