Oklahoma Sooners Basketball

Blake Griffin to the NBA

MEMPHIS, TN - MARCH 29:  Blake Griffin #23 of the Oklahoma Sooners walks off the court after losing to the North Carolina Tar Heels during the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament South Regional Final at the FedExForum on March 29, 2009 in Memphis, Tennessee. The Tar Heels defeated the Sooners 72-60 to advance to the Final Four.  (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)
Jerry FrasierContributor IApril 7, 2009

Oklahoma University’s star forward and winner of the AP Poll's Men's Basketball Player of the Year, Blake Griffin, will forgo his junior and senior year in college to enter the NBA draft. Griffin announced his decision on April 7, putting an end to his extraordinary career at Oklahoma.

Griffin led the NCAA with 30 double-doubles and averaged almost 15 rebounds per game. He led the Big 12 with 23 points per game. In the NCAA Tournament, he averaged almost 30 points per game and 15 rebounds before losing to the eventual champion UNC Tarheels.

After spending two seasons playing with his older brother, Taylor, he has the opportunity to be selected first overall in this year's NBA draft, and will most likely be selected in the top five. Any lottery team would be happy to draft Griffin, a player who gives his all in every game. Taylor has not made a decision as to whether he will declare for the draft or not.

Oklahoma would also have been glad to take him back. If he returned, the Sooners would have had the Heisman winner and Men's Basketball Player of the Year returning to their respective sports next season. But with this announcement, the only question now is, who will be the lucky team to select him?




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