Player Profile: Ezi Magbegor (SEA Storm)

Ezi Magbegor, born on August 13, 1999, in Wellington, New Zealand, is an Australian professional basketball player known for her versatile skills as a center for the Seattle Storm in the WNBA.

Ezi Magbegor’s Early Career in the WNBA

Magbegor’s career has been marked by consistent growth and success. She was drafted by the Seattle Storm with the 12th overall pick in the 2019 WNBA Draft. In her rookie season, she averaged 6.5 points and 2.5 rebounds per game, culminating in a WNBA championship with the team in 2020. By her third season, she had a breakout year, posting career-highs in various categories and earning a place on the WNBA All-Defensive Second Team​.

Throughout her career, Magbegor has been known for her defensive prowess and shot-blocking ability, as well as her growing offensive contributions. In 2022, she achieved a remarkable seven blocks in a game against Phoenix, becoming one of only 15 WNBA players to record seven or more blocks in a game​​. Her impressive play earned her a well-deserved All-Star selection in 2023, solidifying her status as one of the league’s rising stars​.

Ezi Magbegor’s International Career for Basketball Australia

Magbegor has also been a key player for the Australian national team, known as the Opals, achieving notable success in international competitions, including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup​. Her role with the Storm has evolved, and she has taken on a leadership role, guiding a young team with her experience and skill​. As her coach Noelle Quinn noted, she has become an anchor on defense and has grown into her offensive role, showcasing her leadership and impact on both ends of the court​​.

In addition to her basketball achievements, Magbegor is pursuing a degree in psychology at Deakin University, inspired by Kobe Bryant’s “Mamba Mentality”​. She has become a key figure in the Seattle Storm’s rebuilding process and exemplifies the team’s culture of excellence and leadership).