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Chiney Ogwumike Named McDonald’s All-American Player of the Year

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Photo Caption: Chiney Ogwumike of Cy-Fair High School, Cypress, Texas, was named the recipient of the 2010 Morgan Wooten Player-of-the-Year Award, bestowed annual on one male and one female high school senior for outstanding accomplishments on and off the basketball court as part of the McDonald’s All-American Games.

Photo Credit: Courtesy Jeff Howard/texasgirlsbasketball.com




By Lee Michaelson
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Chiney Ogwumike was named this year’s recipient of the Morgan Wooten Player-of-the-Year Award for her accomplishments on and off the court, McDonald’s and Coach Wooten announced Wednesday. 

Ogwumike, a three-year all-state selection from Cy-Fair High School in Cypress, Texas is the ninth annual female winner of the award, joining such women’s basketball stars as Maya Moore (2007), Tina Charles (2006), Candace Parker (2004) and Ivory Latta (2003). Ogwumike was selected from a group of finalists that including Odyssey Sims (irving MacArthur High School, Irving, Texas), winner of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s Player of the Year Award, as well as Bria Hartley (North Babylon High School, North Babylon, New York), Kaneisha Horn (Ramsay High School, Birmingham, Alabama), and Natasha Howard (Toledo Waite High School, Toledo, Ohio).

The Morgan Wooten Award is given to the best male and female McDonald’s All-American players who exemploify outstanding character, exhibit leadership and embody the values of being a student-athlete in the classroom and the community. McDonald’s established the award in the name of Wooten, a legendary coach and the chair of the McDonald’s All-American selection committee, to honor his unprecedented achievements as a teacher and a coach. Ogwumike, and the male honoree—Harrison Barnes of Ames High School, Ames, Iowa— will take place at the McDonald’s All-American Games awards banquet on March 30 in Columbus, Ohio.

Ogwumike, the consensus top-ranked female player in the class 2010, is bound for Stanford, where she will join her sister Nnemkadi Ogwumike in the Cardinal front court. The Ogwumike sisters led Cy-Fair to the Texas state championship in 2008, among many other on-court accolades. Off the court, she organized a charity dance event that raised money to help stop child abuse and volunteers for Cypress Assistance Ministries, as well as her church.

“I am extremely honored and grateful to receive this recognition,” said Ogwumike. “I’m indebted to everyone who had faith in me to get to this point—from my coaches and teammates to my family, friends and school. My entire basketball experience has been amazing, bringing discipline and leadership into my life.”

The 2010 McDonald’s All American Basketball Games will be played March 31 at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The Girls Game begins at 5:30 p.m. ET, and will broadcast live on ESPNU. Proceeds from the game benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio. Millions of dollars have been raised to benefit the charity since the first Game was played in 1978.

Originally published Thu, March 11, 2010


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NCAA DIVISION I TOP 25 COACHES' POLL
WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Week: February 7, 2012
RANK SCHOOL RECORD LAST WEEK'S RANK PRESEASON RANK AP RANK POINTS
1 Baylor (31) 24-0 1 1 1 775
2 Notre Dame 23-1 2 2 2 743
3 Connecticut 21-2 3 4 3 710
4 Stanford 20-1 4 5 4 685
5 Duke 19-3 6 8 5 650
6 Miami (FL) 20-3 7 7 6 604
7 Kentucky 21-3 5 15 7 584
8 Maryland 20-3 10 10 8 534
9 Wisconsin-Green Bay 20-0 9 24 9 530
10 Ohio State 21-2 11 NR-RV
(61)
10 483
11 Tennessee 17-6 8 3 11 476
12 Delaware 20-1 13 NR 12 434
13 Georgetown 18-5 15 11 14 379
14 Texas A&M 16-5 16 6 15 378
15 Nebraska 19-3 18 NR 13 309
16 Rutgers 17-4 14 12 17 372
17 Louisville 17-6 12 9 20 276
18 Gonzaga 21-3 19 NR-RV
(70)
19 234
19 Purdue 19-5 17 21 16 222
20 Georgia 18-6 20 12 21 202
21 Penn State 18-5 21 14 18 176
22 DePaul 17-7 23 18 NR-RV
(38)
92
23 Georgia Tech 16-6 22 NR-RV
(18)
22 104
24 South Carolina 18-5 NR-RV
(13)
NR 24 46
25 Vanderbilt 18-5 NR-RV
(23)
NR-RV
(19)
NR 45
Dropped Out: No. 24 North Carolina, No. 25 Kansas.
First-place votes: Total first-place votes received (if any) are indicated in parentheses following school name.
Others receiving votes: St. Bonaventure (22-2) 34; North Carolina (17-6) 19; California (17-6) 18; Florida Gulf Coast (21-2) 16; Middle Tennessee (19-5) 15; Texas-El Paso (20-2) 8; Texas Tech (16-6) 5; Brigham Young (21-4) 4; Fresno State (19-4) 4; St. John's (15-8) 4; Princeton (15-4) 3; Oklahoma (15-7) 2; West Virginia (17-6) 2; Kansas State (15-7) 1.
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Credit: Courtesy Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). The weekly Division I Top 25 Coaches' Poll, sponsored by USA Today and ESPN, is based on voting by a Board of Coaches made up of 31 head coaches at Division I institutions all of whom are WBCA members.