Brittney Griner, the top pick in the WNBA draft Monday night, has quietly come out publicly.

The Phoenix Mercury took the former Baylor center star who has been twice named the AP Player of the Year.

In comments to several media outlets, Griner, 22, discussed her sexual orientation, apparently for the first time.

“My parents didn't know at the time,” she told USA Today on Monday. “I hadn't come out completely. It was kind of like, YOU KNOW. … I just hadn't said it. My dad and my mom have always told me, 'Be who you are.' At the time, they probably weren't sure what I was interpreting that as.”

Sports Illustrated asked Griner why gay women are more accepted in professional sports than gay men.

“I really couldn't give an answer on why that's so different. Being one that's out, it's just being who you are.”

“I've always been open about who I am and my sexuality. So, it wasn't hard [to come out] at all. If I can show that I'm out and I'm fine and everything's okay, then hopefully the younger generation will definitely feel the same way,” Griner added.