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Another Honor For Brittney
HOUSTON — The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced that Nimitz High School senior Brittney Griner has been named as the 2009 State Farm/WBCA High School Player of the Year.
The 6-foot-8, 200-pound. post player averaged 27.4 points, 13.2 rebounds, 10.7 blocks, 3.0 steals, and 2.8 assists in route to a 31-1 regular season record. She also had 52 dunks through 32 games this season.
The WBCA presents this award annually to the top player in each of the five WBCA collegiate divisions (NCAA Divisions I, II, III, NAIA and JC/CC) and high school.
Griner is currently ranked No. 1 in the country by ESPN HoopGurlz and many other publications. She holds the national record for most blocks in a single game with 25, which was set on November 11, 2008 versus Alief Hastings.
“Being named the 2009 WBCA Player of the Year is very special,” Brittney Griner stated. “There are a lot of great high school basketball players across the country, and to be named the best of the best is very humbling.”
Griner, who has been on the cover of ESPN Rise Magazine, is often seen firing up the crowd with one of her signature dunks. She set a record for the number of dunks in a game this season with seven vs. the Aldine Mustangs on January 23.
She has recorded 18 triple-doubles in 32 games and she has had 20 games of scoring 20-plus points. She has had nine games of scoring 30-plus points per game and she has recorded a record 20 games of averaging double-digit blocks.
“The WBCA is thrilled to present Brittney Griner with the State Farm/WBCA High School Player of the Year Award,” WBCA CEO Beth Bass said. “She has had a tremendous season, and we look forward to watching her compete at the next level”.
Griner signed to play college basketball with the 2005 NCAA Champion Baylor Bears, who are currently ranked seventh in the Top 25 Women’s Division.
The State Farm/WBCA Player of the Year Award is selected by the 11-member WBCA High School Player of the Year Committee, which consists of one WBCA-member coach from each of the nine WBCA high school districts, the present committee chair and the past committee chair.
Griner will be formally honored on Saturday, April 4, during the WBCA High School All America Game presented by Nike at Washington University’s Athletic Complex in St. Louis, Missouri. The game is part of the 2009 WBCA National Convention held in conjunction with the NCAA Women’s Final Four.