Chiney Ogwumike Biography
Ogwumike is a Nigerian-American professional women’s basketball player for the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women’s National Basketball Association. As of 2020, Chiney became the first Black woman to host a national radio show for ESPN, also being the first WNBA player.
She was one of the first and youngest commentators ever to be named an NBA analyst for the network covering the NBA, WNBA, and a variety of sports, while simultaneously playing in the WNBA.
She was elected Vice-President of the WNBA Players Association and signed an endorsement deal with Adidas in 2016. In May 2018, she signed a multi-year contract with
Chiney Ogwumike Age
Ogwumike is 29 years old as of 2021, she was born on the 21st of March 1992, in Tomball, Texas. He celebrates his birthday on the 21 of March every year.
Chiney Ogwumike Height and weight
Ogwumike stands at an average height of 6 feet 3 inches. She is also of moderate weight weighing 174 lbs equivalent to 79 kg.
Chiney Ogwumike Family, Siblings, and Children
Ogwumike was born and raised by her parents in Texas. Our efforts to find out more about her family came to no avail as no such information is publicly available. Thus, the identity of Ogwumike’s parents is still unclear. However, she has a sister named Nneka Oqwumike. Nneka was also on the Word University team. We will update this section once this information is available.
Chiney Ogwumike Husband and Children
Ogwumike has not gone public with her relationship, it is not publicly known whether she is married or in a relationship. Her partner’s information will be updated as soon as the information is available.
Chiney Ogwumike Education
She attended Cypress Fairbanks High School in nearby Cypress, Texas, winning the 5A State Champion in her sophomore and senior season. Moreover, she was named a WBCA and McDonald’s All-American. Ogwumike participated in the 2010 WBCA High School All-American Game, where she scored 24 points, and earned MVP honors for the White team.
She later joined Stanford University where she graduated in 2014. In the university, she majored in International relations. Ogwumike played in three finals fours and finished as the conference leader in scoring and rebounding as of January 3, 2014.
Chiney Ogwumike Career
She was named to the USA Basketball U18 team. The team was one of eight teams from North, South, and Central America, along with the Caribbean, invited to participate in the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship For Women, held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Jennifer Rizzotti coached the team.
Ogwumike started all five games and was the leading scorer with 13.2 points per game. Additionally, she was the leading rebounder with 7.4 rebounds per game. The team won all five games and captured the gold medal.
Usually, players on the U18 team move to the U19 team. However, Chiney played so well as a U18 that she was promoted to the world University Games team for the 2011 World University Games held in Shenzhen, China. She was not the only Ogwumike on the team, as her sister, Nneka Ogwumike, was also on the team. They both started every game, with Chiney scoring almost ten points per game. Ogwumike hit 25 of 37 shot attempts for a team-leading 67.6% shooting percentage.
Additionally, She helped the USA win all six games and earn the gold medal
In the 2014-15 Europen season, she played in Italy for Familia Schio. During the 2016 WNBA season, She had signed with Henan Phonix of the WCBA for the 2016-17 Chinese season.
In her fifth game, she scored 56 points (on 23 of 24 field goal shooting) along with 12 rebounds. Ogwumike would end up winning the first-round MVP, averaging 33.6 points per game and 12.4 rebounds per game, before her Achilles injury.
She was drafted first overall in the 2014 WNBA draft by the Connecticut Sun. In her rookie season, she became a starter, averaging a career-high 15.5 points per game and 7.5 rebounds per game. Ogwumike was named a WNBA All-Star along with her sister Nneka Ogwumike, becoming the first pair of sisters to be selected into a WNBA All-Star game.
Chiney would also win the WNBA Rookie of the Year Award in 2014. She sat out the entire 2015 season while recovering from a micro-fracture on her right knee that she sustained months before the season. She came back healthy for the 2016 season, playing 33 games with 18 starts while averaging 12.6 points per game.
Ogwumike had scored a career-high 26 points along with 15 rebounds in a regular-season game win against the Dallas Wings. It was announced that Ogwumike had undergone surgery after injuring her Achilles while playing overseas in China during the WNBA offseason in December 2016. Ogwumike was ruled out with an estimated recovery period of 6-9 months, which caused her to miss the 2017 WNBA season.
In April 2017, she was suspended by the Sun for the entire 2017 season to free up a roster spot due to her injury, and that same month she also signed a contract extension.
Ogwumike made her return to the Sun in their season debut, playing her first WNBA game in two years on May 20, 2018. In 17 minutes of play, Ogwumike scored 9 points in the starting lineup in a 101-65 victory over the Las Vegas Aces. On June 30, 2018, she scored a new career-high of 30 points in a 103-92 loss to the Seattle Storm. Later in the 2018 season, it was announced that she was voted into the 2018 WNBA All-Star Game, making it her second all-star appearance.
On April 28, 2019, Chiney was traded to the Los Angeles Sparks for a 2020 first-round pick, reuniting her with her sister Nneka Ogwumike. In June 2020, She announced she would sit out the 2020 WNBA season due to health concerns of playing in the bubble during the COVID-19 pandemic.
She signed re-signed with the sparks to a multi-year deal in February 2021.
Ogwumike signed a multi-year contract with ESPN to become a full-time basketball analyst in May 2018. In August 2020, Ogwumike became the first Black woman to host a national radio show for ESPN, while also becoming the first WNBA player to do so as well. Moreover, she is one of the youngest commentators to be named a full-time NBA analyst for ESPN, while simultaneously playing in the WNBA. She was partnered with Mike Golic Jr., as the co-host of ESPN radio show Chiney & Gloic Jr.
Chiney Ogwumike Net Worth and Salary
Ogwumike’s net worth is estimated to be between $1 million and $5 million dollars. This includes his assets, money, and income. His primary source of income is his career as an ESPN Personality and as a basketballer. Through his various sources of income, Ogwumike has been able to accumulate good fortune but prefers to lead a modest lifestyle.