Make Way For Brittney (Part One)

By Yolande Lezine
Updated: November 13, 2008

HOUSTON — Brittney Griner’s list of accomplishments is long and impressive, but despite the All-American honors and Division I offers, the future Lady Bears basketball player has some unfinished business to take care of.

The senior post has led the Nimitz Cougars to the area-semifinals for the past two seasons. Despite Griner’s 25 points, 12.4 rebounds, and 6.5 blocks per game last season, Cinco Ranch has become a roadblock for the Lady Cougars.

“I’m looking forward to playing Cinco Ranch in College Station during the Christmas holidays,” Griner said. “They always manage to beat us in the playoffs to end our season.”

Griner, the Forward Times and All Greater Houston preseason player of the year definitely has all of the ingredients to lead her team back. Dominating in the paint, she had 12 triple-doubles last season as well as five or more dunks per game.

The Co-MVP of District 19-5A, Griner scored 29 points, 13 rebounds, 11 blocks and 9 assists in a bi-district playoff victory vs. Westside. Griner along with point guard Jessica Diamond lead a experienced team that is hungry for more.

There’s not too many places that Griner can go where she isn’t noticed. The tall, 6-foot-8, 200-pound post is approached every where she goes. After a summer AAU game in Virgina she was swarmed by several hundred people who just wanted to meet her and get autographs and stuff.

“Me and Brittney’s coach had to go and rescue my daughter after an AAU game in Virgina,” Raymond Griner said. “It’s just amazing the attention she gets on a day-to-day basis, but I’m greatful that she doesn’t let it go to her head.”

The youngest of four children, Griner pays attention to all of the national, state, and local attention that she gets, but she remains very humble when asked about it.

“Its nice to get all of the attention and stuff, but I’m not really concerned about that,” Griner stated. “I just want to do what I can to help my team win.”

In the ninth grade Brittney Griner was nearly six-feet tall , and believe it or not she’s actually still growing. The native Houstonian never played organized basketall until the 9th grade. She has received a lot of accoladees throughout the years, but feels that she wouldn’t have had the success that she’s had if it weren’t for her parents.

“My parents have had the biggest influence on me throughtout my career,” Griner said. “I’ve been real fortunate to have someone in the stands throughout my career.”

Griner’s parents, Raymond & Sandra Griner were keeping a close watch this past Wednesday, as Brittney signed her national letter of intent to play for Coach Kim Mulkey and the Baylor Lady Bears in Waco. Griner said that she knew Baylor was the right choice for her and that’s why she committed early as a sophomore.

The location, the university’s academic program and the success of their athletics programs where the top three factors in choosing her new home for the next four years.

The third time will hopefully be the charmer for Griner and the Nimitz Lady Cougars as they attempt to win the Class 5A State Championship crown.

NEXT: A closer look at the Baylor-bound senior.