Michaela Onyenwere Declares for WNBA Draft
LOS ANGELES – Michaela Onyenwere has declared for the 2021 WNBA Draft, as stated in a personal announcement on her social media platforms Monday afternoon.
Her statement reads as follows:
What a ride it has been.
I'd first like to thank God for everything He's done for me. I would not be in this position without Him.
To my parents, my brothers, my extended family, and friends, thank you. From when I first picked up a basketball nine years ago to now, you have always had my back and your love and support has never wavered. I would not be here without any of you.
To my coaches and trainers, thank you for your constant and unwavering belief in me. Thank you for pushing me to be the best person and player I can be. You all are so appreciated.
To my teammates, you all mean everything to me. You all are the reason why leaving this place is so hard. Thank you for being a joy in my life every single day. Thank you for making this experience so worthwhile. We have created a family that I will never forget. I will miss you all dearly, but it's never a goodbye, just a see you later.
To UCLA, I can't even put into words how grateful I am for my journey. The people, the experiences, the fans, the memories have helped me grow and develop into the woman I am today. I am so honored that I got the privilege to represent and wear the four letters across my chest, and for that I am eternally grateful.
With all of that being said, I have made the decision to declare for the 2021 WNBA Draft. I am sad that one chapter of my story is ending, but very excited for what's to come!
Forever a Bruin.
Onyenwere will go down as one of the greatest players in program history. She compiled 1,888 points across her career, the fourth-highest total in team history. She became the program's first two-time AP All-American and picked up All-Pac-12 honors in her final three seasons as a Bruin. She helped lead the team to three NCAA Tournament appearances, including an Elite 8 run in 2018 and a Sweet 16 berth in 2019. The 2020-21 season saw her average a career-high 19.1 points per game and notch three 30+ point performances. She scored at least 20 points in each of her final four games as a Bruin.
Onyenwere was a team captain this season and was a founding member of the team's More Than a D.R.E.A.M. initiative, which sought to promote Black culture and fight against racial injustices. To that end, Onyenwere was named a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award, presented annually to senior student-athletes who use their respective platforms enact positive social change.