NORMAN – As Oklahoma’s 2008-09 basketball season played out, Blake Griffin’s place in the college game crystallized. He’d passed it by. Griffin – the consensus and overwhelming national Player of the Year as a sophomore – confirmed as much Tuesday, announcing his intention to enter the NBA Draft. No individual and few teams found a way to contain Griffin in a second season that saw him average 22.7 points and an NCAA-best 14.4 rebounds. He led the Sooners to a 30-6 record and a spot in the Elite Eight. And he turned the player of the year race into a futile chase for others, including reigning awards holder Tyler Hansbrough of North Carolina, running away with every major honor. Now, as he stands similarly alone atop NBA mock drafts, it’s time to test his game at the next level. Kansas coach Bill Self, whose teams faced Griffin for just five minutes in two games spanning two seasons – due to injuries – still came away fully impressed by the Sooner star through preparation. “In the last few years,” Self said in accepting AP Coach of the Year award in Detroit, “I had the chance to try and stop players like Kevin Durant of Texas, Michael Beasley of Kansas State and Blake Griffin, three of the most dominant players in the country. “He’s been the best of the three, and he will have a fabulous pro career.” Griffin grappled with a similar stay-or-go decision following his freshman year, opting to remain a Sooner. That time, he looked forward to playing one more season with his brother Taylor, leading a deeper Sooner run in the NCAA Tournament and better readying himself for the NBA. Missions accomplished. The Griffin brothers made the most of their time together, enjoying OU’s extended postseason stay halted only by the national champion Tar Heels. Blake established Sooner and Big 12 single-season records with 504 rebounds, 30 double-doubles and a .654 field goal percentage. And while the Sooners would stand as a top contender for the NCAA championship if he returned, big brother Taylor is an outgoing senior and the NBA is calling. And this time, Blake is answering: yes.