Nneka Ogwumike Q&A
This week we will be posting Q+As with some of the nation's top prospects so they can introduce themselves to WNBA fans.
Nneka Ogwumike helped lead Stanford to the Final Four each year she was in college. Her senior season, the 6-foot-2 forward averaged 22.5 points and 10.2 rebounds on her way to being the only player aside from Brittney Griner to unanimously be named a First Team All-American. She is widely projected to be the top pick in the 2012 draft.
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How much does making it to four straight Final Fours but not getting a championship motivate you?
It motivates and inspires me to continue to work as an individual to ultimately better my team and teammates.
You seemed like you were starting to add range to your game late in the season, taking more 3-point shots. Is that something you have been working on a lot and is that an area where you want your game to evolve?
I have been working on expanding my game. Towards the end of the season I began feeling more comfortable shooting 3s, but I really want to hone this skill at the next level.
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I was the �Food Ambassador� and focused on gathering the preferences of my teammates for training table while also gathering healthy options.
Many analysts have projected that you will be the No. 1 pick in the Draft. How much thought have you given about where you may end up beginning your pro career?
At this point I am confident that I will end up somewhere, and am therefore very grateful for this opportunity. Just taking it one day at a time.
What three words best describe your game?
Athletic. Explosive. 110%
What strengths, qualities or skills will be able to bring to a WNBA team?
My work ethic, leadership, my athleticism.
What do you expect to be some of the biggest challenges or adjustments at the next level?
Adjusting to a new team and style, also the physicality of the game.
What specific skills do you need to work on in order to succeed at this level?
Continue to shoot and being a perimeter threat.
When were you introduced to the game of basketball?
At 11 years old after growing too tall for gymnastics.
When did you know you wanted to be a professional basketball player? And, given that dream, when did you realize that you had a legitimate shot of doing so?
Last summer at the beginning of my senior year.
What do you think it will feel like when your name first gets called and who will you share the moment with?
I�ll probably feel like a million bucks and like I�m about to make a difference. I�m definitely going to celebrate with my family.
Once you get settled in a new team, do you have any first-year goals in mind?
CONTRIBUTE! Get people to know me as a player and a person
What WNBA players are you most looking forward to playing against or meeting?
Diana Taurasi, Slyvia Fowles, Candace Parker and Sue Bird.
What is your best on-court moment?
It�s between ending Connecticut�s streak and the Tennessee game my senior year.
Tell your new fans something that most people do not know about you?
I can do a back flip. Probably the longest back flip anyone has ever seen.
How would you describe yourself?
Goofy. :P Unselfish, curious
What�s your favorite movie? What type of music do you listen to? Any particular artists that you listen to prior to a game?
Movie: A Bug�s Life
Music: A;; but country, but mostly 90s hip-hop, rap and R&B
Do you use social media? If so, what platform? And, would you like to share your information with your new fans?
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