Make Way For Brittney (Part Two)

By Yolande Lezine
Updated: November 14, 2008

Brittney Griner 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.

GPA: 3.14.

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?

A: Humble.

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.”






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Actress-Lisa Raye & Halle Berry


Musical Artist-Lil Wayne

Professional Basketball Player-LeBron James & Tim Duncan

Professional Basketball Team: New Orleans Hornets.