Stanford Basketball Signs Nneka Ogwumike To National Letter-Of-Intent

Nov. 19, 2007

STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford women's basketball head coach Tara VanDerveer announced Monday the signing of prep standout Nneka Ogwumike (Cypress, Texas/Cy-Fair HS) to a national letter-of-intent. The signing completes VanDerveer's 2007-08 recruiting class, as Ogwumike joins Sarah Boothe (Gurnee, Ill./Warren Township HS), Lindy La Rocque (Las Vegas, Nev./Durango HS), and Grace Mashore (Washington, D.C./National Cathedral HS) as the Cardinal's newest additions for the 2008-09 season.

'I am very pleased to welcome Nneka to the Stanford community and our basketball program,' VanDerveer said. 'She gives us a very athletic presence and will help us in nearly every facet of the game with her versatility. Nneka is the type of player that, along with the existing depth of our team, will allow us to continue to compete at the highest level. I really think that Nneka is a special player and will make an immediate impact for us next season.'

Ogwumike, the No. 6 overall prospect in the 'Hoopgurlz Hundred' and a two-sport star in basketball and volleyball at Cy-Fair High School, brings a lengthy and accomplished resumè to The Farm. On the basketball court, the 6-2 forward earned first-team All-America honors from EA Sports and second-team honors from Parade Magazine after a 2006-07 season which saw her average 19.6 points, 11.2 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks in addition to sporting a 62.5% mark shooting from the field. As a junior, Ogwumike was also recognized as a Gatorade Player of the Year and Miss Texas Basketball. Her big year helped propel Cy-Fair to a 39-1 record and the Texas State 5A title game last season.

Her many talents on the hardwood include a solid ability to score both inside and on the perimeter, as well as her elite athleticism that contributes to her highly-touted skill as a defender.

'After visiting Stanford and considering the other official visits that I had made, I realized that Stanford was the only place that I felt completely comfortable and could visualize myself going,' Ogwumike said. 'It was mainly the academics that I put into perspective when making my decision, as well as the opportunities I would have after earning my degree from Stanford. I am also very excited about getting to play for a wonderful program that has very talented athletes and phenomenal coaches.'

The Cardinal, ranked fifth in both national polls, arrived in the U.S. Virgin Islands late Monday and will begin play in the 2007 Paradise Jam Thanksgiving Night against No. 2/2 Connecticut. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. PT and the contest will be televised on FSN.

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