Friday, October 21, 2011
POY Alumni: Lottery luck 'Lynx' two winners?
By Ben Rohrbach
The 2006-07 Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year, Maya Moore was selected No. 1 overall in the 2010 WNBA draft. Is 2007-08 Gatorade National POY Nneka Ogwumike next?
The 2011 WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx are poised to repeat. Not only when it comes to the franchise's first championship, but also with a little mathematical magic in next month's WNBA Draft Lottery.
Minnesota, which used the lottery's No. 1 pick in 2010 to select 2006-07 Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year and rookie starter Maya Moore, owns the best odds of earning first dibs again on Nov. 10.
And wouldn't Stanford University rebounding machine Nneka Ogwumike, the 2007-08 Gatorade National Player of the Year, look good in a Lynx frontcourt that relied on Moore to be its second-leading rebounder (5.9 per game) in 2011?
Moore averaged 27 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, five steals and two blocks per game as a high school senior, leading Collins Hill High (Suwanne, Ga.) to a third straight state title. At the University of Connecticut, she helped the Huskies to an NCAA record 90 consecutive victories -- including two national championships -- in her four-year collegiate career.
Ogwumike produced 18.2 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 2.1 assists per game as a high school senior, leading Cy-Fair High (Cypress, Texas) to the Class 5A state title. At Stanford, the senior has helped the Cardinal to three consecutive Final Four appearances -- so far.
She and her sister Chiney Ogwumike -- now a sophomore forward at Stanford -- are the only siblings ever to each capture Gatorade National Player of the Year honors, as Chiney won in 2009-10.