Seattle Storm sign WNBA blocks leader Ezi Magbegor to extension

Jun 4, 2024, 3:46 PM

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Ezi Magbegor of the Seattle Storm blocks a shot by Indiana's Caitlin Clark on May 22, 2024. (Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

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SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Storm have signed forward Ezi Magbegor to a contract extension, locking up the All-Star who currently leads the WNBA in blocks per game.

Terms of the contract were not announced by the team on Tuesday. Magbegor is averaging 13.6 points, 8.6 rebounds and three blocks per game early in her fifth season with Seattle.

“Ezi is a star in this league, a core part of this team and our championship pursuit, and we are thrilled she is staying in Seattle,” Seattle general manager Talisa Rhea said.

Magbegor was a first-round pick by Seattle in 2019 but didn’t make her debut in the WNBA until 2020. She’s twice been named second-team all-WNBA defensive team and last year was an All-Star for the first time in her career.

“Seattle is where I want to be. It’s been my home away from home for the last 5 years and I love what we are building as a group,” Magbegor said. “I’m excited to commit to an organization that has created a standard for women’s sports and leads the way as a professional sports team on and off the court.”

The 24-year-old has also been a key contributor for Australia in qualifying for the upcoming Olympics in Paris and was the tournament MVP for the FIBA Olympic qualifying tournament in Brazil earlier this year.

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