Name: Brittany Spears
Position: Small Forward
School Bio: Brittany Spears
Not to be confused with the pop singer, forward Brittany Spears has made a name for herself during her four-year career in Boulder. Spears offers a versatile offensive game, with the ability to drive to the hoop or hit the three-point shot. One of the most decorated players in Colorado women's basketball history, she became the school's career scoring leader (2,075 points) with her 21-point effort vs. Kansas on Mar. 8. Spears earned First Team All-Big 12 honors as a senior, averaging 18.1 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.9 steals and 1.1 blocks per game.
Can take opponents off the dribble or hit from the outside.
Ceal Barry, former Colorado head coach
For those who haven't seen Brittany, can you describe her offensive game?
Brittany is dangerous in transition as she anticipates change of possession and fills the lane quickly. She can shoot the 3 and has a very quick release on her shot. Very good range!
Is she a dribble-drive penetrator or more of a jump shooter?
Brittany is both. You have to guard her beyond the three-point line or she will bury it. She also has the ability to put it on the floor and finishes well around the basket.
What about her defense?
Brittany has improved her defense this season. She can play post defense, but is best guarding small forwards. She anticipates off the ball. It is tough to catch her, once she gets a deflection in the passing lane. She has a nose for the ball.
How have you seen Spears' game develop over her four years at Colorado?
Spears has improved each of her four seasons at Colorado, but particularly this past season. She plays better defense, boxes out with more consistency, and is much more efficient with her shot selection. She is also very consistent from the free throw line. The biggest difference with this season is that she is much more fit and a better conditioned athlete.
What would you consider to be her strengths on the court?
Shooting/filling the lane. She loves to score.
How do you think she fits in at the next level?
Very good. Brittany loves playing basketball. She would be in the gym all day if we allowed it. She has the body of a pro player. She has played in the Big 12, and has played against the best team defenses around the nation with Texas A&M, Baylor, Oklahoma and K-State. She always puts up big numbers, consistently.
Not sure if you follow the WNBA that closely, but is there a current WNBA player that you'd compare Spears to?
Brittany is like a Diana Taurasi in that she is a tall guard (6'1") who can shoot over the top of you. She can play 1, 2, 3 or 4. She is not as great of a passer and ballhandler as Taurasi but in height, shooting, defense and passion for the game, she is like that.
Mike Rice, Colorado Radio Play-by-Play
Brittany's offensive game is pretty versatile. She can shoot the three but also score off the dribble. Sometimes that has come in the form of creating a jump shot for herself but she can also drive to the basket. At times she has posted up as well, although CU has not used her a lot in this capacity.
Her defense is one area where she has shown marked improvement, especially this season. She has shown an increase in her commitment to playing defense and because of her athletic ability, often guards players who are much taller. She isn't afraid to mix things up down low and battle it out on the post. She can also, however, guard on the perimeter fairly well. She has given CU some options when deciding how to match up against its opponent in any given game.
As far as her development, I have seen her game become more versatile. She came in with an ability to shoot from the outside but now she incorporates more pieces offensively, often depending on what is working for her in the game.
In addition, she doesn't force things as much. If she isn't have a great night, she is ready and willing to get her teammates involved. And her defensive improvement is also worth noting, as I mentioned in answer #2.
Among her strengths: Athletic ability, versatility and durability. She has started every game of her college career.
I'm not great at projecting how any given athlete might perform at the next level, but I believe she has some skills that will give her a shot to make a WNBA roster. Whether or not that happens, I couldn't say.
- FAN ZONE