Griffin garners early MVP consideration in Australia’s WNBL
If Canberra Capitals fans in Australia aren’t chanting ‘M-V-P’ when Kelsey Griffin of Eagle River steps to the free-throw line, they need to be.
She’s certainly playing like the league’s best player.
Griffin leads the WNBL in scoring and rebounding, and is the only player to rank top 10 in points, rebounds, steals and blocked shots.
The reigning WNBL Player of the Week got a jump on winning the award again with a 16-point, 18-rebound performance as the Capitals beat the Melbourne Boomers 72-70 to move into a tie for first place.
The 6-foot-2 forward is averaging 19.6 points, 12.1 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.0 blocks.
Griffin, of Chugiak High fame, is in her first season with the Capitals after six seasons with the Bendigo Spirit. She was considered one of the biggest free-agent acquisitions in the offseason and has paid immediate dividends as her new team has started 6-2.
Griffin has carved out a remarkable career down under by compiling 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in her seven seasons.
She is the only Alaskan to register 2,000 points at each of the NCAA D1 and professional level.