About Brittney

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Bold. Strong. Authentic. Brittney Griner is redefining her sport and leading off it as an honest, authentic and accessible person and activist.

She is that rare kind of athlete, one who transcends the game and connects with fans on a deeper level. On the court, the Phoenix Mercury star is fierce and relentless, showcasing a blend of size and skill not seen before in women’s basketball. An anchor piece for the Olympic gold medal team in Rio, WNBA Champion, 1st Team All-WNBA, Euroleague Champion and two-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year, Griner has established herself as a force at every level. Off the court, she is committed to helping create a more inclusive society, driving conversation, challenging assumptions and expanding the opportunities for young people to reach their full potential.

BG was so dominant during her college career — she led Baylor to the national championship as a junior — it¹s hard to believe she didn’t start playing hoops until the ninth grade. As she continues to refine her skills, taking her game to an even higher level, she is also using her voice to represent a new generation of athletes, those who know that to be the best, they must also be true to themselves.

With her 6’8″ frame, 88-inch wingspan and adventure-loving spirit, Brittney Griner doesn’t just break the mold — she shatters it. And her ethos is easy to embrace.

BG: Be You

Accolades

WNBA

  • 2018 Euroleague Champion
  • 2017 WNBA All-Star
  • 2017 WNBA Peak Performer Award
  • 2017 WNBA Second Team
  • 2016 Olympic Medal
  • 2015 WNBA Defensive Player of the Year
  • 2015 WNBA Second Team
  • 2014 WNBA Champion
  • 2014 WNBA Defensive Player of the Year
  • 2014 WNBA First Team Selection
  • 2x WNBA All-Star (2013, 2014)
  • WNBA Blocks Leader every season since entering the league (2013-present)
  • Drafted first in the 2013 WNBA Draft

USA Basketball Notes

  • 2016 Olympic Gold Medal
  • 2014 FIBA World Championship Gold Medal
  • 2014 FIBA World Championship All-Tournament Team
  • The only collegiate player to participate in the 2011 USA National Team’s European Tour, averaged 12.8 ppg. and 7.0 rpg. playing alongside and against professional veterans as the U.S. posted a 3-2 record. Was the USA’s top shot blocker with nine points and scored a high of 22 points versus top EuroLeague club Ros Casares.
  • Named to the 2011-12 USA Basketball Women’s National Team on Aug. 1, 2011.
  • Participated in the 2009-12 USA Basketball Women’s National Team training camp, May 10-12, 2011, in Las Vegas.

College Honors

  • Big 12 Player of the Year (2011, 2012, 2013)
  • Wade Trophy (2012, 2013)
  • Naismith Trophy (2012, 2013)
  • Wooden Award (2012, 2013)
  • AP Player of Year (2012, 2013)
  • Ann Meyers Drysdale (USBWA) Player of the Year (2012, 2013)
  • AP All-American (unanimous) (2012, 2013)
  • Consensus First-Team All-American (2011, 2012, 2013)
  • WBCA Defensive Player of the Year (2011, 2012, 2013)
  • Big 12 championship MOP (2011, 2012, 2013)
  • Big 12 Player of the Year (2011, 2012, 2013)
  • Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
  • All-Big 12 First Team (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
  • All-Big 12 Defensive Team (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
  • 2012-13 – Big 12 Player of the Week (Dec. 4, Dec. 10, Jan. 7, Jan. 14, Jan. 21, Jan. 28, Feb. 4, Feb. 25, March 6)
  • ESPNW National Player of the Week (Jan. 28, 2013)
  • USBWA National Player of the Week (Jan. 14, 2013)
  • Rainbow Wahine Classic All-tournament team (2013)
  • Honda Cup (2012)
  • Big 12 Female Athlete of the Year (2012)
  • 2012 U.S. Olympic Team finalist
  • Honda Award -Women’s Basketball (2012)
  • WBCA All-Region (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
  • MOP NCAA Championship, Final Four(2012)
  • MOP NCAA Championship, Des Moines Regional(2012)
  • All-Tournament NCAA Championship, Dallas Regional(2011)
  • MOP of Big 12 Championship(2011, 2012)
  • Wooden Award, Wade Trophy, Naismith Award, Honda Award finalist (2011)
  • USBWA Freshman of the Year(2010)
  • AP All-American (second team)(2010)
  • Big 12 Freshman of the Year(2010)
  • All-Big 12 Freshman Team (2010)
  • Most Outstanding Player, Memphis Regional(2010)

High School

  • Named the 2009 Parade MagazineUSA Today and WBCA National High School Player of the Year.
  • Named the 2009 Gatorade Texas Girls High School Player of the Year and Texas Miss Basketball by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC).
  • Was the 2009 WBCA High School All-America Game MVP and also competed in the 2009 McDonald’s High School All-America Game.
  • Houston Mayor Bill White proclaimed May 7, 2009, as Brittney Griner Day.