Briana Gilbreath, Senior, Shooting Guard, USC
Briana Gilbreath wasted little time making the successful transition from high school ball to the Pac-10 and USC. Gilbreath started from day one and ended up as the only player on the squad to start all 32 games during her freshman campaign. The 6-1 guard ended the year averaging 10.5 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. As a sophomore Gilbreath continued to attack the basket effectively and increased her scoring output to 12.7 points per contest and added a team high 5.9 rebounds.
Things only got better as Gilbreath’s game matured. During the 2010-2011 campaign, she led the Trojans with 14.4 points and 7.3 rebounds. She even dished out 2.8 assists per game and emerged as a very effective all-around player.
What makes Gilbreath shine in the eyes of the WNBA is her defense. Despite being a guard, Gilbreath is a superb shot blocker. She has the instincts and athleticism to block shots that it does not look like she has a chance of blocking. On top of her blocked shots, Gilbreath has always led the team in steals. Add that to her array of other skills and Gilbreath is a unique talent who can do more than just a little bit of everything.