Biography of Chiney Ogwumike
Chinenye “Chiney” Ogwumike is a Nigerian-American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). Additionally, Ogwumike was one of the first and youngest commentators to be named an NBA analyst while also playing for the WNBA. Additionally, she became the first black woman and the first WNBA player to host a national radio show for ESPN.
Born in Tomball, Texas, United States. Ogwumike went to school at Cypress Fairbanks High School in nearby Cypress, Texas. While in high school, she won the 5A state championship her sophomore and senior seasons. Prior to that, Chiney was named a WBCA and McDonald’s All-American. After graduating from high school, she joined Stanford University where she majored in international relations. During her collegiate career, she played in three final fours, and on January 3, 2014, Chiney held the record for most rebounds in Stanford Women’s Basketball and Pac-12 Conference history, a record now held by Kelsey Plum of Washington. .
Ogwumike was the first pick in the 2014 WNBA draft by the Connecticut Sun and has remained with the team ever since. His record average was 15.5 points per game and 7.5 rebounds per game. Soon after joining the WNBA, she and her sister Nneka Ogwumike were the first prospects to be selected for the WNBA All-Star Game. Subsequently, Ogwumike won the WNBA Rookie of the Year Award in 2014. However, the following year she did not play as she was recovering from a microfracture in her right knee.
In 2016, Chiney returned and played a total of 33 games averaging 12.6 points per game. In that period she played against the Dallas Wings and won the match. Unfortunately, that same year, she had to undergo surgery after injuring her Achilles tendon during the WNBA off-season at a game in China. As a result, she had to miss the 2017 WNBA season. Additionally, Chiney was elected Vice President of the WNBA Players Association.
In addition, Ogwumike also played with some clubs abroad such as Europe in the 2014-2015 European season and Italian Familia Schio. In 2016, she signed with WCBA’s Henan Yichuan for the 2016-17 season in China. She also played with the USA Under-18 basketball team. In May 2018, Chiney signed a multi-year deal with ESPN to become a full-time sports analyst. That same year, Chiney returned to the Sun in his season debut, playing in his first WNBA game in two years. In 17 minutes of play, she scored 9 points as a starter in a 101–65 win over the Las Vegas Aces. Furthermore, she also appeared for the second time in the 2018 WNBA All-Star Game.
In 2019, Ogwumike was reunited with his sister after she was traded to the Los Angeles Sparks for their 2020 first round pick. However, in the semifinals, they were eliminated by their former team, the Connecticut Sun. In 2020, Chiney left the team due to a health issue. At the same time, she became the first black woman to host a national radio show for ESPN.
Additionally, she is one of the youngest commentators to be named a full-time NBA analyst for ESPN. She co-hosted the show along with Mike Golic Jr on a radio show called Chiney & Golic Jr. After some time, she joined the NBA Today daily series as a rotating analyst in the studio. Additionally, in February 2021, Ogwumike re-signed with the Sparks to a multi-year deal.
It was Chiney Ogwumike
Chiney is 31 years old in 2023. She was born on the 21st of March 1992, in Tomball, Texas, United States. Furthermore, she celebrates her birthday on the 21st of March every year.
Chiney Ogwumike Height/Weight
Ogwumike stands at a height of 6 Feet 2 Inches (1.88m) tall. She weighs around 79 pounds.
Husband Chiney Ogwumike
Chiney is very private about her personal life hence she has not shared any information about her relationship. She is currently still single and focused on developing her career.
Chiney Ogwumike family
Chiney is the daughter of Peter Ogwumike. She was born and raised in Tomball, Texas. She has an older sister named Nneka Ogwumike who also plays for the Los Angeles Sparks. Her mother is a longtime school administrator, while her father is a technical consultant who splits his time between Nigeria and Houston. Furthermore, she also has two younger sisters Chisom and Erinma.
Chiney Ogwumike Net Worth
Ogwumike’s net worth is estimated to be between $1 million and $5 million US dollars. Her main source of income is her career as a basketball player and an analyst for ESPN.