A birthday for Brittney

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In the past year alone, Brittney Griner was named the NCCA women's basketball player of the year, chosen first in the WNBA draft, named a WNBA all-star and made the league's all-rookie team.

Happy birthday to Brittney Griner, who turns 23 today. The No. 1 overall pick out of Baylor in the 2013 WNBA Draft just finished her rookie season with the Phoenix Mercury last month and averaged 12.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and a league-best 3.0 blocks. She scored a season-high 26 points against San Antonio on June 25, grabbed a season-high 14 rebounds against San Antonio on Sept. 6 and recorded a season-high six blocks against Tulsa on Aug. 11. She was selected to play in the 2013 All-Star game (but sat out with a knee injury) and was a unanimous selection to the WNBA’s 2013 all-rookie team. In her first trip to the WNBA playoffs, she hit the series-winning basket to lift the Mercury over the L.A. Sparks in the Western Conference semifinals. The Mercury, however, fell to the eventual champion Minnesota Lynx in the conference finals.