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Interview with WNBA Center Brittney Griner

By Matthew Pearlman – TeensOnSports.com


How many basketball players have led their high school team to the state championship, were named the number one high school player in the nation, were a McDonald’s All-American, won an NCAA championship, were recognized as the AP player of the year, were drafted first overall into the pros, won the ESPY for being the best athlete of the year, and appeared on the cover of ESPN the Magazine?


There are very few people who have a resume this impressive.  What names come to mind – Michael Jordan, Carmelo Anthony, Magic Johnson, Kevin Durant?


Actually, these accomplishments belong to a 6 foot 8 inch Center who was drafted out of Baylor by the Phoenix Mercury of the WNBA.  That’s right the superstar athlete that was described above is Brittney Griner.


I recently interviewed Brittney for TeensOnSports.com.

Matthew:  You have a long list of accomplishments in high school, college and now in the pros, what has been your career highlight so far?

Brittney:  Winning a national championship in college and then being drafted as the number 1 pick in the WNBA.


Matthew:  A lot of kids are inspired by your successes.  What advice do you have for an aspiring basketball player?

Brittney:  Be the first one in the gym and the last one to leave.  Hard work always pays off.


Matthew:  What are your goals for 2013 and beyond?

Brittney:  Making it to the WNBA playoffs and winning a championship.


Matthew:  Being a professional athlete really is a 24/7 job.  When you have free time, what do you like to do?

Brittney:  I really like to watch Vampire Diaries and True Blood.


Matthew:  I always like to ask athletes about their favorite subject in school.  So what was your favorite subject in school and why?

Brittney:  Lunch because I love to eat (I’m just kidding).  I like math.


Follow Brittney Griner (twitter - @brittneygriner) and the Phoenix Mercury (twitter - @phoenixmercury) as they drive towards the WNBA Championship.


Matthew Pearlman is a high school student in St. Louis, Missouri.  He is the founder of TeensOnSports.com and he has interviewed over 650 pro athletes.  Matthew’s first book (That’s Great Advice – Advice from Pro Athletes for Kids, Written by a Kid) was published in 2012.  His second book (MMA – What a Teen Reporter Learned from the World’s Top Mixed Martial Artists) is set to be published in fall 2013.