Arike Ogunbowale is a 21-year-old basketball player at the University of Notre Dame who was named Most Outstanding Player during Notre Dame’s 2018 National Title run. Following a tournament run that saw her hit two game-winning shots, including one to win the championship, Ogunbowale will be featured on the 26th season of Dancing with the Stars in an all-athlete season in which she’ll be partnered with professional dancer Gleb Savchenko.
Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconson, Ogunbowale was an athletic force even as a child, winning four straight Wisconsin State Cups in soccer as a teenager. During her age-17 season, Ogunbowale averaged 27.2 points per game and led Divine Savior Holy Angels High School to the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Division I title.
After averaging just over 11 points in a bench role during her freshman year, Ogunbowale became a starter during her sophomore season. For her junior season in 2017-2018, she averaged 20.3 points per game, alongside 5 rebounds and nearly 2 steals per game.