The NBA's reigning Rookie of the Year and Slam Dunk champion is bringing his talents back to Oklahoma.
This time, he's returning as a coach.
Former OU star and current Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin will hold his first ever basketball camp in Oklahoma City from Aug. 2-5. The camp, for boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 18, will be held at Santa Fe Family Life Center.
For four days, one of the league's biggest stars and most exciting players will personally instruct campers in areas such as performance and on-court skills training and nutrition.
And it was important for Griffin, an Oklahoma City native and Oklahoma Christian School product, to give back to the community that helped him grow into a star.
“Oklahoma, for me, really is my real home,” said Griffin, the No. 1 overall pick in 2008. “I've always wanted to do something in this state for kids by getting them involved in basketball and teaching them some stuff.”
Griffin averaged 22.5 points, 12.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists last season. He led all rookies in points, rebounds and double-doubles before becoming the first player since David Robinson in 1999 to unanimously win the Rookie of the Year award.
From his very first game, Griffin emerged as must-see player. His ability to throw down jaw-dropping dunks turned him into an immediate fan favorite and one of only a handful of NBA stars capable of providing a highlight at any moment.
But Griffin assures his camp will be about business and “a lot of learning.”
“It's not going to be one of those camps that are kind of for baby-sitting purposes,” Griffin said. “It's actually going to be a pretty competitive camp. But at the same time, kids are going to have fun and play games and all that. But we want to do some stuff where the kids actually take something away at the end of the week.”
Griffin will be assisted by trainers and instructors from Impact Basketball, a renowned training company that specializes in improving athleticism, strength and basketball skills of professionals and student-athletes. But Griffin says a few of his friends and teammates from college and the NBA might drop by as well.
“I'm going to have several guest speakers, some NBA guys and even some former NBA guys. So it'll be some good guys coming through throughout the week,” Griffin said.
Griffin said he has wanted to host a camp in the area for the last few summers but never could work out the logistics.
“To finally be able to get in and get it going, I'm looking forward to it,” Griffin said. “It's the first one, and I hope to keep doing it for many years.”
To sign up for Griffin's camp, go to impactbball.com or call 201-320-1820. The fee for each camper is $350.