Cameron Brink backstory: Stanford star with Curry tie swept Pac-12 awards and boasts big ambitions

Cameron Brink has a fascinating life story that has taken her around the world and put her on the verge of making the WNBA once she concludes her Stanford women’s basketball career.

Stanford forward Cameron Brink swept the Pac-12 women’s basketball awards at the conclusion of the 2023-24 regular season, being named Pac-12 Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year for a remarkable campaign that puts her in contention to be taken high in the upcoming WNBA Draft.

“She changes the game at both ends. One Cam. Two awards,” wrote Stanford’s official team account in its announcement of the honors.

The Cardinal are on a mission to avenge their unexpected Sweet 16 upset loss from last season against Ole Miss.

Brink recorded a 20-point, 13-rebound double-double in that contest, but the squad suffered from a dismal shooting performance, going 19-of-64 from the field overall.

Stanford has roared back from last year’s disappointment, entering Pac-12 Tournament ranked No. 2 in the nation as one of the clear national title contenders in a pack behind undefeated South Carolina.

The Cardinal lost in the Pac-12 Tournament final to USC but will still likely receive a top-two seed at March Madness.

Below, Mirror Sports US explains Brink’s bio, her influence on the team’s success and her future at the next level…

Who is Cameron Brink?

Stanford star Cameron Brink is one of the best women’s college basketball players of the 2023-24 season – and arguably the top post threat in the nation.

The New Jersey-born college basketball star was well-traveled growing up and spent the majority of her upbringing in Oregon, where she became a natural target of the West Coast powerhouse Cardinal.

Cameron Brink has solidified herself as an all-time great at Stanford.

Brink’s parents are named Greg and Michelle, with both competing in college basketball at Virginia Tech. She has an older brother named Cy.

The 22-year-old has competed for Team USA basketball at youth level to tremendous success and is awaiting her senior call-up. She’s unlikely to make the 2024 Paris Olympics roster but could be in play for the 2028 Games hosted by Los Angeles.

“Gosh, it’s been a dream of mine (going to the Olympics) ever since I started really playing basketball,” Brink told NBC last year.

“To be able to represent your country on that big of a stage is just such an honor. I think it’s reasonable for me to think that I could do that.

“So if I go to enough tournaments, get enough points, and continue to be invested in the sport then I think it’s possibility. It’s kind of crazy to wrap my mind around but I think I can shoot for it and I can make it happen if I work hard enough.”

How tall is Cameron Brink?

Officially listed at 6-foot-4, Brink plays even bigger that her height with the help of a long wingspan and coordinated bursts of athleticism in the paint.

Brink secured almost 20 rebounds per 40 minutes in the 2023-24 regular season, demanding other teams double her inside whenever possible.

STANFORD, CA - JANUARY 21: Cameron Brink #22 celebrates with Kiki Iriafen #44 of the Stanford Cardinal during a game between Oregon State University and Stanford University at Maples Pavilion on January 21, 2024 in Stanford, California. (Photo by Bob Drebin/ISI Photos/Getty Images)

Even when help came, though, it remained almost impossible to keep her from grabbing the ball and putting it back up for valuable second-chance points.

Cameron Brink stats at Stanford

Brink has improved across the board throughout her time at Stanford. Her free-throw breakthrough has been particularly impressive and suggested to scouts that she might be able to develop shooting range in the WNBA.

Cameron Brink’s relation to Curry family

Brink’s parents, Greg and Michelle, have known Sonya and Dell Curry for decades after meeting at Virginia Tech where all four played college sports.

Greg and Dell were basketball teammates. Of course, Sonya and Dell Curry became parents to future NBA players Stephen Curry and Seth Curry.

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry grew up around Cameron Brink's family.

Brink is the goddaughter of the Currys, and she spent significant time with them growing up. As a result, Stephen Curry has attended multiple Stanford women’s basketball games with Brink on the floor.

When will Cameron Brink be drafted in WNBA?

Analysts widely agree that Brink will be the second overall pick in the 2024 WNBA Draft behind only Caitlin Clark. The Los Angeles Sparks hold that selection after trading up in a blockbuster deal with the Seattle Storm.

Brink officially declared for the 2024 WNBA Draft with an announcement on March 12.

It was a difficult decision, though, as she had previously told the Pac-12 network: “It’s a decision that’s weighing on me, and I feel like that’s just honest for me to say. It’s a big decision and it’s a heavy one.

“To know that I have the potential to go second in the draft is a huge blessing, and if I do decide to stay, that’s another huge blessing. … Honestly, I am kind of down the middle. We will see.”

In Brink’s announcement of her intention to leave for the WNBA after the college basketball season, she wrote: “I am excited to announce that I will be declaring for the 2024 WNBA Draft.

Although I am excited for that next chapter, we still have unfinished business and so much to accomplish in my final season at Stanford.”

Cameron Brink and New Balance sponsorship, explained

Brink is sponsored by the apparel company New Balance as part of her most prominent name, image and likeness (NIL) deal. The Stanford player models in advertisements for New Balance.

“Cameron’s exceptional skill on the court and her desire to give back align perfectly with New Balance’s desire to change the game for the better,” the company told Forbes when announcing its partnership with Brink.

“We are excited to support Cameron reaching new heights in her career and contributing to the growth of women’s basketball for years to come.”

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