Blake Griffin to be featured on ESPN’s ‘Rookie’

Mel Bracht Modified: June 9, 2009 at 1:19 am •  Published: June 9, 2009
Former OU basketball star Blake Griffin is being featured in the second season of ESPN’s "The Rookie,” consisting of three webisodes on ESPN.com and a half-hour special June 30 on ESPNU and ESPN2.

The first three- to five-minute webisode will debut Wednesday and focus on the NBA Draft Lottery in Secaucus, N.J., on May 19, producer Ron Wechsler said.

"Blake does workouts in New York City, some charity stuff and he does the viewing (of the lottery) at the ESPNZone in Times Square,” he said.

The half-hour special on June 30, which will air at 6 p.m. on ESPNU and 10 p.m. on ESPN2, will focus on the June 25 draft in which Griffin is expected to be taken No. 1 by the Los Angeles Clippers.

"We will basically be following 24 hours in the life of Blake as he prepares for the draft and 12 hours after,” Wechsler said.

Wechsler said he is impressed with Griffin’s character, including his work ethic.

"He is a guy who has gotten every drip of his athletic talent maximized,” he said. "He’s also an extremely polished and polite guy.”

The first season of "The Rookie” focused on former Kansas State star Michael Beasley, selected No. 2 by the Miami Heat in 2008.