In 2013, Griner signed an endorsement deal with Nike. In addition to lettering in basketball throughout high school, she played varsity volleyball as a freshman.
Starting in her sophomore year, Griner practiced with the boys' basketball team, and worked with a Nimitz football coach to develop her leg strength in preparation for learning to dunk.
28 days later, amidst a slew of domestic violence charges and at least one arrest, Griner filed for divorce — the day after Johnson announced via Instagram that she was pregnant.
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During her senior year, Griner led the Nimitz Cougars to the Texas 5A girls basketball state championship game, where Nimitz lost 52–43 to Mansfield Summit High School.
Griner dunked 52 times in 32 games as a senior, setting a single-game record of seven dunks against Aldine High School.
In her debut on May 27, 2013 against Chicago Sky, Griner equaled the WNBA dunk record, recording two dunks to equal Candace Parker's career total.
In the 2014 season, Griner's stats would improve, as she averaged 15.6 points per game, 8.0 rebounds per game and 3.7 blocks per game.Griner played college basketball at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.As a freshman, Griner's 223 blocked shots set the all-time single-season record, establishing her as one of the greatest shot blockers in women's basketball history.In 2012, she received the Best Female Athlete ESPY Award.Griner was recently on the USA Olympic Women's team, where she helped lead them to victory.In the 2015 playoffs, Griner set a WNBA playoff record with 11 blocks (along with 18 points and 8 reobunds) in a game 1 victory against the Tulsa Shock, whom she also had 11 blocks against in a regular season game the year before.