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October 16, 2012

Griner returns

WACO, Texas — Brittney Griner watched the Olympics and wished she was there. Thanks to the WNBA draft lottery, she might know where she’s going.

Before Rio in 2016, or even getting started in the pros next summer, there is still the senior season with the Lady Bears for the fun-loving All-American who can dunk and broke her right wrist in a longboarding accident this summer. Baylor is coming off the NCAA’s first 40-win season and returns every starter from its undefeated national championship team.

The accident on the elongated skateboard came after Griner had already removed herself from consideration for the 12th and final spot on the U.S. women’s basketball team that won gold at the London Olympics. She almost certainly would have been part of the team, but didn’t participate because of summer school classes she had to take and the ill health of her mother.

“She’s OK. Ups and downs, but she’s all right,” Griner said, but not wanting to elaborate on her mother’s health during an interview with The Associated Press.

Griner said she made the right choice to bypass the Olympics, even though she wished while watching the games that she was playing. The 6-foot-8 Griner was with USA Basketball in Europe last fall, when she averaged 12.8 points and 7.3 rebounds a game.

“It was exciting just watching them,” Griner said. “It’s a great team, basically all my role models are on that team. It was just amazing knowing that I was with them for a little bit overseas. ... Just to see them out there playing hard, playing strong, and bringing the gold home, it was good.”

When the WNBA draft lottery was held last month, the Phoenix Mercury won the No. 1 overall pick and the chance to select the dominating post player next spring before Chicago chooses second and Tulsa third.

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