Cypress, TX News – Ogwumike Becomes Third Former Bobcat Taken No. 1 in WNBA Draft

Cypress, TX News (April 17, 2014) - On Monday, Stanford University senior Chiney Ogwumike became the third Cy-Fair High School graduate to be selected No. 1 overall in the WNBA Draft, after Lindsey Harding in 2007 and her sister, Nneka Ogwumike, in 2012.

According to Chiney, that statistic isn’t by accident.

“A lot of people think that our success was developed in college, but it starts younger,” said Ogwumike. “Cy-Fair prepared us not only with academic rigor but what we learned outside of the classroom and the availability to participate in clubs and hobbies. My time there was really influential for me being myself in college, and the great competition on the court helped prepare me for the next level.”

The Connecticut Sun drafted Ogwumike with the No. 1 pick, after a senior season in which she averaged 26.1 points and 12.1 rebounds per game. She said the realization of being a professional athlete hit her during a post-draft phone interview.

Stanford forward and Cy-Fair High School graduate Chiney Ogwumike holds up a Connecticut Sun jersey with WNBA President Laurel J. Richie after being selected No. 1 overall in Monday’s draft. (Photo by Jessica Hill, Associated Press)

 

“I was introduced to some of the beat writers in San Francisco and Palo Alto as ‘Chiney Ogwumike of the Connecticut Sun,’ and it was very surreal,” she said.

Ogwumike said she looks forward to the challenge of competing against her sister, an All-Star forward for the Los Angeles Sparks.

“I think it will be really fun. Even though we both love to win, it will be a great moment because we haven’t had that opportunity before,” she said. “It is interesting, because I don’t just look at her as my sister but also a WNBA All-Star and Rookie of the Year. It will be a great and exciting challenge to go up against one of the league’s best players.”

As she looked ahead toward a bright future, Ogwumike reflected upon a storied high school career during which she won two state championships (2008 and 2010) under a coach she loves and respects, Cy-Fair’s Ann Roubique.

“Coach Roubique sent me a text before and after the draft saying she was so proud of me,” Ogwumike said. “I love her to death. She has supported me throughout my whole college career after I left Cy-Fair. On top of all the things she taught us on the court, she taught us to trust your coach. I have been fortunate to have good relationships with all my coaches.”