To Rutgers alumni and fans Cappie Pondexter is arguably the best women's basketball player to ever come out of Rutgers University, and possibly one of the most influence players in history. Well now it seems ESPN agrees, on Wednesday it was announced that Pondexter was named one of ESPN's WNBA Top 20@20 presented by Verizon. This list is to commemorate the 20th anniversary season of the WNBA. This list was presented on ESPN's Sportscenter Face to Face with Hannah Storm. Pondexter is included in the list comprised of 9 current athletes and 11 former players.
After being picked 2nd overall in the 2006 WNBA draft she played three seasons with the Phoenix Mercury and helped the team win a title in 2007 and 2009. She we named MVP in 2007. In 2010 she was traded to the New York Liberty. In 2015 she was traded again, this time to the Chicago Sky, where she is currently today.
In addition to her amazing WNBA career, she was also a part of the 2008 U.S. Women's Basketball Olympic team, which won gold. She is only the 7th player to ever score over 6,000 points in the WNBA.
The entire list of the WNBA 20@20 include:
Seimone Augustus, Sue Bird, Swin Cash, Tamika Catchings, Maya Moore, Candace Parker, Cappie Pondexter, Diana Taurasi, Lindsay Whalen, Cynthia Cooper, Yolanda Griffith, Becky Hammon, Lauren Jackson, Lisa Leslie, Deanna Nolan, Ticha Penicheiro, Katie Smith, Sheryl Swoopes, Tina Thompson and Teresa Weatherspoon.
WNBA President Lisa Borders said in a statement Wednesday "On the court, they represent the absolute best in Women’s Professional Basketball and are in so many ways larger than life. Off the court, they represent their teams, hometowns and communities in which they live and work with the utmost professionalism. Most importantly, they represent the hopes and dreams of generations of young girls all over the world, the future of the WNBA."