Apr 1, 2014; Stanford, CA, USA; Stanford Cardinal forward Chiney Ogwumike (13) lines up for a North Carolina Tar Heels free throw during the first half in the finals of the Stanford regional in the 2014 NCAA Tournament at at Maples Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Stanford Star Chiney Ogwumike Goes No. 1 Overall In WNBA Draft


Former Stanford Cardinal standout Chiney Ogwumike was the top selection Monday night in the WNBA Draft, taken by the Connecticut Sun.

Her older sister, Nneka, was the top overall pick by the Los Angeles Sparks in 2012, making the Ogwumikes just the second set of siblings to be picked No. 1 overall in an American professional sports draft, joining football’s Peyton and Eli Manning, who were the top picks in the NFL draft in 1998 and 2004, respectively.

“To be picked No. 1 in front of those Connecticut fans with my family and sister, it’s unreal,” Chiney Ogwumike told the Associated Press.

The draft was held at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., the home court of Connecticut’s WNBA entry.

Other notables taken Monday night included Cal forward Gennifer Brandon, who was taken 22nd overall by the Chicago Sky. Stanford forward Mikaela Ruef went 31st overall to the Seattle Storm.

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