With an expansive list of schools recruiting Blake Griffin of Oklahoma Christian High School in Edmond, Okla., Griffin, a 6-foot-8, 230-pound forward, is expanding his game this year.
"I'm playing pretty good, better than earlier this season," said Griffin, the No. 55 ranked prospect in the class of 2007. "I was finishing inside but wasn't hitting the step out jumper as well as I would have liked. I'm shooting it a lot better now after getting a lot of shots up over the Christmas break."
Ranked No. 1 in Class AA and with a record of 17-1, Oklahoma Christian is paced by Griffin's 21 points, 13.5 rebounds and 5 assists per game.
Primarily playing in the post, Griffin is not only stepping out for jumpers, he is also running the point during the stretch run of games.
"Usually I'm on the block for our team unless I have a miss-match that I can take advantage of on the perimeter," he said. "I'm even running the point at the end of the game when we are being pressured."
With offers from Kansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Illinois, Baylor and Wichita State, Griffin his keeping his options open and refraining from naming leaders. However, he does have strong ties to the Big 12, being from Oklahoma and having his older brother Tyler Griffin on the Oklahoma roster.
"I grew up watching the Big 12 and am used to the conference and know the teams," he said. "I'm comfortable with the Big 12, but I'm not going to worry to much about it when I choose a school."
Three Big 12 schools have already received visits from Griffin.
"I've visited Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, and I went to Kansas last weekend," he said. "I watched the Oklahoma game and got to look around the campus. The game was fun, and I like Kansas. It was a fun place."
Blake Griffin scouting report:
A workhorse around the basket, Griffin has the strength, athleticism and competitiveness to be a great rebounder. He also has a soft touch in the paint and a surprisingly high comfort level with the ball for such a physical player. Griffin has the potential to be a legitimate inside/outside threat at the high-major level.