Brittney Griner

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August 19, 2022

Brittney Yevette Griner (Houston, Texas, October 18, 1990) is an American basketball player who currently plays for the Phoenix Mercury of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). He played in the college basketball league with Baylor University in Waco (Texas). She was the first NCAA basketball player to score 2,000 points and block 500 shots. In 2012, the three-time All-American was named the AP Player of the Year and Final Four Most Outstanding Player. He is 2.03m tall, uses size 17 thighs and has a wingspan of 2.2m. In addition to being one of the best players in the WNBA, Griner is popular for making frequent plays. In 2009, Griner was named the No. 1 high school women's basketball player in the nation by Rivals.com. Griner was also selected to the McDonald's All-American basketball team. In 2012 she was awarded the ESPY Award as the best female athlete.

Biography

In an interview with Sports Illustrated on April 17, 2013, Griner came out publicly as gay, even though his college coach asked him not to make it public, and he confessed to being bullied as a child. He got married in 2019 with who is currently his wife, Cherelle Watson, whom he met when they were both studying at Baylor University. On February 17, 2022, after the suspension of all Russian teams by the Euroleague due to the war of Russia with Ukraine, Griner was detained in Moscow, Russia, as she was about to fly back to the United States, at Sheremetyevo International Airport, customs found hash oil cartridges in her luggage. , after more than 6 months in detention, Griner was sentenced to 9 years in prison and one million rubles (about 16,000 euros), after pleading guilty to transporting cannabis oil.

Career

University

Statistics

WNBA

Phoenix Mercury

Brittney Griner was selected in the first round (1st overall) of the 2013 WNBA Draft by the Phoenix Mercury, she made her Mercury debut on May 27, 2013 against the Chicago Sky with 17 points, 8 rebounds, one assist, one stolen ball and 4 caps. In this game, she became the first WNBA player to make a layup since Candace Parker in 2008, as well as the first rookie to do so on her debut day. She also set a record for most strikeouts by a woman in a major league game, with two.

Statistics

Regular season

Awards, records and merits

WNBA Champion (2014) 4-time WNBA leader in shots (2013-2016) Member of the WNBA All-Team (2014) Member of the WNBA Second Team (2015) 2-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year (2014 and 2015) 3-time WNBA All-Star (2013-2015) NCAA Champion (2012) NCAA Championship Player of the Year (2012) AP Player of the Year (2012) 2-time 1st Team All-American AP (2011 & 2012) AP All-American 2nd Team (2010) 2 times Wade Player of the Year Award (2012 and 2013) 3-time Big Ten Player of the Year (2011, 2012 and 2013) 3-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year (2011, 2012 and 2013) McDonald's All-American (2009)

References

External links

WNBA Profile