Nnemkadi Ogwumike

Name: Nnemkadi Ogwumike
Height: 6'2"
Position: Forward
Class: Senior
School: Stanford
School Bio: Nnemkadi Ogwumike


Unquestionably the top senior in the country entering the season, Nnemkadi “Nneka” Ogwumike has backed up the hype with another fantastic year, leading Stanford to the top of the Pac-12 conference. Ogwumike is averaging a career-best 21.9 points, ninth in the NCAA, to go along with 10.7 rebounds, T-12th in the NCAA. Teamed with her sophomore sister, Chiney, the Ogwumike sisters have the Cardinal prepped for another long run to the Final Four during March Madness.

What the Lynx think

“6’2 Power Forward with great skills and a very high basketball I.Q. A very efficient player who’s good on the low block. She’s also very good at moving without the ball, cutting and slashing to the basket. Has a knack for tracking down rebounds. Very active defender.”
- Shelley Patterson, Lynx Assistant Coach

What They're Saying

“Nneka Ogwumike is one of the best athletes to come into the WNBA Draft in a very long time. She is a relentless rebounder, a soaring leaper and she has spent the last two year developing her game away from the basket so that she can function better as an undersized post.”
- Michelle Smith, ESPNW

“Nneka is one of the country's most impressive inside players. I expect her jump shot to improve in the WNBA and when it does she has the chance to become one of the country's most dominant players. Although she is 6-feet-2-inches, her vertical leap allows Ogwumike to play like someone 6-4 or even taller. She has big-time moves to the basket, great defensive instincts and sees the whole court. She has dominated this season despite the fact most opponents have designed defenses to stop her. Nneka often drives underneath against three defenders and still somehow scores.”
- Elliott Almond, San Jose Mercury News

“Nneka is an absolute beast on the boards. Along with her sister, Chiney, she's the heart and soul of a team that should be headed to the Final Four. Despite being double-teamed in virtually every game, she leads the Pac-12 in scoring and rebounding. She probably will lose the National Player of the Year awards to Brittney Griner, but she is right up there with Jennifer Azzi, Kate Starbird and Candice Wiggins among the best players Stanford has ever had.”
- Tom Fitzgerald, San Francisco Chronicle

“What separates Ogwumike from every other top college post player eligible for this year's draft is that she doesn't merely put up big numbers by simply overpowering her competition, but she reads defenses and sets them up to get beat before she even gets the ball. What makes Ogwumike stand out as the top pick is that combination of athleticism, a high basketball IQ, and the ability to do so many things well on both ends of the court.”
- Nate Parham, SwishAppeal.com

“"A really talented forward who can score from almost anywhere on the court. Has tremendous hands and is a proven winner, helping guide Stanford to three straight Final Four appearances."
- Doug Feinberg, Associated Press

“2nd best athlete in the draft, won head to head with Tenn and scored 42 in part on Glory Johnson. Scored on pinch post and extended elbow with range and footwork that I hadn’t seen before from Nneka.”
- Debbie Antonelli, National TV College Basketball Analyst