Griner is the WNBA’s number one overall draft pick
After a remarkable college basketball season, Brittney Griner is headed for the pros as the WNBA’s number one draft pick. The Phoenix Mercury selected the Baylor star center but despite already knowing that she would be selected first, Griner was still nervous. As a Phoenix Mercury player, Griner will be playing along side star players Diana Taurasi, Penny Taylor and Candice Dupree. The Mercury were plagued with injuries last season but the squad is making way for the upcoming season and are proud to welcome their newest teammate Brittney Griner.
“I’m ready to get there and ready to learn from Taurasi. I got to play with her a little bit at USA Basketball. I’m ready to feed off her and give all I can to the Phoenix Mercury,” Brittney Griner said after being selected by the Mercury.
“We have a team of All-Stars already. To add her to the mix solidifies us for a long time. When Phoenix comes to town it will be must-see basketball,” Phoenix Mercury president Amber Cox said.
Brittney Griner finished her college basketball season as the second all-time scorer in women’s NCAA history with 3,283 points. Also, Brittney Griner is the top shot-blocker as she leads both the men and women’s records with 748 and has a record setting 18 dunks, 11 of which occurred this season.
After the draft Griner said, “It’s a dream come true, I’m like a little kid in Disney World the first time meeting all the characters. Sitting at the table they said 15 seconds and my heart started beating so fast. I was grabbing the tablecloth underneath.”
“Getting drafted being the No. 1 overall pick that was above it but Tony’s right there at No. 2,” Griner said comparing being drafted number one to meeting Tony Hawk who was also at the ESPN studios.
Also, Notre Dame’s Skylar Diggins was the third overall pick as she was selected by Tulsa. Skylar Diggins averaged 17.1 points, 6.1 assists and 3.1 steals while playing for Notre Dame.
“When I entered Notre Dame we had lost in the first round of the tournament the year before. At the end of my career we had brought the program back to an elite level. I’m looking forward to get to Tulsa and show my leadership skills and do whatever coach Klopp wants me to do,” Skylar Diggins said after being selected by Tulsa.
Training camps begin May 5 and the WNBA will begin it’s 17th season on May 24.