Griner was an All-Big 12 First Team selection last year and named both Big 12 Freshman of the Year and Co-Defensive Player of the Year. She was picked the USBWA Freshman of the Year and was an Associated Press second team All-America. In addition Griner was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Memphis Regional during Baylor’s run to the Women’s Final Four. The 6-8 sophomore post averaged 18.4 points and 8.5 rebounds during her rookie season. Her 223 blocks rank sixth on the Big 12 career list and set the NCAA Division I record for blocks in a season.
Sims averaged 22.5 points, 4.6 assists and 4.4 rebounds as a senior at Irving’s (Texas) MacArthur High School. She was rated the No. 1 point guard in the class of 2010 and No. 3 player overall. The 5-8 guard earned the WBCA/State Farm National High School Player of the Year award and was named a WBCA, Parade magazine and McDonalds All-American.
Joining Griner on the Preseason All-Big 12 Team are teammate Melissa Jones, Kelsey Bolte (Iowa State), Danielle Robinson (Oklahoma) and Danielle Adams (Texas A&M).
Jones was hampered by an injury the majority of last year’s conference season - appearing in only two league games and 22 of Baylor’s 35 total games. She returned for postseason action and averaged 10.4 points and 6.3 rebounds on the year.
Bolte has been named All-Big 12 Honorable Mention the past two seasons. She was Iowa State’s second-leading scorer last year with 12.3 points a game and led the squad with 84 three-pointers - good for second in the Big 12. She also contributed 4.5 rebounds a game and dished out 48 assists.
Robinson was a WBCA State Farm and Coaches All-America selection last year while helping lead the Sooners to the Women’s Final Four. She was also an All-Big 12 First Team selection and named to both the All-Big 12 Defensive Team and Phillips 66 All-Big 12 Tournament Team. In addition she was selected to the Women’s Final Four and Kansas City Regional all-tournament squads. The senior guard was also an All-Big 12 First Team pick in 2009 and was the 2008 Big 12 Freshman of the Year. Robinson was named to the Preseason Team for the second straight year.
Adams was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and to the All-Big 12 Second Team last season. She was also selected Most Outstanding Player of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship. The 6-1 senior led Texas A&M with 16.3 points and 5.8 rebounds in 2009-10 while primarily coming in off the bench.
2010-11 Big 12 Conference Women’s Basketball Preseason awards
(coaches not allowed to vote for own players)
Preseason Player of the Year
Brittney Griner, Baylor, C, 6-8, So., Houston, Texas/Nimitz
Preseason Newcomer of the Year
Brooklyn Pope, Baylor, F/C, 6-1, So., Fort Worth, Texas/Dunbar/Rutgers
Preseason Freshman of the Year
Odyssey Sims, Baylor, G, 5-8, Irving, Texas/MacArthur
Preseason All-Big 12 Team
|Brittney Griner||Baylor||C||6-8||So-1L||18.4||8.5||Houston, Texas/Nimitz|
|Melissa Jones||Baylor||G||5-10||Sr-3L||10.4||6.3||Thornton, Colo./Legacy|
|Kelsey Bolte||Iowa State||G||6-1||Sr-3L||12.3||4.5||Ida Grove, Iowa/Battle Creek-Ida Grove|
|Danielle Robinson||Oklahoma||G||5-9||Sr-3L||16.8||3.3||San Jose, Calif./Archbishop Mitty|
|Danielle Adams||Texas A&M||F/C||6-1||Sr-1L||16.3||5.8||Kansas City, Mo./Lee’s Summitt/Jefferson College|
Honorable Mention (listed alphabetically by school)
Brittany Spears (Colorado), Carolyn Davis (Kansas), Dominique Kelley (Nebraska), Whitney Hand (Oklahoma), Ashleigh Fontenette and Kathleen Nash (Texas), Sydney Colson and Tyra White (Texas A&M).