The Briitney Griner era has officially begun. The 6-foot-8 Griner brings a new type of excitement to the WNBA. Nike has already inked the No. 1 draft pick to an endorsement deal, and there will certainly be more to come. Griner also made headlines by openly discussing her sexuality with a comfort and ease which surpasses her 22 years.
Griner, who finished as the second-leading scorer in women’s N.C.A.A. history, with 3,283 points, and is the top shot-blocker ever and had a record 18 dunks, enters the WNBA with a flare that will keep fans interested, gain new fans and will boost television coverage and viewership.
“I’m up for the challenge,” Griner said of being central to the league’s rebranding effort. “I changed stuff in college basketball, I guess you could say, so I’m up for it. I never shy from anything. Whatever’s thrown at me, I’m ready for it.”
What Phoenix fans can expect…
Griner will be joined in the Mercury starting line-up by all-star’s Diana Taurasi, Penny Taylor & DeWanna Bonner along with ‘showtime’ point-guard Sam Prahalis, who is entering her 2nd WNBA season…look for plenty of ally-oops in the paint!