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Nnemkadi Ogwumike



Nnemkadi Ogwumike enters her senior year in 2011-12, on pace to graduate in June with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. As of the beginning of this academic year, Ogwumike boasts a 3.12 grade-point average.


Ogwumike established herself as one of Stanford’s key leaders early in her time on The Farm. She has served as a team captain since her sophomore season, and her role is not just limited to the basketball court. In addition to being the team’s on-court leader, Ogwumike also looks out for her teammates outside the gym, one of those ways being her role as the team’s food and nutrition point person. Ogwumike handles the team’s menu requests for such events as team training table, pregame meals and team meals on the road during the season. Through this role, Ogwumike puts her organizational and communication skills to work, collaborating with team staffers as well as Stanford’s training table caterer to ensure that the team is sticking to its optimal nutrition plan.


Ogwumike and the Stanford team take an active role in the local community, participating in projects ranging from serving the homeless to visiting local schools to motivate and engage with the local youth. Over the past year, Ogwumike and her teammates have assisted with Operation Christmas Child, in which the team packed and wrapped shoeboxes full of toys that were distributed around the world and given to kids who would not normally receive Christmas presents. They visited St. Anthony’s Church, where the team prepared and served food to over 600 homeless people, and also cooked and served meals of lasagna, salad and garlic bread to families staying at the local Ronald McDonald House. For the local youth, Ogwumike and her teammates visited over 25 schools last season, talking to students about the benefits of staying active, eating healthy and having self-confidence in their daily lives.


Even with one year remaining on The Farm, Ogwumike has already put together one of the most decorated resumes in Stanford history. She is Stanford’s seventh multiple-time WBCA Coaches’ All-American,  earning her second selection to the All-America team in 2011. She was also named to the Associated Press All-America Second Team in both 2010 and 2011. Ogwumike is a two-time All-Pac-10 Team selection, earning the Pac-10 Player of the Year award in 2010. Heading into her senior season in 2011-12, Ogwumike sits in Stanford’s career top 10 for field-goal percentage (60.1 - first on the career list), points scored (1,682 – eighth) and rebounds (858 – seventh). She is also on pace to become just the fourth player in Stanford history to record 2,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds in her career, joining Jayne Appel (2006-10), Nicole Powell (2000-04) and Val Whiting (1989-93).