Griffin named top student-athlete (Basketball)

April 19, 2010
Kelsey Griffin

When University of Nebraska sports fans think of the 2009-10 season one name will come to mind: Kelsey Griffin.

Griffin, of Chugiak High fame, put the Huskers women’s basketball program on the map while fulfilling her requirements in the classroom, helping her win the school’s Senior Female Student-Athlete of the Year award.

Next month the first-team All-American from Alaska will graduate with a Biological Sciences degree.

“Kelsey has done a tremendous job of balancing the demands of basketball travel, postseason play, the WNBA draft and countless other community service and volunteer commitments,” Keith Zimmer, Nebraska’s associate athletic director, said in a release.

Griffin, a 6-foot-2 center, will begin the next chapter of her life next week when WNBA training camp opens. The third overall pick was traded to the Connecticut Sun on draft day, joining No. 1 overall pick Tina Charles of UConn.

Griffin averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds during her senior season, leading 33-2 Nebraska to its first Big 12 championship and a spot in the Sweet 16.

This week is among an elite group of hand-picked NCAA stars helping the U.S. National Team prepare for the upcoming world championships.

Eagle River’s Kelsey Griffin is all smiles after sporting a red, white and blue jersey for the first time.
Photo courtesy of USA Basketball

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