Wings 2019 Draft Class Q&A: Arike Ogunbowale

We caught up with the No. 5 pick in the 2019 WNBA Draft to find out a little bit more about her. Ogunbowale was a four-year letter winner for the Irish and passed Dallas’ own Skylar Diggins-Smith this season to become the program’s all-time leading scorer. The 2018 and 2019 All-American was All-ACC First-Team in the same years. The 5-foot-8 guard’s late game heroics helped Notre Dame take home the National Championship in 2018 and she was a finalist for the Wade Trophy, Drysdale Award and Staley Award during the 2019 season. Ogunbowale averaged 17.6 points per game, 2.4 assists per game and shot 44 percent from the field during her time in South Bend. The Milwaukee, Wisconsin product’s 31 total points against Baylor in this year’s championship game were the second most points in championship game history.

Q: What was the first thing that went through your head when you found out you were drafted?
A:”I was just really excited. It was something I had dreamed about for a while and for it to be going on and happening was a surreal feeling.”

Q: Give us three words that describe your game?
A: “Creative, passionate and tough.”

Q: What’s one thing that our fans wouldn’t know about you?
A: “I used to play soccer. I stopped playing when I was little, about the same time I started playing basketball.”

Q: If you could go back in time and tell younger you something, what would you say?
A: “Take it day by day and no matter what happens, highs and lows, stay grounded and stay true to yourself.”

Q: Who has been a big influence on getting you to where you are today?
A: “My parents and brothers, my family. They guide me, give me advice and they help me with everything. I go to them for everything. When I would play with my brothers growing up, they’d treated me like one of them and never took it easy on me, no matter what it was. That helped shape me into who I am today.”

Q: Who do you model your game after?
A: “Kobe. I liked how he played and how competitive he was. He had a wide skill set and he has a motor that doesn’t stop. He tries to dominate anyone in front of him and I really looked to that.”