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By Scott Wright Modified: April 9, 2008 at 6:38 pm •  Published: April 9, 2008

And Griffin's decision will look much smarter if the NBA and NCAA come to an agreement on their desired rule change that would force players to stay in college for two years. Should that rule be enacted next season, it would eliminate any freshmen-to-be from skipping to the NBA after one year, thus diluting the draft pool.

Griffin said he didn't see the point of entering his name into the draft without an agent, only to withdraw it later.

Griffin's return greatly improves the outlook for the 2008-09 Sooners. McDonald's All-American guard Willie Warren has signed with OU and will boost the Sooners' perimeter play. Griffin's return gives them a powerful inside game to go with it.

Capel currently has one scholarship left to fill. He could use that to bring forward Keith Clark, who was declared academically ineligible and is currently attending Rose State College, back to the team.

Or Capel could use the scholarship for another player. The most attainable target seems to be 6-foot-7 swingman Juan Pattillo from the College of Southern Idaho. But Pattillo recently scheduled a visit to Kentucky, where his CSI teammate Kevin Galloway has committed to play.

Pattillo eliminated South Florida from his list of potential schools on Tuesday, according to his coach, Barret Peery. He will visit Kentucky this weekend and OU April 18-20.