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Chiney Ogwumike to Be Full-Time Analyst for ESPN While Still Playing in WNBA

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMay 1, 2018

Connecticut Sun’s Chiney Ogwumike during the second half of a WNBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Sparks, Thursday, May 26, 2016, in Uncasville, Conn.  Los Angeles won 77-72. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
Jessica Hill/Associated Press

Chiney Ogwumike is expanding her role at ESPN to become a full-time NBA analyst. 

The 2014 WNBA Rookie of the Year announced on Twitter she will continue to play for the Connecticut Sun, in addition to working at ESPN:

Chiney Ogwumike @Chiney321

I’ve got some news: thrilled to announce that I’ve accepted a full-time position as an NBA analyst for @espn while still playing in the @WNBA! So blessed to work for a company that supports the rising generation of sports fans, women and diverse voices. https://t.co/GiOPcKWZfU

Ogwumike joined ESPN last June to serve as a SportsCenter co-host for broadcasts in Africa. 

"I am thrilled to be joining ESPN to host this unique edition of SportsCenter dedicated to sports fans across Africa," she said. "This is a wonderful opportunity to combine who I am and what I am passionate about. As a Nigerian-American professional women's basketball player, and now SportsCenter co-host, I want to inspire and empower rising generations across Africa and the US to pursue their dreams."

Ogwumike had previous television experience, working as an analyst on NBA TV in 2015 for the WNBA playoffs. She also made appearances on ESPN's First Take and His & Hers. 

Drafted No. 1 overall by the Sun in 2014, Ogwumike has averaged 14 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. She has missed two of the previous three seasons due to knee and Achilles injuries. 

Connecticut opens the 2018 WNBA season on May 20 at home against the Las Vegas Aces. 

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