[9][10] Magbegor is currently studying a Bachelor of Commerce at Deakin University. Ezi Magbegor has capped a WNBA debut season like no other with a championship, the Australian talent helping Seattle clinch the title in a 3-0 clean sweep of the Las Vegas Aces. She turns 19 on Aug. 13. Magbegor had 10 points, 10 rebounds, and four blocks in the semifinal win over Team USA, and 13 points, nine rebounds, and three blocked shots in the gold-medal victory over Italy. Eziyoda "Ezi" Magbegor (born 13 August 1999) is an Australian professional basketball player for the Melbourne Boomers of the Women's National Basketball League and the Seattle Storm of the Women’s National Basketball Association. Another ex-Capital in first round WNBA draft pick Ezi Magbegor will add a wealth of class to the WNBL talent-laden squad. Her brother, Ovie, is “I was seven and I guess it took me a while to find my feet in the sport, and sort of understand that it was something that I wanted to do in the future.” She is the third of four tight-knit siblings — Elo, 24, Ovie, 21, and AJ, 15. Older brother, Ovie, plays college basketball at the University of West Georgia. [11], 2016 FIBA Under-17 World Championship – Gold medal, 2015 FIBA Under-19 World Championship – Bronze medal, "Storm HC Dan Hughes Will Miss 2020 WNBA Season Because of COVID-19 Concerns", "UC CAPITALS NAME EZI MAGBEGOR WITH ONE-YEAR DEAL", "EZI MAGBEGOR JOINS DEAKIN MELBOURNE BOOMERS FOR 3 YEARS", "Congratulations Ezi Magbegor on your WNBL Award! “We talk quite a bit” Magbegor says of her sibling. The emerging Opals star caught the eye when given opportunities off the bench for the Storm who won 92-59 in the Florida bubble on Thursday - 33 points the largest winning margin in WNBA Finals history. Cambage is planning to play overseas next WNBL season. Meanwhile, Canberra product and … [4] Magbegor will first suit up for the Boomers in the 2018–19 WNBL season, choosing to stay home in Australia working alongside the likes of Jenna O'Hea, Lauren Jackson and Guy Molloy despite several offers from US colleges. Magbegor, a … The Storm entered the wubble with Bird and Stewart back, but without head coach Dan Hughes, whose cancer diagnosis made him a health risk. The 2019 WNBA season featured eight players from Australia on opening-night rosters, including: Rebecca Allen (New York Liberty), Liz Cambage (Las Vegas Aces), Kelsey Griffin (Minnesota Lynx), Ezi Magbegor (Seattle Storm), The seven-rookie lineup was born out of necessity when some members of the Liberty’s United Nations council of veterans (Rebecca Allen, Marine Johannès, Han Xu) understandably opted out of the bubble proceedings in the wake of the ongoing health crisis. Among them were her parents, little brother AJ and a family friend. One of Australian basketball's most promising talents, she has already been said to be the next Lauren Jackson. Magbegor, a past Coburg Giants junior, is the third of four children with her brother Ovie playing for US college team University of West Georgia, while she said 13-year-old brother AJ was already 195 centimetres after a summer growth spurt. Magbegor won the MVP at the FIBA Under 17 World Championships and … She has also amassed 42 assists and 15 steals on her way to being named in the All-WNBL Second Team alongside Sara Blicavs (Southside), Tess Madgen (Melbourne Boomers), Maddy Rocci (Canberra) and Ezi Magbegor The family migrated to Australia and settled in Oak Park in Melbourne’s north when Magbegor was four years old. Blocking shots for fun and using her wingspan and supreme athleticism to intimidate her opponents, she harvests big numbers in the points and rebounding categories. Position: Forward. But seeing Cambage and Jackson went straight from the Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence into professional life gave Magbegor reassurance she was making the right call. "They kind of like surprised me,” Magbegor said with a smile. “He found it a bit Alongside two of her teammates, Magbegor was named to the All-Tournament Team. [1] Bird missed several games with a left knee bone bruise, but came back for the playoffs, in which the Storm didn't lose a single game. “Growing up, it was always busy at home,’’ she recalls. Melbourne’s Ezi Magbegor is the pride of Craigieburn after becoming the latest Australian basketballer to win a WNBA championship. She is also looking to study international relations, commerce or similar courses, potentially at the club’s major sponsor Deakin University. Her brother, Ovie, is a freshman forward at Division II … In 24 games with the Boomers last season, before she joined the Storm for their championship run, Magbegor averaged 13 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks per game. In addition to this, she received the Most Valuable Player award. Magbegor has been training with the Melbourne-based Opals, including Cambage, who is showing her how much development she has ahead in both her body and her game. Kalani Miller: her birthday, what she did before fame, her family life, fun trivia facts, popularity rankings, and more. “I have to adjust to how she plays, I’m so used to doing one counter move, but if I do that she is always there so I have to do two or three,” Magbegor said. Country: Australia. She said turning professional was a big part of her decision as she could play against elite women immediately and she hopes to be good