Tuesday, April 7, 2009
OU's Griffin entering NBA draft
NORMAN, Okla. -- Once Blake Griffin stopped and really thought about his future, it didn't take long for him to reach a decision.
Griffin announced Tuesday that he will give up his final two years of eligibility and head to the NBA after a sophomore season in which he was honored as college basketball's top player. It was a choice coach Jeff Capel called a "no-brainer," with Griffin establishing himself as a likely candidate to be the No. 1 overall pick in the draft this June.
"I felt in my mind from the time that I actually thought about it that this would be the right decision," said Griffin, wearing a black suit, a grey shirt and a tie. "I remember talking to Coach Capel last year after I made my decision of coming back and he said I had the chance to be in this position and I should take it.
"This has been a dream for me. It has been a dream for a lot of guys. I was really comfortable with the decision this time around."
Griffin helped the Sooners win 30 games in a season for only the fifth time in school history, shattering the school records for double-doubles and rebounds along the way. He said it was now time to take his game to the next level.