Reigning WNBA MVP Nneka Ogwumike Featured on Cover of ESPN The Magazine’s Annual BODY Issue

Reigning WNBA MVP Nneka Ogwumike Featured on Cover of ESPN The Magazine’s Annual BODY Issue

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WNBA star Nneka Ogwumike will be featured as a cover athlete for ESPN The Magazine’s BODY Issue, hitting newsstands July 7.

Ogwumike was the No. 1 pick in the 2012 draft, 2012 WNBA rookie of the year, three-time WNBA All-Star, 2016 MVP and president of the WNBA Players’ Association.

This summer Ogwumike adds another line to her resume: 2017 Body Issue athlete. In her interview, the basketball phenom dishes on developing her basketball skills at a young age, the meaning of her last name, knowing her worth and more.


  • Doughnuts are my kryptonite, without a doubt. Krispy Kreme, specifically. I will eat a dozen doughnuts at one sitting. Easy. I’ll do that once every three months. It’s just when you know, you know. One morning every few months I’ll wake up and say, “This is the day.”
  • I would categorize myself as a [basketball] novice even still today. I’ve only been in the league for five years, and even throughout such a tremendous season last year for my team, I could feel myself learning and getting better. And as I play overseas, I also still feel myself learning and getting better. Not just on the court but also as someone who assumes a leadership position.
  • I’m not trying to knock any shorties, but I think being tall is such a blessing. I’m very thankful for what my legs can do because I can jump super high. I don’t know my exact vertical, but I can dunk. When you embrace your height, it’s even more beautiful than just being tall.


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Denise J. Saul is the Founder/President of WSEN-Women's Sports & Entertainment Network.

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