fbpx
NCAA

We Never Thought We’d See Another Wilt Chamberlain Until Brittney Griner Came Along

Every generation or so produces a rare talent coupled with a rare skillset and unmatched size and basketball IQ. Six centuries ago, Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man, featuring a man with outstretched arms, depicted his idea of the ideal male proportions. Part of the text below Da Vinci’s drawing translated to “The length of a man’s outspread arms is equal to his height.” (Jay Bilas would call his measurements pedestrian.) Standing 6’8’’, with a 7’4” wingspan and 9’2” standing reach, Brittney Griner is the Vitruvian Woman.



There haven’t been many female ballers who can boast the same measurables as Griner (although Javale McGee’s sister, Imani McGee-Stafford, comes close). There haven’t been any with her athleticism. She’s in her own weight class. While NBA search teams continue scouring for the next Jordan while simultaneously relegating the low post center to the cobweb filled attics of our memories, the center position is alive and kicking in the women’s division.



If you’re looking for parity, turn on men’s hoops. Griner is towering over the competition on the ladies side. Griner has won 65 of her past 66 games as a Lady Bear and her collegiate dominance is putting her in the conversation as one of the greatest individual players in women’s hoops history. Not only does she loom over her competition, she combines her size with a diverse skillset and coordination.



“I didn’t see Wilt Chamberlain play,” Baylor coach Kim Mulkey told ESPN The Magazine after Griner’s freshman season. “But I’ve heard he was that kind of—what’s the word—revolutionary. I’m talking about her body, her structure, her ability to play above the rim. We’ve never seen the likes of her before."



Chamberlain was the NBA’s original Vitruvian Man before the explosion of seven-footers. Likewise, Brittney Griner is Lady Wilt.



Despite making an oral commitment to Baylor during a camp after her sophomore year of high school, there was sentiment that she shouldn’t even step foot in Waco—or on any other college campus. There was buzz, four years ago, that she was the type of unique transcendent talent that should become the WNBA’s first preps-to-pros phenom.



Now a senior and defending national champion, Griner’s 25-point performance Monday night placed her behind the velvet ropes of women’s hoops’ exclusive 3,000-point club.



The women’s 3000-point list is a Mount Rushmore of offensive juggernauts. The 6’8” Griner is a Mount Everest-sized obstacle in the post. Not only is Griner the only resident of the 3,000-points-and-500-rebound penthouse suite, she’s locked down the 2,000/500 studio apartment lease, as well.


Griner can do it all. She’s a 75 percent philanthropist from the charity stripe and has range out to 12 feet. In the midst of the women’s games’ dunk renaissance, Griner is da Vinci-like. After Georgeann Wells became the first woman to throw down in an NCAA contest in 1984, there wasn’t another in-game slam for 10 years. In the early 2000s, Tennessee’s Michelle Snow opened the floodgates by dunking thrice in two years. Additionally, Candace Parker won the dunk contest at the 2004 McDonalds Game.


Griner has dunked an NCAA-record 11 times. However, unlike her predecessors, Griner’s dunks aren’t coming in transition off a running start.



The most impressive aspect of Griner’s career is that her most impactful contributions come on the defensive end where her rejection rate is higher than Harvard’s Law School. Griner is posting the type of gaudy shot-blocking statistics that Wilt’s rival Bill Russell made commonplace in the Association. As a freshman, Griner obliterated the single-season shot blocking record and on January 31, she became the NCAA’s all-time leading Wilson swatter.



Chamique Holdsclaw, Lisa Leslie, Candace Parker, Cheryl Miller and Sheryl Swoopes are queens of the women’s game, but Griner is coming for that crown.

Tags

Related Articles

62 Comments

  1. Hi there. I discovered your website via Google even as searching for a similar subject, your web site came up. It appears to be good. I have bookmarked it in my google bookmarks to visit then.

  2. This is very interesting, You’re a very skilled blogger. I’ve joined your feed and look forward to seeking more of your great post. Also, I’ve shared your site in my social networks!

