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Tommy Mason-Griffin says he’s turning pro

By Jake Trotter, Staff Writer, jtrotter@opubco.com Modified: March 24, 2010 at 12:23 am •  Published: March 24, 2010
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NORMAN — Tommy Mason-Griffin put an end to all speculation.

The Oklahoma freshman point guard is turning pro.

Mason-Griffin made the announcement late Tuesday night on his Facebook page.

"On a mission,” he wrote. "Its a official dat i am leavin skool and enterin draft. … i aint doin anotha yr.”

Mason-Griffin’s departure comes as a devastating blow to coach Jeff Capel’s rebuilding efforts after the school’s first losing season in 29 years.

The former McDonald’s All-American averaged 14.1 points and 5.0 assists a game during his freshman season at OU while earning third-team All-Big 12 honors.

Down the stretch, after guard Willie Warren underwent season-ending arthroscopic surgery on his ankle, Mason-Griffin handled the point guard duties almost exclusively. In OU’s final 16 games, Mason-Griffin sat the bench a combined total of 17 minutes.

As OU closed the season with nine consecutive losses, Mason-Griffin was one of the team’s few bright spots, setting freshman school records for assists and 3-point baskets.

But Mason-Griffin also had his share of problems at OU.

After returning late from Christmas break, he did not start during OU’s games against Gonzaga on Dec.