Chiney Ogwumike, Forward, Connecticut Sun
Chiney Ogwumike was selected as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft by the Connecticut Sun. Chiney followed in the footsteps of her older sister, Nneka, who was also selected No. 1 overall. The Ogwumike’s joined Peyton and Eli Manning as the only other siblings in American professional sports to be selected first overall in their respective sports. Ogwumike came highly touted out of Stanford as she led the Cardinal to multiple Final Four appearances. Chiney’s first year in the WNBA, she won Rookie of the Year, averaging 15.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. Chiney is of Nigerian descent and wants to pay homage to that. In 2014, Chiney and Nneka launched a fundraising competition that involved girls’ middle and high school basketball teams. The purpose of the competition was to raise funds supporting UNICEF programs that focus on female education and empowerment in Nigeria. Chiney attributes her love of basketball to the WNBA. Growing up as a kid in Houston, she watched the Houston Comets win multiple WNBA Titles. The pioneers of the WNBA inspired her to become a WNBA player herself, which seems to be going just fine.