When Brittney Griner started playing basketball at Houston’s Nimitz High School as a freshman, she was already pretty tall for a girl her age. She was already 6 feet, and over the last few years she’s continued growing. And when I say continued growing, I mean like a tree on steroids. Here’s a picture of Brittney now:
She’s currently 6′8″ and absolutely dominating the girls high school basketball scene in Houston - and nationally as well, since she’s considered the number one recruit in the Class of 2009. Using her size, Brittney has averaged 27.1 points, 12.6 rebounds, and an incredible 9.4 blocks per game, all while shooting 68.9 percent from the floor. Brittney has actually outscored the opposing team in more than half of Nimitz’s games this season, and not surprisingly the school is the #1 ranked team in Texas. Oh, and as if she isn’t dominant enough already, doctors say she’s still growing.
From the HOUSTON CHRONICLE:
She’s 6-foot-8, and doctors tell her she’s still growing. She wears size-17 shoes. She has an 86-inch wingspan. The only way Griner can keep heads from turning and crowds from buzzing is to shut herself in her house, and that’s no way for a basketball prodigy to live.
“It helps a lot that I’m just real comfortable with my height,” Griner said. “Some girls when they’re tall, they have a real hard time dealing with their height and their confidence level. When I started getting tall, I just wanted to keep growing.”
Now as you’d expect with someone of Brittney’s height, dunking isn’t exactly a problem. Unlike most women who are able to dunk now, though, Brittney doesn’t need a running start. She can throw down without taking a single step, and she can do it backwards if you like.
The question is,
is Brittney a man if Brittney keeps growing at this rate, could she one day be the first female to have a legitimate shot at playing in the NBA instead of the WNBA? I mean, if players like Raef LaFrentz can keep finding spots on rosters, you have to like her chances.*
*I don’t know if she actually does, but I don’t want to say she can’t since I know she could kick my ass.
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