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Brittney Griner thrilled at chance to finally play professionally, for up-tempo Mercury

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    Phoenix Mercury's Brittney Griner, the No. 1 overall pick the WNBA draft, holds a team jersey with head coach Corey Gaines during a news conference Saturday, April 20, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) (The Associated Press)

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    Phoenix Mercury's Brittney Griner, the No. 1 overall pick the WNBA draft, laughs during a news conference Saturday, April 20, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) (The Associated Press)

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    Phoenix Mercury's Brittney Griner, the No. 1 overall pick the WNBA draft, holds up a hat during a news conference Saturday, April 20, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) (The Associated Press)

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    Phoenix Mercury's Brittney Griner, the No. 1 overall pick the WNBA draft, listens to head coach Corey Gaines speak during a news conference Saturday, April 20, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) (The Associated Press)

Brittney Griner couldn't stop smiling at her introductory news conference with the Phoenix Mercury.

It's hard to blame her.

One of the most dominating players in the history of women's college basketball, Griner was selected by the Mercury with the No. 1 overall pick in Monday's WNBA draft.

The 6-foot-8 center brings with her a cache of talents, including scoring, rebounding, shot blocking and, most famously, dunking with ease.

Griner comes to the desert with the benefit of not having to carry a team as the No. 1 pick, joining a team that includes former league MVP Diana Taurasi and All-Stars Penny Taylor and Candice Dupree.