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Their mother Gail says Taylor is typically the "quiet reserved one", and Blake is their "born to have fun kid". Their mother Gail says Taylor is typically the "quiet reserved one", and Blake is their "born to have fun kid".
T-ball was the first organized sport the Griffin brothers played T-ball was the first organized sport the Griffin brothers played
Gail and Tommy Griffin at their home in northwest Oklahoma City. Gail and Tommy Griffin at their home in northwest Oklahoma City.
When the Griffins go somewhere as a family they know they're going to "stand out a little bit" because of their height, Blake said. When the Griffins go somewhere as a family they know they're going to "stand out a little bit" because of their height, Blake said.

By Audrey Esther and Darren Brown, News9.com INsite Team

From dominating in their driveway to dominating the Big 12, a lot has changed for Sooner standouts Blake and Taylor Griffin.

The brothers began playing organized sports at age 6. But even at an early age it wasn't all basketball all the time. The current sports season was always their favorite, their parents said.

"They were really good at football, they were really good baseball players, good at soccer - whatever they set their minds to," their father Tommy Griffin said.

The decided favorite now is basketball and the Griffin brothers are arguably OU favorites. Taylor, 22, a junior forward known for his all around offensive skills. 

"He's learned how to be a leader not to be a really loud leader, but just to be a leader," Tommy said.

Taylor's younger brother Blake, a freshman and one of the highest rated, most decorated OU recruits ever.

"We've watched him mature so rapidly during his senior year in high school and then this year," his mother Gail Griffin said.

With all that talent comes pressure and expectation, especially for 19-year-old Blake. Recently he's fielded questions about a possible NBA career.

"I'm not going to make the decision during the season," Blake said. "The decision is going to come after the season."

All family members, including Blake, agree becoming a 19-year-old professional athlete would be a huge change and requires more consideration.

"He's young and that's a huge decision for someone his age," his mother Gail said. 

 

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