The Connecticut Sun selected Stanford Cardinal forward Chiney Ogwumike No. 1 overall in the 2014 WNBA draft on April 14.
The Connecticut Sun selected Stanford Cardinal forward Chiney Ogwumike No. 1 overall in the 2014 WNBA draft at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Ucansville, Conn. on April 14.
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Aside from taking Ogwumike with the top overall pick, the Sun also traded 2012 MVP Tina Charles to the New York Liberty, per The Associated Press (via ESPN):
"Minutes after taking Chiney Ogwumike with the top pick in the WNBA draft Monday night, the Sun made a blockbuster deal to trade 2012 MVP Tina Charles to the New York Liberty.
"The Sun acquired the Liberty's fourth pick this year which turned out to be Alyssa Thomas as well as Kelsey Bone and New York's first-round pick next year. Charles had told the Sun that if she wasn't traded she'd sit out this year."
Charles, a native of New York who averaged 18 points and 10.1 rebounds last season, wanted to play for the New York Liberty so she can play in her home state, per John Altavilla of The Hartford Courant.
Connecticut vice president and general manager Chris Sienko told The Associated Press said the trade was for the team's long-term future.
He said,"We're not going to be held hostage by anybody. We had to do what's best for our organization and fan base. New York came back with a significant offer...That's a great trade."
Chiney Ogwumike joins her sister Nneka as the only sisters to be taken first overall in the WNBA draft.
NFL quarterback brothers Peyton and Eli Manning are the only other sibling pair to be drafted first overall in any of the four major American sports, per The Associated Press, citing STATS.
The younger Ogwumike said to be chosen No. 1 overall and be part of the sister tandem to have achieved that feat is a surreal feeling.
"To be picked No. 1 in front of those Connecticut fans with my family and sister, it's unreal.
"When somebody told me that I was like,'Whoa, that's pretty cool,' We fell into the sport and found our passion in it and now it's a life. To share that moment with my sister, she's the reason I play, and to be called a No. 1 draft pick is inconceivable."
Ogwumike also said Charles' trade to the Liberty was a bit surprisig, notes ESPN's Kate Fagan.
She said,"When I heard the news about Tina, obviously I was a little surprised. But I trust in the coaches, I trust in the management, and at the end of the day, whoever is between the lines is going to go in there and compete, and I'm going to be one of those people."
Here's how the 2014 WNBA draft's first round stacked up, per WNBA.com:
1. Chiney Ogwumike (Stanford), Connecticut Sun
2. Odyssey Sims (Baylor), Tulsa Shock
3. Kayla McBride (Notre Dame), San Antonio Stars
4. Alyssa Thomas (Maryland), New York Liberty
5. Natasha Howard (Florida State), Indiana Fever
6. Stefanie Dolson (Connecticut), Washington Mystics
7. Bria Hartley (Connecticut), Seattle Storm
8. Shoni Schimmel (Louisville), Atlanta Dream
9. Natalie Achonwa (Notre Dame), Indiana Fever
10. Markeisha Gatling (North Carolina State), Chicago Sky
11. Chelsea Gray (Duke), Connecticut Sun
12. Tricia Liston (Duke), Minnesota Lynx
According to Do-Hyoung Park of The Stanford Daily, Ogwumike emerged as the Pac-12's all-time leading scorer and rebounder, helping the Cardinal establish a 33-4 win-loss record and reach the NCAA Final Four.