Kelsey Griffin WNBA All-Rookie Team
Former Husker All-American Kelsey Griffin earned a spot on the five-player WNBA All-Rookie Team announced on Tuesday.
Griffin, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2010 WNBA Draft, played a major role off the bench and as a part-time starter for the Connecticut Sun in her first season in the league. The 6-2 forward from Eagle River, Alaska, averaged 4.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. She ranked second among all WNBA rookies in rebounds per game, trailing only rookie teammate Tina Charles.
Charles, who was named the WNBA Rookie of the Year, averaged 15.5 points and 11.7 rebounds per game for the Sun. Charles' former Connecticut teammate Kalana Greene (New York Liberty) also earned a spot on the rookie team, along with Monica Wright (Minnesota Lynx) and Epiphany Prince (Chicago Sky).
Griffin's rookie season followed on the heels of an outstanding senior season at Nebraska in 2010. The Big 12 Player of the Year was a finalist for every major national player-of-the-year award, while earning first-team All-Big 12 honors for the third season. Griffin led the Huskers to the Big 12 title and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. In addition to powering Nebraska to the NCAA Sweet 16, Griffin became just the second Husker in history to close her career with more than 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.
Griffin plans to continue her professional career by playing in Hungary during the WNBA offseason.