Kane comments on Brittney Griner's impact on the WNBA in the New York Times
Professor Mary Jo Kane, School of Kinesiology faculty and director of the Tucker Center, weighs in on Brittney Griner's future in the WNBA and the kind of influence she is capable of having on the league.
In the article titled, "W.N.B.A. Hopes Griner Can Change Perceptions, as Well as Game Itself," Kane explains, "A decade ago, W.N.B.A. officials might have been reluctant to celebrate as a standard-bearer of the league someone who did not conform to conventional standards of femininity." She continues to note, "You cannot ignore her athleticism, and the W.N.B.A. has not tried to isolate or marginalize Griner."
Griner, who was standout at Baylor, is expected to be the No. 1 pick in tonight's (Monday) draft on ESPN2 at 7:00pm. This is the WNBA's first-ever prime-time draft.