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Diggins won a gold medal this summer with Ogwumike at the 3-on-3 World Championship.

“She’s one of my favorite people to play with, she’s so athletic, great basketball IQ,” Diggins said of her USA basketball teammate. “She’s so smart she can play with anybody and is relentless on the boards.”

Ogwumike helped Stanford reach its fifth straight Final Four before the Cardinal lost to Baylor in the semifinals. She averaged 15 points, 10 rebounds and shot 58 percent from the field. She’ll be asked to do more now that her sister, Nneka, who was an All-American last season, graduated.

“I’m very honored to be considered by the voters alongside this extremely talented group of women. I’m looking forward to the new season as my teammates and I grow tighter together and continue to establish our team identity.”

Thomas was also supposed to be on that 3-on-3 team, but couldn’t play because she was ill this summer. She’s fully recovered now and raring to go.

“She’s a workhorse, working so hard on the boards,” Diggins said of Thomas. “Her offensive rebounding hurts a lot of teams and she does the little things for her team.”

Thomas averaged 17.2 points last season to help Maryland reach the NCAA tournament regional finals.

“Preseason honors are great and they show respect for our team and what we did last year. We just want to get the season started and pick up on where we left off.”

Griner, Delle Donne, Diggins and Thomas were all on the postseason All-America team. Ogwumike and Sims earned second team honors.


AP Sports Writer Stephen Hawkins in Dallas contributed to this report.


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