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Make Way For Brittney (Part Two)
HOUSTON – Yesterday, we took a look at future Baylor Lady Bear Brittney Griner, a 6-foot-8 standout for the Nimitz Cougars. Griner, the Forward Times and All Greater Houston preseason player of the year also was the Co-MVP of District 19-5A.
Today, BASN takes an up-close and personal look at Griner.
Full Name: Brittney Griner.
High School: Nimitz (Cougars)
Head Coach: Debbie Jackson.
Grade:Senior. Position: Post .
Height/Weight: 6-feet-8, 200.
College Choice: Baylor Bears.
ACT Score: 18.
Parents: Raymond & Sandra Griner.
Siblings: Pier, Shekera, and DeCarlo.
Hobbies: Basketball, Volleyball
Q: How important was it for you in the recruiting process to go ahead and select the college that you wanted to attend?
A: It was very important. Baylor was the right choice so I committed early.
Q: Who else was in the running?
A: Connecticut, Tennessee, LSU, Texas A & M, North Carolina, and Duke.
Q: How old were you when you first started playing basketball?
A: 15 years old.
Q: What do you plan to major/minor in?
A: Criminal Justice/Sports Medicine.
Q: Have you considered the possiblility of playing professionally in the future?
A: Yes, I would like to play in the WNBA and overseas.
Q: What coaches have been instrumental in your development as a player?
A: Coach King, my Junior Varsity coach at Nimitz, Coach Amanda Barksdale, who’s now the assistant coach at Houston, Kim Rainey, and Coach Rob Amboree, the assistant coach at Bellaire.
Q: What are you looking forward to most in your final season?
A: Getting to the playoffs and getting past Cinco Ranch. They have knocked us out every year since my freshman year.
Q: Who will be some of the toughest opponents that you’ll face this season?
A: Eisenhower, Cinco Ranch, and various opponents in the HISD, Aldine, Cleveland, and Bryan Holiday Classic tournaments.
Q: What was your most memorable high school moment?
A: Our playoff victory over Westside.
Q: What are three words that best describe you as a player?
A: Determined, Athletic, and Endurance.
Q: How would you best describe yourself as a person?
Q: What is your pre-game ritual?
A: Listening to Lil Wayne
Q: What was the recruiting process like for you and how hectic was it at times?
A: It wasn’t that bad. I got a whole lot of letters and I’m still getting a whole lot of letters from schools that keep trying to get me.
Q: What hidden talent do you possess?
A: I’m good with computers and electronic devices. My father also taught me how to work on cars.
Q: If you had the opportunity to be placed on the cover of one sports magazine what would it be?
A: ESPN- the Magazine. It’s one of the top magazines.
Q: If you weren’t playing basketball, what other sport would you play?
A: Probably soccer or volleyball.
Q: Who are your biggest sports role models?
A: LeBron James and Tim Duncan.
Q: Name one thing that most people don’t know about you?
A: I once wanted to play tennis and become a boxer.
Q: What were the top three tournaments that you participated in during the summer?
A: Nike Nationals, Nike Tournament, and the Boo Williams Tournament in West Virginia.
Q: How exciting was it to get your first USA Basketball invitation to the 18 & under tryouts?
A: It was real exciting. I didn’t get to participate, because I previously had an AAU tournament scheduled.
Q: How do your parents feel about everything that you accomplished?
A: Its very special to see that our daughter has achieved so much success,” stated father, Raymond Griner. “She has achieved so much in such a short period of time.”
Actor-Vin Diesel and Samuel L. Jackson
Actress-Lisa Raye & Halle Berry
Musical Artist-Lil Wayne
Professional Basketball Player-LeBron James & Tim Duncan
Professional Basketball Team: New Orleans Hornets.