Minutes after taking Chiney Ogwumike with the top pick in the WNBA draft Monday night, the Sun made a blockbuster deal to trade 2012 MVP Tina Charles to the New York Liberty.
The Sun acquired the Liberty’s fourth pick this year which turned out to be Alyssa Thomas as well as Kelsey Bone and New York’s first-round pick next year. Charles had told the Sun that if she wasn’t traded she’d sit out this year.
“We’re not going to be held hostage by anybody,” Sun vice president and general manager Chris Sienko said.
Ogwumike joined her sister Nneka, drafted by Los Angeles in 2012, as the only siblings to be chosen first in the WNBA.
“To be picked No. 1 in front of those Connecticut fans with my family and sister, it’s unreal,” Chiney Ogwumike said.
Peyton and Eli Manning are the only other siblings to be taken No. 1 in the history of the four major American pro sports according to STATS.
“When someone told me that I was like, ‘Whoa, that’s pretty cool,’” Chiney Ogwumike said. “We fell into the sport and found our passion in it and now it’s life. To share that moment with my sister, she’s the reason I play, and to be called a No. 1 draft pick is inconceivable.”
Chiney Ogwumike finished her stellar career at Stanford as the top scorer and rebounder in Pac-12 history.