Texas' Nneka Enemkpali(3), left, and Krystle Henderson(4) pose for photos on senior night before their game against TCU at the Frank Erwin Center Tuesday, March 3, 2015. (Stephen Spillman for AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

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Nneka Enemkpali signs with Seattle Storm

Enemkpali was cleared to play this week

Posted February 19th, 2016

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The Seattle Storm announced Thursday  that the franchise has signed former University of Texas standount Nneka Enemkpali.

Enemkpali, a 6-1 forward, was drafted by Seattle in the third round (26th overall) of the 2015 WNBA Draft but sat out the season while recovering from a knee injury suffered during her senior season at Texas. She announced this week that doctors have cleared her to play again.

“We were impressed with Nneka leading up to the WNBA Draft last year,” said Storm President and GM Alisha Valavanis in a press release. “She is working hard in preparation to compete at the next level and we are excited to get her to Seattle.”

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At the time of her senior season injury, Jan. 19, 2015, Enemkpali was leading the Big 12 in rebounds, (10.6 per game) and double-doubles, (9). Despite the early end to her collegiate career, Enemkpali finished at Texas ranked ninth all-time in the Longhorns record book in total rebounds, (899) and 30th in points, (1,116).

A graduate of Pflugerville High School, she was a Wooden Award pre-season top-30 and mid-season top 30 selection in 2014-15. She was named to the All-Big 12 team following her junior season.

 

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