ESPN’s Chiney Ogwumike is pulling serious double-duty. The Stanford graduate is a star in the WNBA for the Connecticut Sun. She is also now a full-time studio analyst for ESPN.
Ogwumike was already doing some part-time work for the Worldwide Leader. She is also a cohost of SportsCenter Africa. Now, she’s adding a lot more basketball analysis onto her plate.
The 26-year old will appear on SportsCenter and The Jump, and will provide additional NBA, WNBA, and women’s college hoops coverage. From ESPN‘s release:
ESPN today announced it has reached a multi-year agreement with current WNBA player Chiney Ogwumike that will make her a full-time multi-platform ESPN commentator. Ogwumike will add a regular basketball studio analyst role to her slate of SportsCenter Africa co-hosting responsibilities. Ogwumike will contribute analysis for ESPN’s cross-platform NBA, WNBA and women’s college basketball studio coverage.
At just 26 years old, Ogwumike is one of the youngest regular national sports studio analysts and one of the only full-time professional athletes to currently hold a regular national sports media position. She is a power forward for the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun, where she was the first overall draft pick in 2014 before winning Rookie of the Year and making the All-Star team in the same season.
ESPN’s Chiney Ogwumike also released a statement about her expanded role:
“I am beyond thrilled to continue to grow with ESPN in this expanded role. I am extremely fortunate to be able to play at the highest level of women’s professional basketball while also contributing as a diverse voice to the worldwide leader in sports. It is truly the best of both worlds, being able to pursue my passions both on and off the court. My hope is to inspire the rising generation, especially young girls, to continue to defy expectations and create their own path.”
Ogwumike missed the 2015 season with injury, and sat out last year to free up a roster spot after suffering an injury while playing in China. She did receive a contract extension from the Sun ahead of that decision.
In 2014, she was the WNBA’s Rookie of the Year, and an All-Star. That season, she averaged 15.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.
She left Stanford as the leading scorer in Pac-12 history, a record that has since been broken. She played in three Final Fours for the Cardinal.