Blake Griffin might or might not be leaving for the NBA after this season (wink-wink). But when Griffin does depart OU, his presence will continue to be felt, maybe for some time. It’ll be felt with Willie Warren. And Tommy Mason-Griffin and Keith "Tiny” Gallon, OU’s latest top recruits, who, according to buzz, are about to give the Sooners their first pair of McDonald’s All-Americans in an incoming class. The chain, it seems, will not be broken anytime soon. Consider it trickle down recruiting, the impact of getting one guy like Griffin on your campus, and the magnetism he can have in drawing more top talent toward him. Warren wanted to play with Griffin. And Mason-Griffin and Gallon want to play with Warren. And no telling who’s next. "It’s one of the things that sometimes, if you can get a really good player, and Blake’s special, but also because of the way he plays, he’s popular,” said Sooners coach Jeff Capel. "That can help attract other guys. "It helped us with Willie. Willie helped us with Tommy and Tiny and the rest of the guys in this class. Hopefully, this is something we can continue to get really good players.” The Sooners have it going, ranked No. 2 nationally and owning the nation’s best record at 23-1. This is how you keep it going, even when you lose a Griffin, who in less than two full seasons has already pushed himself into the conversation of the greatest OU basketball players ever. Rivals.com ranks the Sooners’ recruiting class at No. 11, with Gallon, Mason-Griffin and center Andrew Fitzgerald all Top 100 players nationally. Mason-Griffin, ranked No. 66 overall, gives Capel his first true point man at OU. Gallon, at No. 31, is a 6-foot-9, 290-pounder who hit six 3-pointers in one game this season. He’s averaging 18 points and 9.4 boards for Oak Hill Academy (Va.), the nation’s fourth-ranked team by USA Today. Getting a McDonald’s All-American used to be big news for the Sooners. Now it’s becoming standard, in multiple even. Getting Griffin keeps paying off. And keeps paying it forward.
At BaylorWednesday: 8 p.m. (ESPN2, Cox 28) Sooners started the Bears on their current five-game losing skid.
Texas TechSaturday: 12:30 p.m., (Big 12 Network) Red Raiders haven’t won on the road this season.
At TexasFeb. 21: 8 p.m., (ESPN, Cox 29) Others are enjoying the Austin scene, why not OU?