Chiney Ogwumike, Gatorade National Female Athlete of the Year
2009-10 Athletic Resume
• 2010 McDonald’s High School All-American Game MVP
• 2010 Naismith Girls High School Basketball Player of the Year
• 2010 Parade Magazine Co-Player of the Year
• 2010 Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-America Game MVP
• No. 1 national recruit in the Class of 2010, according to ESPNU and Blue Star Basketball
• 2010 Texas Girls Coaches Association 2009-2010 4A-5A Athlete of the Year
• 2009-10 Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Class 5A All-State selection
• 2008 USA Basketball Women’s U18 National Team Trials Roster
• 2008-09 Class 5A All-State selection as named by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches
• 2008-09 Second Team All-American as named by PARADE Magazine
• 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09 Class 5A All-State selection
• Recorded 21 points, 12 rebounds, three steals, two blocks and one assist per game in 2008-09
• Playing alongside sister Nneka, the 2010 Pac-10 Player of the Year, Chiney helped Cy-Fair capture the 2008 Class 5A state title
• Helped Bobcats to a state final four appearance in each of her four varsity seasons
2009-10 Academic Resume
• 4.0 GPA
• Graduated No. 3 in her class
• Student Body President
Community Service/Extracurricular Activity Resume
• Superintendent of Student Leadership Committee
• Cofounded the “Step Up 2 A Reason” fundraising event to benefit local underprivileged families
• Vice president of her school’s civil rights club
• Volunteered more than 200 community-service hours on behalf of her church
What are you most looking forward to about Hollywood, the red carpet and the ESPYs?
I look forward to meeting all types of people, the people you see on TV, and sharing moment with other great athletes. I’d love to say, “Hi,” to LeBron. I’d love to say, “Hello,” to Candace Parker. Meeting Kobe would be cool, too.
What’s your best asset as an AOY contender and what would it be like to win?
I feel I’ve worked hard in every aspect of my life. Something like this would be humbling and honoring. My charity work distinguishes me, definitely. We’re all great athletes. It’s very important to me to give back as much as I’ve been given. I would be so excited and honored to win. I’d feel pride in myself and my community. I didn’t become a great player by myself.
The “Wow” Factor
Ogwumike led the Bobcats (36-1) to a No. 7 national ranking and the Class 5A state title last season. She averaged 22.9 points, 13.9 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 2.1 blocks, though playing just 18 minutes per game. As a senior, Ogwumike shot 66.1-percent from the floor and recorded 11 double-doubles, including 24 points and 25 rebounds in the state semifinals. As an encore, she scored 31 points and 18 rebounds in the title game.
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