Report: Brittney Griner Declines To Play For Team USA At London Olympics
Baylor women's basketball star Brittney Griner will not play for the U.S. national team at the Olympics this summer, according to ESPN.
"I am disappointed that I will be unable to participate," Griner said in a statement. "But I want to stay involved in USA Basketball and hope to again have the opportunity to represent my country in future international competition."
USA Basketball filled 11 of its 12 roster spots late last month; it was speculated that Griner, who excelled for the national team on the 2011 European Tour, would fill the 12th spot. Griner, however, declined to play in London, citing an unspecified family illness and her summer school schedule.
"It's unfortunate that Brittney is unable to participate with USA Basketball this summer; however, we have an extremely deep and talented USA National Team program and remain confident that we will field a very competitive team that all Americans will be very proud of," said USA Basketball executive director/CEO Jim Tooley. "This in no way precludes Brittney from future USA National Team events; she is a young and talented player with a bright future ahead of her in international basketball and we look forward to her continued involvement. We wish nothing but the best for Brittney and her family." Griner has averaged 21.6 points and 8.6 rebounds a game in her first three seasons at Baylor, plus a Big 12 record of 594 blocks. She is the first player in NCAA history to record 2,000 career points and 500 blocked shots.