HOOPS: Will Blake follow Taylor's footsteps to OU?

Edmond, Okla. power forward forward Blake Griffin talks about his summer progress, early list and if he'll follow his brother - OU freshman Taylor Griffin — to Norman.


Blake Griffin goes into his junior year regarded as the top junior in the state of Oklahoma. Playing on the same high school team as his brother Taylor, who will be a freshman at OU next season, Griffin Blake 15 points and eight rebounds last season as a sophomore.

This summer, Griffin, who is playing on the top AAU team in Oklahoma (Athletes First), moved into the starting line-up after the first weekend and he has been in there ever since. He averaged 13 points and 10 rebounds at the recent Peach Jam and 15 points and 10 bards at a recent national AAU tournament in Las Vegas.

"Right now I would say that I am a power forward because my game is built around the post," said Griffith. "I can step out and shoot the ball, but other than that I pretty much stay in the post."

Growing up with a big brother like Taylor had to be a plus for Blake, and he admits it was a lot of fun as well.

"Growing up with Taylor has helped me a lot," said Griffin. "He always passed stuff down to me that he picked up and he always has encouraged me to play to my best."

Griffin hasn't attended any camps this year, but next year you can bet that you will see him in the biggest national camps in the summer.

At this point, Griffin has been offered by Kansas, OU, Illinois and Wichita State.

"I really don't know what I want to do in recruiting, "said Griffin. "I know that I want to take three to four official visits, and I just want to wait and see how things are going. If I know for sure where I want to go at some point, then I will go ahead and commit. But right now, I can't say that I do."

What does he think about Oklahoma, especially with his brother Taylor getting ready for his freshman year at OU?

"I really like them and their coaches," said Griffith. "They have a lot of good players on their team and they should do real well this season. They are very high on my list. I really don't think the fact my brother is there is going to be that big of a factor. I have to make the decision that is best for me. And even though it would be great to play with him, I can't let that make my decision for me. I really don't think that is going to be that big of a factor."

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