Harare-born Stephanie Mavunga makes Women’s NBA history

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Stephanie Mavunga has become the first Zimbabwean to be drafted into the Women’s NBA.

Born in Harare, 23 years ago, Mavunga was a pick for Indiana Fever here she will join her sister-in-law Jeanette Pohlen-Mavunga who has been there since 2011.

“I tried not to get too much into the mock drafts,” said Mavunga, who watched the televised draft from  her parents’ Brownsburg home. “Because I didn’t want to get too excited. But I definitely can’t lie and say I didn’t think of it as a possibility.

“To be honest, I just really wanted to get drafted.”

A 2013 McDonald’s All-American, Mavunga played her first two college seasons at North Carolina and picked up first-team All-ACC honors as a sophomore after averaging nearly a double-double (14.4 points and 9.6 rebounds per game).

But in the summer of 2015, the proven all-conference forward announced her intentions to transfer. That August, she chose Ohio State, and she joined the Buckeyes shortly after helping Team USA earn the silver medal at the 2015 Pan American Games, where she played with three Buckeyes players.

Mavunga sat out the 2015-16 season because of NCAA transfer rules, and two separate injuries forced her to miss 13 games her redshirt junior campaign. She was productive when healthy, however, averaging 11.4 points and 10.8 rebounds per game and still earning second-team All-Big Ten honors

That success, albeit over two-thirds of the season, carried over to her final collegiate season this year. She increased her scoring and rebounding numbers to 16.6 and 11.0 per game, respectively, and turned in 19 double-doubles while starting all 35 games. She paired with Kelsey Mitchell to form a first-team all-league duo that powered Ohio State to a 27-7 record and a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Now, both players are off to the WNBA ranks.

With information from Indy Star and landof10

Story via 3-mob.com

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