UNCASVILLE, Conn. (April 14, 2014) - With the first overall pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft presented by State Farm, the Connecticut Sun chose 6-foot-4 Stanford forward Chiney Ogwumike of Stanford on Monday night at Mohegan Sun Arena.
Ogwumike and her sister Nneka - the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 WNBA Draft " join Peyton and Eli Manning as the only siblings chosen first overall in an NFL, NBA, NHL, Major League Baseball or WNBA draft.
"Chiney has been a charismatic and dynamic player who we have thoroughly enjoyed watching," Sun head coach Anne Donovan said Monday. "We are very excited to welcome her to the Connecticut Sun."
A three-time WBCA Coaches" All-American, Ogwumike averaged 26.1 points and 12.1 rebounds per game this season, collecting 27 double-doubles while leading Stanford to a 33-4 record and its sixth Final Four in seven years. Ogwumike was the Pac-12 Player and Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season and was the 2014 recipient of the John R. Wooden Award.
Off the court, Ogwumike was the Capitol One Academic All-American of the Year and was named to the Academic All-America Team by CoSIDA for the second straight year. Prior to the Pac-12 Tournament, she earned Pac-12 Women's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors.
"Chiney is someone we have coveted for a long time," Connecticut Sun Vice President and General Manager Chris Sienko said. "Her ability as an athlete is second only to her personality. She's a positive force. Her teammates will love her, as will our fans. She is a skilled presence in the post who can compete with anyone."
Ogwumike finished her career at Stanford with 2,737 points and 1,567 rebounds, averaging 18.9 points and 10.8 rebounds per game. She broke Kayla Pedersen's program record for career rebounds (1,266) this past January 3rd, and Candace Wiggins" record for career points (2,629) on March 22nd. She is just the fifth Stanford player to reach 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. Her career rebounding total puts her fifth-all time at the NCAA level, and her 967 points scored during the 2013-14 season is the sixth-highest single-season total in NCAA history.
"she has been a proven winner with Stanford, leading them to three Final Four appearances as well as earning several gold medals with USA Basketball," Donovan said. "Her versatility in the post, her rebounding prowess and her leadership are just a few of the characteristics that led Chiney to be our number one pick."
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