enough to enter the WNBA draft in coming years. Ezi Magbegor Magbegor, at the age of 20, is one of the shining new lights for Australian Basketball. [7] After taking part in the team camp in February, Magbegor was then named to the final roster for the 2018 Commonwealth Games where she would make her Opals debut. The first few months were OK but the third month I … She was drafted first overall by the Las Vegas Aces in the 2019 WNBA draft. EZI MAGBEGOR. (canberratimes.com.au, 21 Oct 2017) National league: Melbourne Boomers, AUS (Women's National Basketball League) Reason: "I … Her brother, Ovie, is a freshman forward at Division II … Eziyoda "Ezi" Magbegor (born 13 August 1999) is an Australian professional basketball player for the Melbourne Boomers of the Women's National Basketball League and the Seattle Storm of the Women’s National Basketball Association. “Going to UCONN and seeing all the trophies and facilities was amazing, but I didn’t let myself get sold by all of that,” Magbegor said. ", "Magbegor named MVP of 2016 FIBA U17 Women's World Championship, headlines All-Star Five", "OPALS ANNOUNCED FOR FIRST CAMP AHEAD OF COMMONWEALTH GAMES", "OPALS TEAM ANNOUNCED FOR 2018 GOLD COAST COMMONWEALTH GAMES", "Deakin student and Boomers star Ezi headed for the WNBA", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Ezi_Magbegor&oldid=1011351843, Australian expatriate basketball people in the United States, Basketball players at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Commonwealth Games gold medallists for Australia, Commonwealth Games medallists in basketball, Short description is different from Wikidata, All Wikipedia articles written in Australian English, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 10 March 2021, at 12:35. Fresh off their Sapphires’ FIBA under-17 world championship triumph, Kiera Rowe, Rebecca Pizzey, and tournament MVP Ezi Magbegor have earned their place in the Victorian under-20 women’s ranks as under-age prospects. Both have ties to the Boomers as well with Cambage leading the side to the grand final last season and Jackson assistant general manager of the club. Magbegor toured the school earlier this year and also visited with the Boomers, a club who have been keen on her services since she helped lead Australia’s under-17 side to a world title in 2016. If Magbegor wasn't a world class basketballer she would probably study medicine, so UCONN appealed to her, but playing with Canberra Capitals in the WNBL last season made her appreciate what can be achieved while playing with professionals. So Magbegor reflected on what she wanted to do in her basketball career. Cunningham scored 16 for the Boomers while Ezi Magbegor (15) and Cayla George (14) were also in double figures. Ezi Magbegor wants to forge her own path in her basketball career but she admits following greats like Liz Cambage and Lauren Jackson is reassuring. Ezi Magbegor with Lauren Jackson and then Sport Minister Bridget McKenzie in South. The 2020 WNBA season was atypical, played entirely inside Bradenton, Florida's IMG Academy, dubbed the "wubble," the WNBA's version of the NBA's Bubble. Ezi Magbegor of the Boomers drives to the basket during game one of the WNBL Semi Final Series between the Canberra Capitals and the Melbourne Boomers … The Australian under-19 Emus and Gems squads have been announced in the lead up towards the qualification tournament for next year’s FIBA U19 Oceania Championships. Magbegor is the third of four kids behind older siblings Elo and Ovie - who is pursuing a college basketball career at the University of West Georgia - and ahead of younger brother … In July 2017, Magbegor was signed by the Canberra Capitals for the 2017–18 WNBL season.[3]. [6], In December 2017, Magbegor was named to her first Opals squad, earning her a place in the first camp as preparations for this years upcoming tournaments got underway. [2], After beginning her career in the South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL) with Basketball Australia's development team, the Centre of Excellence, Magbegor did not take long to gain attention from professional leagues. In February 2020, Magbegor was named the Betty Watson Australian Youth Player of the Year (formerly the WNBL Rookie of the Year award) at the Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) Awards, scoring 38 votes from a possible tally of 42 votes. Howard scored 12 points, and Jewell Loyd, Mercedes Russell, Ezi Magbegor and Crystal Langhorne each had 10 points. In March 2018, it was announced that Magbegor had signed a three-year deal with the Melbourne Boomers. Eziyoda Magbegor - Australia A walking highlights reel, Magbegor stuffs the sheet recording 'Plays of the Day' in a big way. The Storm closed out the top-ranked Las Vegas Aces in three games en route to their fourth championship, with Stewart again named Finals MVP. The 21-year-old completed a dream debut season on Wednesday as Seattle Storm defeated Las ORLANDO, Fla. — Basketball has allowed Ezi Magbegor to see the world. “It sort of contributed to my decision. Magbegor is considered one of the elite teenagers in all women’s basketball and she was the first Australian to receive a scholarship offer from US college University of Connecticut, known as UCONN, who are the No.1 side in women’s college basketball and led by legendary coach Geno Auriemma. The sport will certainly take the 18-year-old Australian around the world this month. “Playing against her at training I get my shot blocked and that helps me learn and will help me get better.”