Griffin’s legacy: Blake elevated OU’s brand

By John Helsley Modified: April 13, 2009 at 4:48 am •  Published: April 13, 2009
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Blake Griffin’s place among Oklahoma basketball greats stands cemented, with the only argument whether he’s No. 1, 2 or 3 when stacked with Wayman Tisdale and Alvan Adams.

Gauging Griffin’s ultimate legacy, however, must wait.

Sooners coach Jeff Capel has long held that he envisioned the program taking off when Griffin committed to the Sooners in the summer of 2006.

Griffin’s presence prompted Willie Warren’s arrival in Norman, which led to the signing of Keith "Tiny” Gallon and Tommy Mason-Griffin, the first pair of McDonald’s All-Americans signed at OU in one recruiting class.

While the Sooners stayed in the spotlight through the Elite Eight, Griffin’s personal highlight reel played across America, elevating the OU brand on many levels.

"If you look at how much we were on TV,” Capel said, "if you look at how much we were on the highlights this year, the SportsCenter Top 10, because of him, because of plays that he makes. All those things help you in recruiting.”

Tisdale’s legacy carried on, providing the boost to the Billy Tubbs-era takeoff, then later coming back around when Griffin signed with the Sooners and requested Tisdale’s famed No.


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