Brittney Griner chosen #1 in Women’s NBA professional basketball draft

Griner at a Nimitz recognition ceremony last year.

Aldine Nimitz high school’s outstanding women’s basketball player, Brittney Griner, has been chosen #1 in the first round of the professional women’s WNBA player draft, held last Monday night in Bristol, Connecticut.

She was drafted by the Phoenix Mercury team. Griner was an outstanding player for the Baylor Bears womens team during the last four years, having been named the number one woman’s player in the nation by several authorities.

Brittney Griner, 22, stands 6’-8” tall. She is the first NCAA player ever to score 2000 points, and block 500 shots. In 2012 the three-time All-American was named the AP Player of the Year, and the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four.

The draft was televised on ESPN2, and Griner was interviewed by the network as well. During an interview with Sports Illustrated on Tuesday, she revealed that she was a lesbian, but was comfortable with that. She said “just be who you are. Don’t worry about what other people are going to say.”

Also drafted from the Houston area were two other players, Kelsey Bone from Dulles high school and Texas A & M was drafted #5 by New York Liberty, and Waltiea Rolle of Westbury Christian high school and North Carolina, was drafted #36 by Minnesota.

Griner will start playing for Phoenix on May 27th.