Brittney Griner Won’t Play for USA in 2012 London Olympics

Baylor University standout Brittney Griner is almost a shoe-in for the final roster for USA Women’s Basketball Team, but the dominant center declared that she will be unavailable for the 2012 London Olympics.

Griner, who led the Lady Bears to an impressive title run this year, surprisingly informed USA Basketball that she will not be available, citing family reason and conflict with her summer school schedule.

In a statement released by Baylor University, Griner said that she has already informed USA Women’s Team director Carol Callan and expressed her disappointment, saying that she really wanted to don the national colors in the 2012 London Games.

“I am disappointed that I will be unable to participate,” said Griner. “But I want to stay involved in USA Basketball and hope to again have the opportunity to represent my country in future international competition.”

Had she accepted the 12th spot in USA’s final roster, Griner could have been the first college player to play in the Olympics for USA since 1988 when Maryland’s Vicky Bullet and Tennessee’s Bridgette Gordon made the Olympic roster.

“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 CEO Jim Tooley.

Tooley also clarified that Griner’s decision to withdraw won’t make her not included in the future pool of players in future international competitions, saying that the 6-foot-8 center has a very bright future ahead of her.

USA, who will be the gold-medal favorites in London, has until June 18 to name the player, who will take the 12th and final spot in their final roster.


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