Griffin digging the WNBA (Basketball)

July 20, 2010
Kelsey Griffin

Don’t get it wrong, Kelsey Griffin of Eagle River loves basketball.

But she didn’t exactly dream of growing old on the hardwood.

Her viewpoint has since changed, however, because her rookie season with the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun has been that good.

Turns out the former University of Nebraska All-American is digging the next level more than she ever imagined.

“I thought I would just do it for a couple years and then go to med school, and that would be my journey, what I was supposed to do,” she told me.

“But so far I’ve really, really enjoyed my experience so I plan on staying as long as they’ll have me.”

Griffin, of Chugiak High fame, has made an immediate impact this season, earning a starting job at small forward and averaging 18.5 minutes over the first 20 games.

The 6-foot-2 Alaskan is scoring 5.3 points and grabbing 4.5 rebounds per game, solid numbers for a first-year pro.

“It’s been a huge learning experience, not only playing at a higher level of basketball but at the same time playing a new position. It’s definitely been a change,” said Griffin, who moved from the post to the wing.

“Finding my role and figuring out what I’m supposed to do … I’m still learning. I’m starting to feel things out and figure out a little more what I can bring to this team. It’s been great. I really love my teammates. It’s been a great experience. The Connecticut fans are awesome.”

You can watch Griffin tonight on ESPN2.

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