Griffin re-signs with Bendigo to play sixth season down under

May 18, 2017

Kelsey Griffin basketball

Kelsey Griffin

She’s been the team’s centerpiece for the past five years, so it only makes sense for the Bendigo Spirit to bring back Eagle River’s Kelsey Griffin.

The 29-year-old all-star signed a one-year deal with the Australian women’s professional basketball team that she led to WNBL championships in 2013 and 2014.

Griffin, of Chugiak High fame, is a four-time team MVP for the Spirit.

“Kelsey is a true champion, in every sense of the world,” Spirit coach Simon Pritchard told the Bendigo Advertiser. “The other players look up to her and understand how important she is. ”

In 114 career games, she has averaged 15.7 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists.

The 6-foot-2 forward is a naturalized Aussie citizen and last spring was in contention for a spot on the Australian Olympic team. She had participated in training camp until she was cut on the eve of the Games.

“Her selection in the Opals training camp in the lead-up to the Rio Olympics was great reward for her hard work, and we are looking forward to her strong leadership again this year,” Pritchard said.

Last year, had her typical solid season by averaging 15.1 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 24 games. She also led the Spirit with 35 steals and 27 blocked shots.

Griffin was a NCAA All-American at Nebraska and played in the WNBA for five years.