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Oklahoma roster in state of uncertainty

Posted on: March 24, 2010 11:31 am

Oklahoma coach Jeff Capel confirmed Wednesday that freshman point guard Tommy Mason-Griffin is leaving school after one season to pursue a professional career.

"Tommy visited with his family over spring break last week, and he informed me that he is going to pursue a professional basketball career," Capel said. I thank him for his contributions this season and wish him success."

Mason-Griffin averaged 14.1 points and 5.0 assists in 35.7 minutes per game this season. He's projected as a second-round pick at best, and it's possible the Houston native could go undrafted. In another development, Capel said sophomore Ray Willis is transferring out of the program and that it remains unclear whether sophomore Willie Warren will enter the NBA Draft, though many expect Warren to test the waters and leave school if he's a projected first-round pick. Meantime, most believe Keith "Tiny" Gallon will also enter the NBA Draft, but the freshman forward has not announced those plans yet.
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Since: Nov 30, 2007
Posted on: March 25, 2010 5:09 pm

Oklahoma roster in state of uncertainty

Spend 5 minutes looking at TMG's facebook comments. You will know why OU stunk this season. Capel picked a total loser to run the point. Hey Tommy, you might have talent, but you can't spell team. And if you could spell team, you sure wouldn't know the meaning.

Since: Oct 31, 2009
Posted on: March 25, 2010 10:36 am

Oklahoma roster in state of uncertainty

I almost forgot Oklahoma had an athletics department

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: March 25, 2010 3:35 am

Mason-Griffin must have ROCKS in his head.

Watching Big 12 basketball this year gives no sane person cause to think Gallon or Mason-Griffin is ready or even will ever be ready for the NBA.
While Warren has some NBA type skills those other 2 must have something else pushing them out. Mason-Griffin looked less than top skilled in high school all-star games after his senior year. He does not seem to get far off the ground at any time. Mason-Griffin is a solid but average passer. He would have trouble making a D-League roster. Family money problems mean nothing if he does not look like the NBA is too high a level for him for him.
Gallon is thick and could be powerful but he is too short to play center in the NBA without better skills, and he seems too slow to play forward. His skill level is nowhere near an Elton Brand or that type of player. It is very hard to rate his prospects but it does not look good.
What is stunning is Capel not expressing any wish for Mason-Griffin to reconsider and any thought that he would be welcome back. That is more telling of how Capel may have no problem with Mason-Griffin freeing up a spot of the Sooners roster. No reason to know but that does lead to guess Mason-Griffin is not one of the following: student or team player.

Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: March 24, 2010 11:40 pm

TMZ report on Tiny Gallon taking $$$ from agent

why isn;t anyone covering this? He;s busted.

Since: Feb 27, 2007
Posted on: March 24, 2010 6:29 pm

Oklahoma roster in state of uncertainty

Tommy, you're way better than a 2nd round draft pick. You were going to develop into THE or ONE OF THE 3 best PG in college next year. 

Wonder if it was grades or needed to feed the family? If so they better like european food! Hopefully Parrish is wrong on the projection. I see him as a lottery pick. Just not this year. 

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: March 24, 2010 3:31 pm

Oklahoma roster in state of uncertainty

I only watched a little of Oklahoma this season, and you can see there was some talent there. Gallon, I think, could be a lot better than people expect at the next level. I only saw a little bit of him, but from what I saw, the kid knows how to score on the block. The main problem was that Oklahoma rarely looked for him. He does have seasoning to do, but I could see him getting drafted. Mason-Griffin has talent too, but there are just too many good point guards out there. I would be surprised if he gets drafted, and even if he does, it will just be a flyer hoping that with a few years in the D-League he will become a solid player. I really think all three of these guys could really improve a lot with more time in college and therefore end up getting drafted much higher. But then again, if they are as selfish as everyone seems to be saying, they might not have improved that much anyway. Also, be carfeful of labelling all three of these guys as selfish. Maybe they were selfish as players this year, I wouldn't know about that, but the only one who has made his decision to leave is Mason-Griffin. Don't assume the other two are going to do the same thing and label them as selfish prematurely.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: March 24, 2010 2:17 pm

Oklahoma roster in state of uncertainty

i respectfully disagree with you guys, somewhat.  You "may" be correct.  But remember, the NBA doesnt draft on how good the player did last season.  They look at the player's upside.  So these two freshman who go (if tiny goes), might be drafted because of their possible talent.  I think if gallon and warren go into the draft, both of them will get drafted.  but not mason-griffin.  if he does it will be late second round.

Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: March 24, 2010 1:46 pm

Oklahoma roster in state of uncertainty

Yeah, there's no possible way that a 13-18 team (4-12 in the conference) had 3 NBA-calibre players.  At least 2 of the 3 are clearly delusional, and my money is on the 2 freshmen.  Warren had a lot of potential coming off his Freshman year, but couldn't do much with it this year... which may have been his supporting cast, or it may be he regressed some.  I don't know which.  But he does have skills, so it'll be interesting to see where he's projected if he decides to test the waters.  I just hope he's wise enough to not sign an agent, so he can pull out if it looks bad.

As for the other two, either one of them would be lucky to get drafted at all, and I don't see either of them being able to stick on an NBA roster without a couple more years of seasoning.  If they do get picked, they'll probably be spending a few years in the D-league, trying to work their way up.  More likely they'll get passed over, and have to try to latch on in Europe or South America someplace.

Since: Sep 14, 2008
Posted on: March 24, 2010 1:23 pm

And the wind come sweeping down the plains....

O K L A H O M A ....Oklahoma! OK! Wow. The more you hear about these players the more you wonder how they won any games at all this year. What a bunch of unrealistic, selfish, cry-babies. I feel a bit sorry for Capel. It is more and more obvious this team was just uncoachable.

None of them look good enough to play in the NBA anytime in the near future. These McDonald's All American's went from "you da man!" to "you want fries with that man?".

Since: May 6, 2008
Posted on: March 24, 2010 1:07 pm

Oklahoma roster in state of uncertainty

I think everyone understands why OU had such a poor season now.  Their roster seemed to think they should be in the NBA and not in college.  I don't think Warren will go in the first and I wouldn't even draft the other two.  Why would any NBA team want a bunch of selfish children that couldn't even produce a .500 season.  I for one will not miss any of these players and I hope Capel pays a little more attention to attitude when he recruits. 

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