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OU Notebook: Griffin brothers go together — again

Oklahoman Modified: June 28, 2009 at 7:04 pm •  Published: June 28, 2009

While Blake Griffin's status as the top pick in the NBA Draft was long cemented, brother Taylor's place was unknown.

Speculation ranged from Taylor being taken late in the second round, to not at all.

But when the Phoenix Suns took Taylor with pick No. 48 in Round 2, the brothers were together again, in the Western Conference, if not on the same team.

"This is your dream," Taylor said. "As far as Blake and I being taken in the same draft... you can imagine maybe playing college together, but never in a million years did I really imagine both of us being drafted on the same night."

It marked the first time OU produced more than one player drafted in the same season and gave the Big 12 its first brother tandem in conference history.

Taylor said he's out to continue making his mark.

"I have a lot that people haven't seen yet," Taylor said.

Stoops Would Take Taylor

OU football coach Bob Stoops got a charge watching the Griffin brothers drafted Thursday night.

"It's really exciting," Stoops said. "I love Blake. I love Taylor, love watching him, the way he played. I would have loved to have had him as a tight end."

Stoops said he'd have taken them both but might have taken Taylor first in his own draft of the Griffins.

"People ask me," Stoops said, "'Would you rather have Blake?' I think Blake's too big. I'd rather have Taylor."

Not that there wouldn't be a place for Blake.

"D-end or tight end, one of the two outside positions," Stoops said. "He'd have been special."


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