6′8″ HS Girl Still Throwing Down Dunks (w/Video)

Recall, if you will, the next big thing to happen to women’s hoops, in the form of 6′8″ (and still growing!) Brittney Griner, of Houston Nimitz High. Griner’s set to attend Baylor next fall, and barring any ACL disasters, will be dominating the WNBA shortly thereafter. So what’s she up to now?

Brittney Griner

If you guessed throwing down dunks again, you’re right. BALL DON’T LIE has video from a recent Nimitz playoff game, and not surprisingly, she’s still dominating. You can see her dunk–not like girldunk like when Lisa Leslie barely got the ball over the hoop or David Robinson’s yawners, I mean with authority and hanging on the rim with one hand. She doesn’t do it over anyone in the highlights, which is a shame. I mean, it’s bad enough when a guy dunks right in your face, but what do you call it when a girl does it? Teabagging is right out, but what is it? Clambaking? Leave suggestions in the comments.

Video after the break.

See, admit it: that’s legit. No, she’s not windmilling it or anything, but the next step from the Lisa Leslie dunks isn’t the extravagant, it’s the mundane. Progress is when only a good dunk in women’s basketball get their own showstopper highlights, not every dunk. Griner looks capable of both.Now, as far as her future prospects off the court go, we’ll see. LeBron is her most immediately apparent peer (SheBron? Yes? No?), but while Lebron was bathing national attention by his 15th birthday, Griner spends most of her days inside, and there’s no telling yet how she adjusts to the spotlight. Further, female athletes have gotten their endorsements and fame from saleability and looks (see Anna Kournikova and Danica Patrick) more than their actual athletic ability (99% of the rest of female athletes); is Griner willing to be a total camera whore for money? Not to put to crass a point on it, but that’s what it seems to have come down to.

Either way, we’re at least looking forward to her bouncing dunks off poor defenders’ heads for the next decade or so. And hopefully she’ll branch out and do some Pros vs. Joes stuff for fun, just because it would be transcendent comedy to see the old, bald idiot type get clambaked on national television.