Brittney Griner: The New Face of Women's College Basketball

Tom SmithCorrespondent IMarch 28, 2010

Baylor University's Brittney Griner has been a YouTube sensation for her incredible dunks since she was in high school.

Griner stands 6'8" tall and wears a men's size 17 sneaker. She is quite possibly the only female player to ever throw down a 360 windmill dunk on a ten foot hoop.

She scored YouTube "fame" again earlier this month for her unfortunate punch of an opposing player.

Yep—we know who Brittney Griner is.

What we didn't know, was what would be her impact on the women's college game.

Well, if Griner's NCAA tournament games against Georgetown and Tennessee are any indication, we might be seeing the beginning of a four year stretch of dominance that the women's game has ever seen.

Against Georgetown in the second round of the NCAA tournament, Griner had only seven points, but recorded an amazing 14 blocked shots—two more blocks than Georgetown had field goals.

Against top seeded Tennessee in the Sweet 16, Griner had probably her best game as a collegian—27 points and 10 blocks, helping Baylor to upset Tennessee and advance to the regional finals.

Brittney Griner is getting better, folks. "Scratching the surface" comes to mind. Remember, she's just a freshman. Over the course of the year, Griner averaged over 18 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 blocks. I'm not going out on a limb here in saying that she will blow away those numbers in the coming years.

I don't think Baylor wins a championship this year. They still need to get past Duke and presumably Connecticut just to reach the title game—UConn is just too tough this year.

All bets are off the next few years though—Griner is a freshman. The rest of the Lady Bears are mostly freshman and sophomores. This is a team built for the future enjoying great success today.

Always entertaining Baylor coach Kim Mulkey already has one national title to her credit—Baylor won it all in 2005—expect at least one more.

I have read and seen comments that claim that Brittney is "revolutionizing" the women's game. That, of course, is a stupid thing to say. Yes—stupid. 

Griner is a once-in-a-generation player. It's not like there are a bunch of athletic 6'8" girls out there who were waiting for someone like Griner to make it "okay" to dunk. The women's game will not be changed by Griner once she's gone, but it sure will be interesting to watch her for the next three years.