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7 reasons Nneka Ogwumike could be considered the best ever

7 reasons Nneka Ogwumike could be considered the best ever

We already knew Nneka Ogwumike was great. But the process of voting in the WNBA's "The W25" platform confirmed her greatness and revealed her stand-alone stature in a pool of giants. For only Ogwumike, in the league's 25-year history, has checked boxes in all seven of the categories the league devised to help voters weigh candidates' accomplishments for "The W25" list. By the WNBA's own standards, therefore, Ogwumike could be considered the best ever. ...

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The Hard Screen Newsletter | July 2021

The Hard Screen Newsletter | July 2021

In the July 2021 issue of The Hard Screen Newsletter, we dig into ESPN’s bias towards UConn when it comes to the ESPYS, why the network owes A’ja Wilson an ESPY for Best College Female Athlete and the reason Caitlin Clark of Iowa should have won the award in 2021 instead of Paige Bueckers of UConn. We also examine the important lesson USA Basketball can stand to learn from Simone Biles. And we shared a sneak peak of A’ja Wilson’s experience at the Tokyo Olympics.

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​Tamryn Spruill is an author and freelance journalist covering women’s basketball, with issues of gender, race and sexuality central to her reporting. She has followed the WNBA since its 1996 inception, and she is writing a book about its exciting history through the lens of the passionate, persevering and powerful (80% Black, many LGBTQ+-identifying) women who make the league up (ABRAMS 2022). She is represented by JL Stermer at New Leaf Literary & Media.

Spruill’s bylines include Harper’s BAZAARThe New York TimesSLAMZORATeen VogueThe Athletic and Swish Appeal, where she also has served as editor-in-chief since 2018 when hired as the first woman to hold that position. 

Spruill has appeared in interviews as an expert source for NPR’s All Things Considered, Fox Sports’ First Sports in the Morning, The Julie DiCaro Show on 670 The Score and Bleacher Report.

She holds Bachelor’s degrees in Spanish and Journalism (University of South Carolina) and a Master’s of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (Goddard College).

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