Source: Mason-Griffin leaves OU
Source: Mason-Griffin leaves OU
Guard reportedly has no plans to return to campus.
By GUERIN EMIG World Sports Writer
Published: 3/22/2010 2:33 AM
Last Modified: 3/22/2010 10:02 AM
NORMAN — Tommy Mason-Griffin, who at times brought hope to an Oklahoma basketball season that gradually deteriorated, may have played his last game for the Sooners.
A source close to Mason-Griffin confirmed that the freshman point guard left last week, spring break week at OU, with no intention of returning.
Mason-Griffin could not be reached for comment. Coach Jeff Capel would not comment on Mason-Griffin specifically when reached through OU media relations. He indicated he planned to meet with all of his players upon returning from recruiting later this week.
The last time Mason-Griffin spoke about his future was after the Sooners' season-ending Big 12 Tournament loss to Oklahoma State March 10. Asked in the locker room if he planned to return for his sophomore season, he replied: "I'm not sure, but as of right now I am. I'll sit down with coach Capel and have conversations about certain things."
It is unclear if those conversations took place. Capel has spent much of his time on the recruiting trail since the season ended.
If Mason-Griffin is indeed done, it represents the latest hit for a program that has taken more than its share.
The Sooners finished their 13-18 season on a nine-game losing streak. Last week, a report that freshman forward Tiny Gallon received a $3,000 wire transfer from a Tampa-based financial adviser surfaced, putting his OU career in jeopardy. Guard Willie Warren is expected to turn pro, provided he recovers from his March 3 ankle surgery
There has been serious doubt about OU's entire roster, really, since an 83-68 loss to Kansas State Feb. 20, when Capel said: "Scholarships are not guaranteed for next year."
Mason-Griffin seemed to be safe at the time. He averaged 17 points to lead OU in conference play, while logging 39 or more minutes in 13 of the Sooners' last 16 games, when he showed signs of recovering from setbacks earlier in the season.
Mason-Griffin was late returning from Christmas break and did not start OU's games against Gonzaga Dec. 31 and Maryland Eastern Shore Jan. 4. Then he sat out the first half of the Sooners' Big 12 opener at Baylor Jan. 9 as a result of a practice fit.
He grew into somewhat of a comfort zone as the conference season progressed, but nobody ever seemed fully content.
Speaking of Mason-Griffin and Gallon in late January, Capel said: "Both of those guys still have a large ceiling for improving. It's just will they listen? Will they really understand that our job is to try to help them become better? That's young guys in general.
"A lot of these guys, when things aren't going the way they want them to go, or the way they anticipated them going, the natural reaction is to blame the coach. Or, 'He's not letting me play my game.' It's just listening and approaching every day as an opportunity to get better and not just 'OK, I want this day to get through. I hope this isn't too long a day.'"
Mason-Griffin, meanwhile, admitted it was tough adjusting to more rigorous practice and class demands than those he faced in high school. He also struggled at times meshing his game with Warren's, and with Capel's principle that the success of point guards is measured by wins, not statistics.
If Mason-Griffin does not return and Warren turns pro, it would leave OU without a scholarship point guard. That's a problem Capel would have to address during the late signing period beginning April 14.
Ultra extreme facepalm for Mr. Mason-Griffin
"Mason-Griffin, meanwhile, admitted it was tough adjusting to more rigorous practice and class demands than those he faced in high school."
That's what tends to happen when you get to college; practice and classes becomes more difficult. Practice is still gonna be tough if he transfers to another big-time school. As for his classwork, don't most of these student-athletes have free, specialized tutoring?
Pathetic. Just Pathetic...
If I had his Talent...That'd be the last thing I'd be complaining about.
Did he get a full on free ride? C'Mon Man..That's just Silly.
From the information we have it does seem ridiculous, but there could be something we don't know, so I believe there is no reason to pass judgment on his decision so fast.
He should transfer to Binghamton. He'd have more lax practices, easy classes and biddies than he could handle. I'm not getting off-topic, I'm just saying.................
He's getting HORRIBLE advise. There is no point in leaving early unless your going to be a 1st round pick guaranteed. There is a huge chance he goes undrafted. What a shame, I thought he could be a Jameer Nelson type of prospect. Now he's no different from a guy like Byron Eaton, except with less experience.
I've heard that it's his own decision. He's giving himsef bad advice.
He's not ready for the NBA. "Looking at a chubby 5-10 unathletic combo who can't finish around the rim, "potential" isn't 1st thing that comes to mind." Rofl some twitter post.
Khalid El-Amin is more like it. Matter of fact, he might not even be THAT good.