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“This time you’re going against grown women”

Caitlin Clark is a sports and advertising phenomenon. The arrival of the former Iowa Hawkeye to the Indiana fever has led to all kinds of reactions among the media, fans and players. Among the latter, veteran Brittney Grinner issued a stern warning to the rookie: professional basketball is a different world.

In an interview with People magazine for the recent release of her book “Coming home,” Griner admitted that the arrival of the 2024 draft class will be a turning point for the W.N.B.A. “The hype that Caitlin and some of the others have at the moment is great for the league. There is good talent coming in,” Griner accepted.

The Phoenix Mercury Forward remembered her arrival at the W.N.B.A 10 years ago, as the first overall selection in the 2013 Design, was very complicated for her. although Griner was called a “generation” talents, such as Clarkshe had to seriously adjust her game to adapt to professional basketball.

“It’s different when you come from college to the pros. I went from top dog to my grades dropping a little bit,” Griner remembered. The star forward went from averaging 22.2 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game with the Baylor Lady Bears to 14.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and one assist at the Mercury.

Clark will face tougher competition

Griner recalled that her first season as a professional was a… “eye opener” and warned Clark that the competition would be very different from what she faced in college. “You’re competing against grown women. This is how they feed their families. This isn’t just for the love of the (game). This is their livelihood,” the player explained.

She remembered when she arrived at the W.N.B.A hardwood, “I had to get stronger, be a little more in tune with myself. There will be some growing pains for her, but she’ll be fine.”

Despite her respect for Clark, Griner admitted she wasn’t a fan of the Iowa Hawkeyesespecially when they reached the final of the NCAA Tournamentwhere they were confronted with the South Carolina Gamecocks.

Griner and coach Dawn Staley

The Mercury Forward is an old friend of South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley. Griner worked under Staley on Team USAand the coach was one of her biggest supporters during her captivity in Russia.

“I saw (Staley) at the Final Four, right before the National Championship. I told her, ‘Go get it. That’s yours.'” Griner remembered. “I just knew South Carolina would win.” the attacker said.