. Rising Australian basketball star Ezi Magbegor continues to make waves, after inking a two-year endorsement deal with Spalding, becoming the first-ever female ambassador for the brand. I didn’t want to follow what everyone else is doing but that felt like the right decision for me,” Magbegor said. Magbegor, a past Coburg Giants junior, is the third of four children with her brother Ovie playing for US college team University of West Georgia, while she said 13-year-old brother AJ was already 195 centimetres after a summer growth spurt. Jackie Young (born September 16, 1997) is an American professional basketball player for the Las Vegas Aces of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). Ezi Magbegor Overseas. Please try again later. She plans to improve her shooting ahead of next season. This week the Victorian 18-year-old confirmed she would remain in the WNBL and sign a three-year deal with the Melbourne Boomers. “When I was nine, I started playing basketball and became pretty sporty. “I sort of started playing by following my older brother and sister’s footsteps,” says Magbegor, recalling her first visits to the local courts in Coburg, in Melbourne’s north. If she needs any advice on life as a college baller, she need look no further than brother Ovie, who has taken up a scholarship with the University of West Georgia. Magbegor had 10 points, 10 rebounds, and four blocks in the semifinal win over Team USA, and 13 points, nine rebounds, and three blocked shots in the gold-medal victory over Italy. Whether it was having her shots blocked at training by Cambage, the worldly words of Boomers captain Jenna O’Hea or a detailed development plan from Boomers coach Guy Molloy, Magbegor turned down the UCONN offer. Playing with the Canberra Capitals in the WNBL last season convinced Ezi Magbegor to stay in Australia rather than head to the United States.Credit:Michelle Couling Photography. The Commonwealth Games will be her senior debut for the Opals. Dominating the tournament, averaging 18 points per game and helping Australia take home Gold. We’re sorry, this service is currently unavailable. “When I see they didn’t go to college, that gave me a bit of hope and motivation to go in this direction.”, Ezi Magbegor explains why she chose Melbourne Boomers over UCONN. But first she will continue her schooling on court with the Australian Opals at the Commonwealth Games and perhaps even push for a place in the Opals for the Women’s World Cup later this year. She turns 19 on Aug. 13. She turns 19 on Aug. 13. For George's Boomers teammate, Ezi Magbegor, it won't be the first time this year that she’ll be part of an environment that is "bigger than basketball". Magbegor is a talent different to Cambage or Jackson as she bases her game around athletic defensive plays, rebounding and a knack for making good decisions either with passing or moves around the basket. With a name meaning “determination” in Isoku, her parent’s native Nigerian language, Ezi’s resolve didn’t waver even with offers from US colleges. “Something that stuck with me, I think it was Jenna who said it, was that developing against women would be good, especially against professionals and that really stuck with me,” Magbegor said. “The coaches were great, Geno, Chris Daley and the players were amazing and I didn’t have a bad thing to say about them - there was no wrong decision and that’s what made it so hard.”. [8], Born in Wellington, New Zealand to Nigerian parents, Magbegor moved to Australia with her family at age six. Her passion for the sport began in U/8s, playing on a mixed team with her older brother She attended the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra for three years, and did a couple of shifts working for a coffee cart with owner and basketball legend Jess Bibby She then represented the U17 Sapphires at the 2015 Oceania Championships. The Deakin Melbourne Boomers has just signed Eziyoda (Ezi) Magbegor, one of the world’s best 18-year-old basketballers and Australian basketball’s most promising young player. Picture: Stuart Milligan “It was hard at first. Magbegor then lead the Sapphires to their inaugural World Championship title in Spain. Playing with the Canberra Capitals in the WNBL last season convinced Ezi Magbegor to stay in Australia rather than head to the United States. Magbegor had 10 points, 10 rebounds, and four blocks in the semifinal win over Team USA, and 13 points, nine rebounds, and three blocked shots in the gold-medal victory over Italy. After snapping team USA's 28-game win streak at U17 level, Australia went on to take home Gold. Bec enjoyed a decorated junior career and was part of the brilliant Australian team which claimed the 2016 FIBA under-17 world championships alongside fellow Flyer Monique Conti, newly-crowned WNBA champion Ezi Magbegor and former Southside team mate Kiera Rowe. Alysha Clark was the only Storm starter not … Stewart has constantly argued that the Lynx are better than their record, given they lost three games during overtime. Matur Marker, the younger brother of Milwaukee Bucks’ center Thon, has been named to the squad despite being based overseas. Team: Melbourne Boomers. 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