Hoops: Capel, Sooners hit the jackpot

Super rising senior forward Blake Griffin talks about his commitment to Oklahoma.

New Oklahoma coach Jeff Capel hit the jackpot on Saturday when big-time rising senior power forward Blake Griffin committed to the Sooners.

Griffin pulled the trigger Saturday during an unofficial visit to Norman and meeting with new the Sooners' new head coach.

The 6-foot-8, 220-pounder, who is the brother of Sooner Taylor Griffin, held offers from UConn, Kansas Florida, Illinois, Texas, Oklahoma State, Michigan, Michigan State and many others at the time of his commitment.

See below for OUInsider.com's Q&A with Griffin on his commitment.

JH: What prompted you to commit to Oklahoma today?

Griffin: "I went to talk to coach Capel today, and I also went to talk to coach (Mark) Cline. And after talking to them i just realized that's where I wanted to play basketball. My brother is there and and I just realized I wanted to play with him. He loves playing for coach Capel and Coach Cline. My parents can come see me play and my friends can come see me play.

JH: Talk about the effect new OU head coach Jeff Capel had on your decision.

Griffin: "I am totally 100 percent committed to what Coach Capel is doing with the program. I think he's going to build a great program and I'm very happy to be right in the middle of it. I can't wait to play for him.

JH: You now join fellow in-state recruit Cade Davis as commitments for the next class. Talk about playing with Cade and the class you'll be joining.

Griffin: "I feel like that it is really something special. I have already talked to Cade and we already are talking about winning championships. One thing that we talked about was going out and starting to help coach Capel right away start calling some other players and start representing coach Capel and Oklahoma the best we could right now. I don't know who I can help him with, but as soon as I find out I'm going to call."

JH: Your parents have to be happy you and Taylor are now both staying close to home, don't they?

Griffin: "My mom and dad are incredibly happy. They've always wanted us to go to OU, but they always left the decision up to us. They're almost happier than I am. Now they can see their two boys play on the same court at the same time. I think that is what's special. The whole Griffin family is going to be tied to Oklahoma and coach Capel. We can't wait to play for him."

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