Suns Take Taylor Griffin in Second

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma

June 25, 2009

NORMAN, Okla. - What a night for OU men's basketball and for the Griffin family.  Approximately four hours after Blake Griffin was selected No. 1 overall in the NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers, older brother Taylor Griffin was taken in the second round by the Phoenix Suns with the 48th overall pick.

Taylor Griffin, a senior last year at Oklahoma who averaged 9.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.0 blocked shot per game for the 30-6 Sooners, was elated with the night's outcome.

"This is your dream," said the 6-7, 238-pound forward from a suite at New York's Madison Square Garden.  "As far as Blake and I being taken in same draft -- you can imagine maybe playing in college together, but never in million years did I really imagine both of us being drafted on the same night."

Griffin, who ranks fifth in OU history in games played and 10th in blocked shots, said his affinity for the Suns as a kid made tonight's selection even more satisfying.

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"Phoenix was actually a favorite team of mine growing up, so that's kind of cool," he commented.  "I loved watching them play when I was in high school. 

"I think I can fit in well there.  I'm not sure what they want to do with me.  I have a chance to show them what I can do on their summer league team.  They've also talked about possibly sending me overseas.  We'll have to wait and see what happens."

Griffin added, "I have a lot that people haven't seen yet.  With my work ethic, I think I have a chance to do some really good things."

Griffin, who said that he did not work out for the Suns, learned early in the second round that they might go after him.

"I think they were on about the 35th pick when my agent called me and told me they were seriously considering me for the 48th.  Then he called me back and wasn't sure.  He said that Utah also liked me at 50."

Phoenix is coached by Alvin Gentry and finished 48-36 last season, two games out of the playoffs.

This marks the first time since 1989 that two Sooners were taken in the same NBA Draft (Stacey King was the No. 6 overall pick and Mookie Blaylock was the No. 12 selection).