Chiney Ogwumike, the first overall selection in the WNBA draft by the Connecticut Sun, is very familiar with Katie Lou Samuelson, California’s reigning Gatorade high school player of the year who announced this week she will play for UConn beginning in 2015-16.
That’s because Ogwumike said Katie Lou was around a lot since her two sisters, Bonnie and Karlie, were members of Stanford’s Final Four team last season.
“Having the chance to play with Bonnie and Karlie, I have been able to see what their games are like,” Ogwumike said Friday. “Lou is a mix of them. She can shoot the ball and is very athletic.
“Bonnie is more of a pure shooter. Karlie is a little more athletic and can do more things off the bounce. But all of the Samuelson girls can really shoot. I would call her [Katie Lou] a hybrid.”
After her older sister Nneka chose Stanford – where she became the first player in the family to be a No. 1 overall WNBA draft pick [by Los Angeles in 2012] there was a lot of speculation whether Chiney would follow her there are go someplace else, like UConn, which was very interested in her at one point.
“My family would have been happy with whatever school I chose,” Chiney said. “It’s more about what the person [player] wants. A lot of times people want to get up in storylines about things like sisters getting the chance to play together. But at the end of the day, as a family, you all do what is best for each other.
“Katie Lou knew what ultimately would be the best thing for her. And that was doing great things at UConn.”