*Brittney Griner is basketball’s most talked about female athlete right now.
After leaving her college team with an impact so great, professional NBA coaches have considered recruiting her.
But she’s got a team now in the WNBA.
The Phoenix Mercury scooped up the Baylor center during the draft Monday night.
“It’s a dream come true. I’m like a little kid in Disney World the first time meeting all the characters,” she told the Associated Press. “Sitting at the table they said 15 seconds and my heart started beating so fast. I was grabbing the tablecloth underneath.”
Towering at an incredible 6-foot-8, the top scoring athlete has been named the top shot-blocker ever, stomping out male and female records with a total 748. She also had a record 18 dunks and 3,283 points.
It almost seems unfair.
After WNBA president Laurel Richie opened the draft with a few words of respect for those affected by the Boston bombing, she announced Brittney as the draft’s first pick.
“I’m ready to get there and ready to learn from (Diana Taurasi),” the new Mercury player said. “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.”
*Allen Iverson still has love for the game and is trying desperately to get signed somewhere. Currently he’s checking out the Chinese basketball market.
He played Sunday night with the US Legends against the CBA champs, Stephon Marbury’s Beijing Ducks, a charity event.
Iverson, 37, arrived in Shanghai on Thursday for a two-week promotional basketball tour, where he will team up with other NBA stars including Dennis Rodman, Clyde Drexler, Shawn Kemp to play against three Chinese Basketball Association teams in seven games.
He’s said to be hoping to make his stay in China a long-term visit.
*Thirty-year-old Tamika Catchings has a testimony like no other. The young lady was born with a hearing deficiency and has developed a speech impediment.
Despite her shortcomings, she has become a successful basketball player to represent Team USA at the World Games.
As a child, she was teased a lot by her insensitive peers. One day she decided to throw away her hearing aids. As a result, her parents decided to teach her a lesson and refused to replace them.
From that, she learned to read lips and became an outstanding athlete. She said her faith in God has helped her through her most difficult challenges.
She has recently been asked to play on the USA Women’s Basketball team for the 2012 Olympic games.