freshman phenom

Sometimes you just know that certain people are destined for greatness. I feel that way about Brittney Griner, a freshman center on the Baylor University women’s basketball team. Griner stands 6’8″ and wears a men’s size 17 shoe. In 2009, she was the nation’s number one player by Rivals.com and she was selected to the McDonald’s All-American High School Girls basketball team.

Currently, Griner holds the Big 12 Conference single-season blocks record (133) and the Big 12 record for blocks in a game (11). She is also the first woman to dunk in Big 12 competition. She can dunk it one-handed. She can even do a 360 dunk. If you type her name into any web search engine, you’ll find video of her dunking on high school and college opponents. She recorded her first collegiate dunk against Jacksonville State on November 24, 2009. Her second and third dunks came against Texas State on January 2, 2010. She is only the second woman to dunk twice in a college game behind Tennessee’s Candace Parker.

It will be fun to follow her career for the next several years. One day, I’m sure she will hoist a WNBA trophy or even a United States Olympic gold medal.

-scott weaver

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