Uncasville, CT, United States (4E Sports) – The Connecticut Sun picked Chiney Ogwumike as the No. 1 overall pick in Monday’s WNBA draft.
With the move, Chiney and her sister Nneka became only the second siblings to be drafted No. 1 in any American sport. Quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning were taken atop the 1998 and 2004 NFL drafts.
“I didn’t expect to go No. 1,” Chiney Ogwumike said. “I hoped so, but anything can happen in a draft. I was definitely a little stressed out. Nneka kept saying, ‘Don’t worry. Don’t worry.’ “
Nneka Ogwumike, who also went to Stanford, was taken No. 1 overall by the Los Angeles Sparks in 2012 and won the Rookie of the Year award.
The siblings will play only twice in the twice season, which opens May 16.
“That’s the benefit of playing in the East,” said Chiney Ogwumike, who was Stanford’s 11th WNBA first-round pick and the sixth in the past seven years. “It’s a great break. It keeps peace in the household.”
The draft had a surprising start when the Sun traded former UConn center and 2012 MVP Tina Charles and a 2015 third-round pick to the New York Liberty for center Kelsey Bone, the No. 4 pick in the first round and next year’s first-round pick.
With that fourth pick, the Sun took Maryland forward Alyssa Thomas, joining the revamped front court for a team that finished 10-24 last season.
Later in the first round, Connecticut selected Duke guard Chelsea Gray, who will miss this season with a knee injury.
In the third round, the Sun chose center DeNesha Stallworth, a Pinole Valley High alum who played at Cal before transferring to Kentucky.