Griner says she'll be back next year with no doubt

By Doug Feinberg

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, April 3 2012 12:10 p.m. MDT

Baylor's Brittney Griner answers questions for the media during a news conference, Monday, April 2, 2012, in Denver. Baylor will play Notre Dame for the women's NCAA championship basketball game on Tuesday.

Julie Jacobson, Associated Press

DENVER — Brittney Griner made it clear, way in advance. No matter what happened in the NCAA championship game, she's returning to Baylor for her senior season.

While most male college basketball stars of Griner's caliber would have left for the NBA after their freshman year, the 6-foot-8 phenom will stay in school to earn her general studies degree in recreation.

It's not a huge shock that Griner will be staying at Baylor for her senior season since staying in school is the norm for marquee women's college players. After all, the WNBA can't offer the same financial incentives to turn pro early that the NBA can.

Griner could make up to a million dollar pay day playing overseas, but it's not about the money to her. It's about honoring a commitment.

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