Blake Austin Griffin is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association . He played college basketball for the Oklahoma Sooners, when he was named the Consensus National Player of the Year as a sophomore. Griffin was selected first overall by the Clippers in the 2009 NBA draft, and has since been a fivetime NBA AllStar and a fourtime AllNBA selection.
Griffin was born on March 16, 1989, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to Tommy, who is of AfroHaitian descent, and Gail Griffin, who is white. His father was a basketball center and track standout at Northwestern Oklahoma State University. Griffin and his older brother, Taylor Griffin, were homeschooled by their mother from first grade until Taylor was in the tenth grade and Blake was in eighth. Growing up, Griffin was good friends with Sam Bradford, for the Philadelphia Eagles. Bradfords father owned a gym where Blake and Taylor played basketball. Before deciding to focus on basketball, Griffin also played baseball as a first baseman and football as a wide receiver, safety, and tight end.