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Blake Griffin's decision to return to OU gives the Sooners some star pieces to 2008-09 puzzle. But why did he do it?

By Scott Wright Modified: April 10, 2008 at 12:16 am •  Published: April 10, 2008
NORMAN — University of Oklahoma basketball star Blake Griffin sat in a campus computer lab late Wednesday morning to find the computer's Internet browser displaying the home page. There, he found a poll asking readers if they believed the Sooners' talented freshman would stay in college or turn pro.

It was still a couple hours before the scheduled news conference in which Griffin would answer that for good, but on his computer screen, he clicked "stay in college.”

"I wanted to make it accurate,” Griffin said, flashing his childish grin.

The 19-year-old Sooner standout announced Wednesday he would turn down the chance to be a multimillionaire to stay at OU another season.

Griffin cited several reasons that were both personal and team-oriented.

"(We have) the chance to have a great team next year, to be better and improve upon last year,” Griffin said during the news conference at the Kerr-McGee Courtside Club adjacent to Lloyd Noble Center. "(I can) get better individually and be more prepared for when I do leave, to be ready to come in and actually make a difference and contribute on an NBA roster.”

Griffin said he came to his decision early this week and spoke with coach Jeff Capel.

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