MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Sophomore forward Blake Griffin played his last game for Oklahoma on Sunday, or so we all assume. Griffin had 23 points and 16 rebounds, but the Sooners dropped a 72-60 decision to likely 2009 national champion North Carolina in the South Regional finals. Griffin was brilliant, his teammates were not, and that’s not nearly good enough to beat a talented group of Tar Heels. During his opening remarks at the post-game news conference, Sooners coach Jeff Capel asked media to refrain from asking Griffin questions about him potentially declaring for the NBA Draft. "We’ll get to that at the appropriate time," Capel said. "He’s hurting right now. I’m sure that’s the furthest thing from his mind. So, thanks." Capel obviously has earned much respect from the media, because they heeded his request. After Griffin left the podium and returned to OU’s tiny locker room in the FedExForum, he was surrounded by roughly 25 reporters and that’s when the subject was broached. Griffin said he preferred not to discuss the matter, but opened up a bit toward the end. "I’ll sit down with coach Capel in a week or two," Griffin said. "I’ll know sometime before the deadline." The deadline for an underclassman to declare for the NBA Draft is April 26 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time. The deadline to withdraw from the draft is June 15 at 5 p.m. Eastern. This year’s NBA Draft is June 25. Any chance Griffin will return to the Sooners? "There’s always a chance," Griffin said. A reporter from Memphis said local fans would like him to play for the Grizzlies. "I like Memphis. It’s cool," Griffin said. "I’ve played here before (in a summer tournament), not in the FedExForum, in a tournament. It’s a cool city." It was a tearful post-game interview session for Capel, Griffin and older brother Taylor Griffin, who were seated side-by-side. When Taylor was asked what it was like to play alongside his little brother for two seasons at OU, he was too emotional to speak. Ten minutes later, away from the bright lights and microphones, a more composed Taylor tried again. "It’s been incredible being able to play with somebody you’re that close to," Taylor said of Blake. "You’re close to all your teammates. Our team always talks about how we’re a family, how we’re like brothers. But it’s different having your actual brother on the same team. It’s been a blast, and it’s been something we’ve both appreciated as we’ve gone through it. "As the years go by, it’s something we’ll both appreciate even more." On Friday morning at the Final Four in Detroit, Griffin will be given his national player of the year awards from the United States Basketball Writers Association and The Associated Press. Griffin should be a unanimous choice by every organization that hands out such an award. Until he renders his decision, Griffin will continue to be hounded by the NBA Draft question. Really, there is no decision to make. When you’re clearly the best player in college and you’re tabbed as the unquestioned No. 1 overall draft pick, you go pro no matter what your classification in college. Griffin’s self-effacing post-game remarks were admirable and predictable, coming from him. Now it’s time for Griffin to move on to basketball’s biggest stage, because he’s outgrown this one. John Rohde: 475-3099. John Rohde can be heard Monday-Friday from 6-7 p.m. on The Sports Animal Network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1.