It took less than two years for Nnemkadi Ogwumike - better known as Nneka - to establish herself as the latest great player from Stanford. After coming off the bench part of her freshman season, the co-Parade High School Player of the Year broke through as a sophomore, averaging 18.5 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. Ogwumike had bigger things in store. During her senior season, which is still active after Stanford secured a fifth consecutive trip to the Final Four on Monday night, Ogwumike has averaged 22.5 points (eighth in the country) and 10.3 rebounds (16th).
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What Ogwumike has shown this year is an ability to single-handedly take over games. She's gone for 30-plus points six times, including a spectacular 42-point outing (on 27 shots) against Tennessee and 39 points during the regional semifinal against South Carolina. Just two things are missing from Ogwumike's collegiate resume, and she has a chance to add both by next Tuesday - a Player of the Year award and an NCAA title.
Post Scoring - By this point, Ogwumike has become impossible to stop without a double-team. She does an excellent job of establishing position in the paint and has good footwork and finishing ability around the basket.
Rebounding - Before anything else, Ogwumike excelled on the glass. She grabs 19.8 percent of available rebounds and has grabbed at least 15 rebounds six times this year.
Athleticism - Ogwumike is fast for a post player and can create easy baskets by beating the defense downcourt. Her strong agility will allow her to defend on the perimeter in the WNBA.
Height - At 6-2, Ogwumike is a touch small for a professional power forward, though her wingspan helps her play bigger than her listed height.
Shooting Range - Ogwumike is an accurate midrange shooter and excellent at the free throw line (83.1 percent) but has yet to translate that into three-point range. She's made just six career triples. If she adds the three to her game, look out.
"Extremely high energy player. Tremendous rebounder. Has improved her offensive skills. A true four player who plays with a high level of intensity.."