Brittney Griner is a professional basketball player in the WNBA, who is currently playing for the Phoenix Mercury as the center player. Griner gained recognition when Phoenix became champion in 2014 and she became the WNBA Defensive Player of the Year for two consecutive years. She was also able to receive an endorsement contract with Nike in 2013.
When Brittney Yevette Griner was in high school, she attended Nimitz High School and became the school varsity player for women’s basketball and volleyball. She had also practiced with the football team to improve her leg work. When she was a junior, she uploaded a video of her dunks which received more than 6 million views on YouTube. This even led her to meet the legendary Shaquille O’Neal.
Griner committed to play for Baylor University and even in her freshman season, she already marked history for being one of the greatest blockers. As she competed in the NCAA Tournament, she set a record of 14 blocks in a winning match against Georgetown Hoyas. By the following year, she received a First Team All-American honor after recording 23 points per game. In 2012, she was included in the Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player.
Griner later joined the 2013 WNBA Draft, where she was selected 1st overall by the Phoenix Mercury. As a freshman, she became a stronghold for her teammates when she debuted in May 2013.
In 2014, her performance improved as she was able to score 15.6 points per game with 8.0 rebounds and 3.7 blocks. In the same season, she became the player with the most number of blocks, exceeding Tulsa Shock’s record.
Apart from WNBA, she was also part of the national team to compete in the Summer Olympics in 2016. She was also part of the Zhejiang Golden Bulls in China and UMMC Ekaterinburg in Russia.
Currently, Griner was detained after the Russian Federal Customs Service found a vape cartridge with hashish oil. However, in her defense, she was prescribed medical cannabis by her doctor.
- 2012 NCAA Champion
- 2012 AP Player of the Year
- 2012, 2013 Wade Trophy Player of theYear
- 2013 WNBA All-Rookie Team
- 2014 WNBA Champion
- 2014, 2015 WNBA Defensive Player ofthe Year
- 2021 WNBA 25th Anniversary Team