• Australian rising star Ezi Magbegor lifts the WNBA trophy after he Seattle Storm side took out the WNBA finals series against Las Vegas Aces (Twitter)Source: Twitter
Ezi Magbegor is the toast of Australian sport after the 21-year-old won a WNBA championship with Seattle Storm today.
By
Megan Hustwaite

7 Oct 2020 - 3:48 PM  UPDATED 7 Oct 2020 - 3:48 PM

And as the Storm swept Las Vegas Aces, 3-0, to claim the series, the 193cm forward from Melbourne etched her way into the history books as the second-youngest player to win a WNBA title, coming in behind Los Angeles Sparks’ Erika de Souza who achieved glory in 2002 aged 20.

Magbegor could hardly contain her excitement following her team’s 92-59 victory.

“It’s a dream come true, to be able to achieve a championship in my rookie season and be surrounded by such a great, talented group is really special,’’ she said.


“It’s pretty crazy.”                                      

Seattle used their first-round pick to select Magbegor in last year’s WNBA draft. She didn’t head over to the US for the 2019 season, opting to stay in Australia and continue her commitments with the national team and in the WNBL with the Melbourne Boomers.

Four months ago, she flew to Florida to be part of the unique “wubble” season due to Covid-19 and made an immediate impression off the bench where she would go on to average 6.5 points and 2.5 rebounds per game across 22 regular then play-off matches.

Magbegor says the WNBA and being part of the Storm roster has been a huge learning experience particularly training against one of the world’s best players - Breanna Stewart, who was crowned Finals MVP.

“I think my game has definitely grown and being able to compete against Stewie, Natasha Howard and Mercedes Russell has been great,’’ she said.

“Knowing where I have to be and what level I have to be at in order to be able to compete here and also knowing what I have to work on now in the off-season and WNBL to come back next year has been important.

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“I’ve been good to get that insight but also grow my game immediately.”

The Aussie young gun will return to Australia later this week and head into quarantine before joining up with her Melbourne Boomers teammates ahead of the upcoming WNBL season which is set to tip-off next month.

Fellow Aussie Sami Whitcomb watched her team lift the championship trophy from hotel quarantine in Sydney. The star guard travelled back to Australia last week following Seattle’s play-offs series win over Minnesota Lynx ahead of the birth of her first child with partner Kate.