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The Blake Griffin effect: Griffin starting to attract big-time recruits to OU

By John Helsley, jhelsley@opubco.com Published: February 9, 2009
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pefully, this is something we can continue to get really good players.”

The Sooners have it going, ranked No. 2 nationally and owning the nation’s best record at 23-1.

This is how you keep it going, even when you lose a Griffin, who in less than two full seasons has already pushed himself into the conversation of the greatest OU basketball players ever.

Rivals.com ranks the Sooners’ recruiting class at No. 11, with Gallon, Mason-Griffin and center Andrew Fitzgerald all Top 100 players nationally.

Mason-Griffin, ranked No. 66 overall, gives Capel his first true point man at OU.

Gallon, at No. 31, is a 6-foot-9, 290-pounder who hit six 3-pointers in one game this season. He’s averaging 18 points and 9.4 boards for Oak Hill Academy (Va.), the nation’s fourth-ranked team by USA Today.

Getting a McDonald’s All-American used to be big news for the Sooners.

Now it’s becoming standard, in multiple even.

Getting Griffin keeps paying off. And keeps paying it forward.