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Kelsey Griffin Basketballer

Kelsey Griffin, born July 2 1987, is an American-Australian professional basketball star.

Kelsey played five seasons in the US for the Connecticut Sun after being taken third in the 2010 WNBA draft.

Kelsey was named in the All-Rookie team during her first year, and in 2012 she helped The Sun reach the Eastern Conference finals. In 2013, she was the only Sun player to start in all 34 of their games.

Her time in the WNBA followed on from a hugely successful college career at University of Nebraska.

She was the most highly decorated player in Huskers history, earning first-team All American honours in her senior year.

Kelsey has also played international basketball in the EuroLeague, Israel, and, of course, Australia.

Since she landed on Australian soil, Kelsey has become a force to be reckoned with in the WNBL. She has played four seasons with the Bendigo Spirit, leading her team to two championships with Grand Final MVP performances.

She has been selected in the WNBL All Star 5 twice, and was named Defensive Player of the Year in the 2014-15 championship season.

Kelsey achieved her personal dream in 2016, becoming an Australian citizen. With this came the honour of being selected in the Opals squad, working towards the goal of competing for Australia at the Rio Olympic Games. She attended two training camps with the squad but her journey came to an end with national teams only allowed one naturalized player for an Olympic campaign.

Kelsey now calls Bendigo home. In 2015 she married Australian Erin Ross in a beautiful ceremony in her native Alaska. The two share a home in Bendigo where they live with their two dogs - Kobie and Gus.

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