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Nneka Ogwumike          

Nigerian-American Basketball Player for the Los Angeles Sparks; Drafted No 1 Overall in the 2012 WNBA Draft

The WNBA All-Star and 2012 WNBA Rookie of the Year, Nneka Ogwumike was the first overall pick to the Los Angeles Sparks in the 2012 WNBA Draft. With Nneka's sister Chiney's selection as the first overall pick to the Connecticut Sun in the 2014 WNBA Draft, the sisters made history, joining Peyton and Eli Manning as the only siblings ever selected number one overall in a professional sports league.

The 6'2" forward and Cypress, Texas native of Nigerian descent averaged 14.6 points, 7.6 rebounds and a team-leading 1.47 steals per game in 2013 and finished second in the WNBA with a 56.6 percent shooting percentage and third in the league in total offensive rebounds (95).

In 2012-2013 Nneka led CCC Polkowice to win the Polish League's championship and Polish Cup as well as leading the team to the EuroLeague Women Final Eight. In 2013-2014, Nneka played for the Guangdong Dolphins of the Women's Chinese Basketball Association (WBCA), averaging 27.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.3 steals per game.

Nneka had a storied college career at Stanford, having led the school to four consecutive Final Four appearances. The three-time Wade Trophy, Wooden Award finalist and former Pac-10 Player of the Year earned a gold medal with the USA Basketball World University Games team in 2011. While at Stanford, Nneka and her sister Chiney redefined the word "Nerd" through several music videos which they conceptualized and produced, celebrating the culture of the school in a movement entitled "Nerd Nation." Nneka is passionate about giving back and empowering the next generation.

Accolades include:

  • 2016 WNBA Most Valuable Player

  • Four-time WNBA All-Star (2012, 2014, 2015, 2017…all as a reserve)

  • Three-time All-WNBA Team (First Team – 2016; Second Team – 2014, 2017)

  • Three-time WNBA All-Defensive Team (First Team – 2015, 2016, 2017)

  • WNBA Rookie of the Year (2012)

  • 10-time WNBA Western Conference Player of the Week

  • (Week ending 6/10/12, 9/16/12, 6/29/14, 7/5/15, 6/12/16, 7/3/16, 7/17/16, 7/22/16, 9/4/16, 9/18/16)


Chiney and Nneka Ogwumike, Sisters and No. 1 Picks, Face Off ...
Chiney and Nneka Ogwumike, who were both No. 1 overall picks, played against each other for the first time as professionals Sunday, but they also have plans ...
WNBA - Sisters Nneka and Chiney Ogwumike set to square off for ...
Chiney Ogwumike, Nneka Ogwumike Brian Babineau/NBAE/Getty Images As teammates in both high school and college, sisters Nneka and Chiney Ogwumike  ...
Local sports digest: Nneka Ogwumike gets better of sister Chiney ...
Chiney Ogwumike was filled with mixed emotions when she made her way to the Los Angeles Sparks locker room to meet up with older sister Nneka Ogwumike.

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