Nation's No. 1 Recruit Chiney Ogwumike Signs National Letter Of Intent With Stanford

Nov. 12, 2009

STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford Basketball bolstered its talented 2009 recruiting class Thursday as head coach Tara VanDerveer announced the signing of the nation's consensus No. 1 recruit, forward Chiney Ogwumike (Cypress, Texas/Cy-Fair HS), to a National Letter of Intent.

'We are very excited that Chiney has signed with Stanford, she brings a great combination of size, talent, versatility and aggressiveness to this program,' VanDerveer said. 'We expect that she will make great contributions to our team and we know that she is a very special player.'

Ogwumike joins guards Sara James (El Dorado Hills, Calif./Oak Ridge HS) and Toni Kokenis (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale HS) in Stanford's 2009 women's basketball recruiting class and will debut with the team in the 2010-11 season.

Ogwumike will join older sister Nnemkadi in the Cardinal front court and give Stanford not only arguably the most talented group of posts in the nation but also the most athletic. As a two-sport star in both volleyball and basketball at Cy-Fair High School, the 6-3 Ogwumike averaged 21.4 points and 12.6 rebounds per game while shooting 55.6 percent from the field in leading Cy-Fair to the State 5A semifinals in 2008-09 on the basketball court, third straight appearance for the Bobcats in the state tournament, which also included the state title in 2007-08. She opened her senior year Tuesday night by scoring 28 points on 11-of-18 shooting and grabbing eight rebounds in Cy-Fair's season-opening 69-43 victory over Westside.

She has also starred on both the club and international scene. Ogwumike plays her club ball for Cy-Fair Shock 90, and on the international scene was a member of the 2008 USA Women's U18 National Team Trials roster leading into the 2008 FIBA U18 Americas Championship.

Ogwumike was also a standout on the Cy-Fair volleyball team, helping lead the Bobcats to the state tournament in 2007, and as a junior leading the squad to a co-district title in 2008.

'I am extremely excited to be coming to Stanford, and also looking forward to enjoying my senior year now that this decision is behind me,' Ogwumike said. 'I look forward to having another family waiting for me when I come to Stanford, and am excited and blessed to have this opportunity.'

The signing of Ogwumike vaults Stanford's recruiting class to a No. 4 national ranking according to ESPN Hoopgurlz.

The 2009-10 Stanford women's basketball team opens the new campaign Friday, Oct. 13 at 4 p.m. PT at Old Dominion.

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