Melburnian basketballer Ezi Magbegor has become the 37th Aussie woman drafted to the WNBA.
Dubbed 'Australian basketball’s next big thing' Magbegor, was selected by Seattle Storm in the first round of WNBA draft on Thursday morning.
Magbegor already has a gold medal to her name after a successful campaign with the Opals at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and picked up a silver at the FIBA World Cup.
After a nervous wait, at 9:56am her name was read out.
🏀 | Pure joy! Melbourne basketballer, Ezi Magbegor is on her way to the WNBA after being drafted at pick 12 by the @seattlestorm this morning. #WNBADraft #WNBADraft2019 https://t.co/pfDcR0NmO1 pic.twitter.com/ksIP5DAtO7— Herald Sun Sport (@heraldsunsport) April 11, 2019
It was an exciting moment with the 19-year-old joining Lauren Jackson's former team.
"Ezi is a young and talented player with a bright future in the WNBA," Storm CEO and General Manager Alisha Valavanis.
"She will report in 2020 and fits into our long-term strategy for this roster."
The Melbourne Boomer is one of four children to Nigerian parents Patience and Appolus, who migrated to New Zealand when Magbegor was just six.
The journey to the WNBA begun at Coburg Giants Basketball Club in Victoria and continued through the states pathways before earning a scholarship to the AIS.
In 2016, she not only won the 2016 World Championships with the Australian under-17 team but was the tournament MVP.
The morning was extra special for Australian basketball fans with Alanna Smith picked by Phoenix Mercury making it the first time in 18 years two Australians were first-round draftees.