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Brittney Griner

School

Baylor

Position
Center
Major
General Studies
PPG
22.8
RPG
8.5
APG
1.9

Classroom

Griner is a General Studies major with an emphasis in outdoor recreation.

Character

Griner is an outstanding role model for young people. She always takes the time, whether after a game or in the community, to accommodate fans. She is a great example of cordiality and humbleness.

Community

The Houston native has volunteered in the community with Care Bear Drive, reading to local elementary school students, participating in the Autism walk and the South Bosque basketball clinic.

Competition

As a junior, Griner led Baylor to an undefeated record en route to Big 12 regular and postseason titles and the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship. The Lady Bears became the first collegiate basketball team, men’s or women’s, to finish their season with a 40-0 record. Griner earned unanimous national player of the year and All-America honors as well as ESPY awards for Female Athlete of the Year and college Female Athlete of the Year. She was the Big 12 leader in scoring (23.2 ppg), blocked shots (5.15 bpg) and field goal percentage (.609) while ranking No. 2 in rebounding (9.5 rpg) and No. 6 in free throw percentage (.800). Nationally, she ranked first in blocks, No. 2 in field goal percentage, No. 7 in scoring and No. 37 in rebounding. Griner is the first player in NCAA history to score more than 2,000 career points and block more than 500 shots. She needs 65 rejections as a senior to become the NCAA’s all-time blocks leader. Griner currently ranks No. 1 on the Big 12’s career blocked shots list (599), No. 2 in triple-doubles (4) and scoring average (21.7), No. 4 in points scored (2,425) and No. 6 in double-doubles (43). Griner was the Most Outstanding Performer in the 2012 NCAA Women’s Final Four, earned the women’s basketball Honda Award and won the Wade Trophy, Wooden Award, Naismith Trophy and AP National Player of the Year. She also garnered the USBWA Ann Meyers Drysdale National Player of the Year award, as well as Defensive Player of the Year honors from the WBCA. Griner swept the Big 12 Player and Defensive Player of the Year awards, and was named the Most Outstanding Player in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship. She played on the 2011 European Tour with USA Basketball where she averaged 12.8 points and 7.3 rebounds. Griner holds a streak of 80 straight double-figure scoring games and 110 of 112 over her three-year career. She has seven dunks to her credit, including two during the Lady Bears’ 2012 NCAA title run, becoming just the second woman to dunk in NCAA Tournament play.