Eziyoda Magbegor

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Date: 13/08/1999

Height: 194cm

Position: Center

It’s fitting that Eziyoda is a Coburg Giants junior as she’s taken some big steps in her basketball career.

Then again, she wasn’t hard to miss with her athletic skills and composure – she was already 193cm tall in her early teens.

She caught the eye of Basketball Australia officials at the U18s Australian Junior Championships in 2015, reaching double figures in six of her nine games.

She made her international debut at the 2015 FIBA U19s World Championship where the Australians took bronze. She then represented the U17s Sapphires at the Oceania Championships later that year.

At that tournament the Sapphires booked their place in the 2016 World Cup, with Eziyoda helping the team to an inaugural gold medal beating USA in the semis and Italy in the final.

It was gold again at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and that led to a spot in the Opals FIBA World Cup side that same year, where the Opals won silver.

In March 2018, Eziyoda signed a three-year deal with the Deakin Melbourne Boomers in the WNBL ignoring the advances of a string of US colleges. She was named Rookie of the Year.

But the lure of overseas experience led to WNBA team Seattle Storm – former home of Eziyoda’s idol Lauren Jackson – picking her in the 2019 draft.

Then she helped Storm to their fourth WNBA title in 2020, over the Las Vegas Aces.

Eziyoda makes her Olympic debut in Tokyo.