Houston native Brittney Griner drafted by Harlem Globetrotters
PHOENIX, AZ (KTRK) -- Brittney Griner, one of the most decorated players in the history of women's basketball, was among five athletes selected Tuesday in the seventh annual player draft of the world famous Harlem Globetrotters.
Joining the elite group of top athletes chosen by the Globetrotters were College Slam Dunk Champ Doug Anderson of the University of Detroit Mercy, NAIA All-American Tyrone Davis of Northwood University (Fla.), High Point University (N.C.) high-flyer Corey Law and baseball superstar Mariano Rivera.
"Brittney Griner is a great ambassador for the game of basketball and a terrific player. We fully support her WNBA career with the Phoenix Mercury," said Harlem Globetrotters CEO Kurt Schneider. "Our North American tour runs from the end of December to the end of April, which would not conflict with the WNBA season. The Globetrotters already have two outstanding female stars in TNT Maddox and T-Time Brawner, so the transition to our roster would be seamless."
Houston native Brittney Griner was the number one overall pick in the 2013 WNBA Draft. In her debut with the Phoenix Mercury, she became the first player to ever dunk twice in a WNBA game. At Baylor University, the 6-8 Griner was one of the most outstanding players in women's college basketball history, sweeping all major national awards her last two seasons (AP Player of the Year, Wade Trophy, Naismith Trophy, USBWA Player of the Year, Wooden Award). During those two seasons, the Houston native led the Bears to an incredible 74-2 record, including a 40-0 mark in Baylor's 2012 national championship season. Griner finished her college career as the second all-time leading scorer in Division I women's basketball history and amassed an NCAA men's and women's record 748 blocks.
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