The 1st overall pick to the Connecticut Sun in the 2014 WNBA Draft from Stanford
University, Chiney Ogwumike was the 2014 WNBA Rookie of the year and is a two-time
WNBA All-Star. As the top pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft, Chiney and her sister Nneka
made history, joining Peyton and Eli Manning as the only siblings ever selected number
one overall in a professional sports league. Chiney was named the 2016 AP Comeback
Player of the Year.
Chiney joined ESPN in 2017 and serves as an NBA analyst and host for SportsCenter and
SportsCenter Africa. Chiney also works as an analyst for the Boston Celtics and NBC
Boston, and as a co-host of two podcasts, ESPN's "The Hoop Collective" and ESPN's The
Undefeated's "The Plug". As on-air talent, Chiney has worked as an analyst for ESPN and
Pac-12 Network; analyst for NBATV; and co-host for studio shows such as ESPN’s First
Take, SportsNation, The Jump, and Pac-12 Network’s Sports Report.
The 6'4" forward and Cypress, Texas native of Nigerian descent graduated from Stanford
University with an International Relations degree under the mentorship of Dr.
Condoleezza Rice. Chiney led Stanford to three Final Fours while distinguishing herself
in academics, earning multiple honors for her academic success, including being named
the 2014 Capital One Academic All-American of the Year and the Pac-12 Women's
Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Chiney and her sister Nneka have redefined the
word "Nerd" through several music videos which they conceptualized and produced
while at Stanford, celebrating the culture of the school in a movement entitled "Nerd
At Stanford, Chiney was a three-time First Team All-American, two-time Pac-12 Player of
the Year, three-time Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, four-time All-Pac 12 First Team,
and finalist for multiple national Player of the Year awards each of the last three seasons.
The John R. Wooden Award winner and Pac-12's all-time leading scorer and rebounder's
26.1 points per game, 12.1 rebounds, 60.1% field-goal percentage, and 27 double-doubles
made Chiney the only player in the country to rank in the NCAA's top 10 in each of those
categories. Chiney captured a gold medal with USA Basketball at the FIBA 3x3 World
Championships in August 2012 and earned a gold medal with the USA Basketball World
University Games team in 2011.
Chiney is passionate about giving back and empowering the next generation. Chiney
spent the spring of 2013 studying abroad in Nigeria where she successfully raised
$30,000 to build a basketball court for underprivileged youth in an effort to break down
barriers for girls in sports and instill confidence in the next generation. Chiney and
Nneka partnered with UNICEF in 2014 to raise almost $10,000 for girls’ education and
empowerment in Nigeria. Chiney has made numerous trips to Africa with NBA Africa
and other nonprofits to help launch youth engagement initiatives using basketball as a
tool for development, including a 2017 trip to Rwanda with nonprofit Shooting Touch to
celebrate International Women’s Day.
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