  3. The Famous Company ready to provide high-quality Quick kitchen renovations by affordable costs. Professionals with great experience work help completely rebuild in a matter of days . The price depends on selected package of services, scope of work .

  4. Greetings from California! I’m bored to tears at work so I decided to browse your website on my iphone during lunch break. I love the info you provide here and can’t wait to take a look when I get home. I’m amazed at how fast your blog loaded on my cell phone .. I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyhow, superb site!

  5. I do not know whether it’s just me or if perhaps everybody else experiencing problems with your website. It looks like some of the text in your content are running off the screen. Can somebody else please comment and let me know if this is happening to them too? This may be a problem with my web browser because I’ve had this happen previously. Thanks

  6. I was more than happy to seek out this web-site.I needed to thanks to your time for this excellent read!! I positively enjoying each little bit of it and I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you blog post.

  7. Cool blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere? A theme like yours with a few simple adjustements would really make my blog shine. Please let me know where you got your theme. Kudos

  8. Hiya, I’m really glad I’ve found this information. Today bloggers publish only about gossip and internet stuff and this is really annoying. A good site with exciting content, that is what I need. Thank you for making this web-site, and I will be visiting again. Do you do newsletters by email?

  9. Hiya, I’m really glad I have found this info. Nowadays bloggers publish just about gossip and net stuff and this is actually irritating. A good web site with exciting content, that is what I need. Thanks for making this web-site, and I will be visiting again. Do you do newsletters by email?

  10. That blog was amazing, I am impressed with your thoughts. I got the best information from this site of the blog, It’s very useful to all and us. Thanks for sharing this post.

  11. Thank you so much for providing individuals with an exceptionally terrific chance to read critical reviews from this website. It really is very pleasurable and stuffed with a great time for me personally and my office co-workers to visit the blog minimum thrice weekly to find out the fresh items you have got. And lastly, we’re certainly happy for the breathtaking tips and hints served by you. Some 4 tips in this article are truly the very best we’ve ever had.

  12. My spouse and I stumbled over here by a different web address and thought I might as well check things out. I like what I see so now i am following you. Look forward to exploring your web page repeatedly.

  13. Wow! This can be one particular of the most beneficial blogs We’ve ever arrive across on this subject. Basically Magnificent. I am also an expert in this topic therefore I can understand your effort.

  14. Hiya, I’m really glad I’ve found this information. Today bloggers publish only about gossip and internet stuff and this is really irritating. A good website with interesting content, this is what I need. Thanks for making this web-site, and I’ll be visiting again. Do you do newsletters by email?

  15. Nice read, I just passed this onto a colleague who was doing a little research on that. And he just bought me lunch because I found it for him smile So let me rephrase that: Thank you for lunch!

  16. Whats Going down i am new to this, I stumbled upon this I’ve found It absolutely helpful and it has aided me out loads. I hope to contribute & help different customers like its aided me. Good job.

  17. Do you have a spam problem on this blog; I also am a blogger, and I was wanting to know your situation; many of us have created some nice methods and we are looking to exchange methods with other folks, why not shoot me an e-mail if interested.

  18. Yesterday, while I was at work, my cousin stole my apple ipad and tested to see if it can survive a 40 foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation. My iPad is now broken and she has 83 views. I know this is entirely off topic but I had to share it with someone!

  19. I am extremely impressed with your writing skills and also with the layout on your weblog. Is this a paid theme or did you modify it yourself? Either way keep up the excellent quality writing, it is rare to see a great blog like this one today..

  20. This is very interesting, You’re a very skilled blogger. I’ve joined your feed and look forward to seeking more of your great post. Also, I have shared your web site in my social networks!

  21. Thanks for another informative blog. Where else could I get that type of information written in such an ideal method? I have a venture that I am simply now operating on, and I’ve been at the look out for such information.

  22. Thank you for the sensible critique. Me & my neighbor were just preparing to do some research on this. We got a grab a book from our area library but I think I learned more clear from this post. I am very glad to see such magnificent information being shared freely out there.

