Women's Hoops Blog

Inane commentary on a game that deserves far better

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Karen at Newsday is working her vacation.

She throws out some thoughts on tonight's games and gives us something on the WBCA High School All-America team (nice attendance!)
Not to diminish the sometimes brilliant display of basketball skill by the WBCA high school All Americas during the annual All Star game, but what the crowd and media came to see happened during halftime: 6-foot-8 Brittney Griner dunked -- twice. She took two steps and grabbed the ball from a teammate on a statue of liberty play and slammed it home, hanging on the rim as punctuation. The crowd whooped, and some stood and cheered.

Here’s the thing: It wasn’t that impressive. Sure, a dunk is as rare in the women’s game as a sunny day in Seattle, and Griner can do it with ease and regularity. Watch a video here. But she has an 86.5-inch wingspan. Fully extended up, her arms just about reach the net. She really doesn’t have much farther to go for the jam. What’s more attention grabbing is simply her physique. She’s impossibly long, lanky and wiry, and she’s apparently still growing. Her hands easily wrap around the basketball. Even against the best high school bigs in the country, she slapped eight blocks. But the tallest of her opponents was merely 6-6. On many plays, she barely has to exert herself to dominate. And it showed.