Griffin to miss camp but expected to be ready for World Cup

August 1, 2018

Kelsey Griffin basketball

Kelsey Griffin

Eagle River’s Kelsey Griffin is in a race against the clock.

The 31-year-old Australian Opals national team member is hopeful a hamstring injury does not prevent her from competing in next month’s FIBA World Cup in Spain.

She is expected to be out of action for at least the next six weeks and will miss an upcoming selection camp where the Opals roster will be trimmed from 20 to 12.

The good news is the 6-foot-2 all-star is a lock to make the squad when healthy.

Griffin, of Chugiak High fame, has been a star for the past five years in Australia’s Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL), where she has won two championships, a defensive player-of-the-year award and multiple all-star nods.

She made her Opals debut at the 2018 FIBA Asia Cup and was named tournament MVP.

Griffin, who became a naturalized citizen in 2015, moved WNBL teams in the offseason, going from the Bendigo Spirit to the Canberra Capitals.