  23. Hiya, I’m really glad I’ve found this information. Today bloggers publish only about gossip and internet stuff and this is really irritating. A good blog with interesting content, that is what I need. Thanks for making this web site, and I’ll be visiting again. Do you do newsletters by email?

  24. Hiya, I’m really glad I have found this information. Today bloggers publish only about gossip and web stuff and this is really annoying. A good website with interesting content, that is what I need. Thanks for making this website, and I’ll be visiting again. Do you do newsletters by email?

  25. hello!,I love your writing very so much! proportion we communicate more approximately your post on AOL? I require a specialist on this area to resolve my problem. Maybe that’s you! Having a look ahead to see you.

  26. Great blog! Do you have any hints for aspiring writers? I’m hoping to start my own blog soon but I’m a little lost on everything. Would you recommend starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many choices out there that I’m completely overwhelmed .. Any ideas? Thanks a lot!

  27. You could certainly see your skills within the paintings you write. The sector hopes for even more passionate writers such as you who are not afraid to mention how they believe. At all times go after your heart.

  28. I just could not leave your site prior to suggesting that I really loved the usual information an individual supply for your visitors? Is gonna be again regularly to inspect new posts.

  29. Hey there. I discovered your blog via Google whilst looking for a comparable subject, your web site came up. It seems to be good. I’ve bookmarked it in my google bookmarks to come back then.

  30. Good day! I could have sworn I’ve been to this website before but after browsing through some of the post I realized it’s new to me. Anyhow, I’m definitely glad I found it and I’ll be book-marking and checking back often!

  31. Whats Going down i’m new to this, I stumbled upon this I’ve discovered It absolutely useful and it has aided me out loads. I’m hoping to contribute & assist different customers like its helped me. Good job.

  32. Hiya, I am really glad I’ve found this information. Nowadays bloggers publish only about gossip and internet stuff and this is really annoying. A good blog with interesting content, this is what I need. Thanks for making this web-site, and I will be visiting again. Do you do newsletters by email?

  33. I¡¦m no longer certain the place you are getting your info, but good topic. I must spend a while learning more or understanding more. Thank you for fantastic info I was in search of this info for my mission.

  34. Hello there. I found your web site by means of Google whilst searching for a related matter, your web site came up. It seems to be great. I’ve bookmarked it in my google bookmarks to come back then.

  35. An interestingA fascinatingAn intriguingA motivating discussion is worthis definitely worth comment. I thinkI believeI do believeI do thinkThere’s no doubt that that you shouldthat you ought tothat you need to writepublish more onmore about this topicsubjectissuesubject matter, it might notit may not be a taboo subjectmatter but generallyusuallytypically people do notpeople don’tfolks don’t speak aboutdiscusstalk about suchthese topicssubjectsissues. To the next! CheersMany thanksAll the bestKind regardsBest wishes!!

  36. Hello! I’ve been reading your web site for a long time now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from New Caney Tx! Just wanted to tell you keep up the excellent work!

  37. Hiya, I am really glad I’ve found this info. Nowadays bloggers publish just about gossip and net stuff and this is actually annoying. A good website with interesting content, that’s what I need. Thank you for making this web site, and I’ll be visiting again. Do you do newsletters by email?

  38. I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own weblog and was curious what all is required to get setup? I’m assuming having a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny? I’m not very web savvy so I’m not 100 sure. Any recommendations or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

  39. Awesome post. I’m a normal visitor of your web site and appreciate you taking the time to maintain the nice site. I will be a frequent visitor for a really long time.

  40. Hi are using WordPress for your blog platform? I’m new to the blog world but I’m trying to get started and set up my own. Do you need any coding knowledge to make your own blog? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  41. Admiring the dedication you put into your blog and in depth information you offer. It’s great to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same outdated rehashed material. Fantastic read! I’ve bookmarked your site and I’m adding your RSS feeds to my Google account.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Close

Adblock Detected

Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker