(LOS ANGELES) — Brittney Griner is the most dominant women’s college basketball player in years, and now Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has come out and said he would consider drafting Griner.
“If she is the best on the board, I will take her,” Cuban said. “I’ve thought about it. I’ve thought about it already.”
“Would I do it? Right now, I’d learn toward yes, just to see if she can do it,” he continued. “You never know unless you give somebody a chance, and it’s not like the likelihood of any late-50s draft pick has a good chance of making it.”
A three-time All-American, Griner is averaging 23.8 points with 9.4 rebounds along with 4.2 blocks per game. Cuban said he’d consider taking Griner in the second round of the draft, and would even consider inviting Griner to try out for a spot on Dallas’ summer league team.
Griner responded to Cuban’s remarks on Twitter, saying, “I would hold my own! Lets do it.”
Cuban also admitted that the marketing potential is just as enticing as her basketball potential. Still, this would not be the first time a woman has tried to make it in the NBA. Back in 1979, Former ULCA star Ann Meyers tried out for the Indiana Pacers.
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John Newsome and Anne Woolsey, CNN