Nneka Ogwumike is ‘grateful’ for WNBA Top 25 inclusion

Sparks forward and WNBPA president Nneka Ogwumike (Douglas P. DeFelice / Getty Images)

Nneka Ogwumike has been named one of the WNBA’s Top 25 players of all time. The list was voted on by a panel of media, coaches and women’s basketball pioneers and advocates.

In response, the 2016 WNBA MVP said she was “so grateful.”

“I am so grateful to have my name listed amongst past and present legends who’ve pioneered the W over these amazing 25 years,” said Ogwumike in a release. “As an athlete on the court, I’m proud of my career and hope to continue to leave a legacy of greatness. What I’ve been able to contribute to the game along with the phenomenal women of this league through generations is one of my greatest accomplishments. Being recognized for any impact I’ve made is a true honor.”

The honor comes after Ogwumike made headlines prior to the Olympics when she was left off the U.S. Olympic team and then denied an exemption to play for Nigeria in Tokyo. She’s made herself known in her return after the Olympic break, even nearing a triple-double in her second game back.