Shoni Schimmel’s Dream Jersey Is No. 1 Seller in WNBA

WNBASchimmel holds up her Atlanta Dream jersey on draft day in April 2014.


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Schimmel holds up her Atlanta Dream jersey on draft day in April 2014.

 

Since the start of the WNBA season, Shoni Schimmel has been one to watch.

Last week, she was officially named to the WNBA All-Star team earning a starting position for the Eastern Conference, a rarity for any rookie.

Now, the WNBA is reporting that Schimmel has the leagues most popular jersey, according to sales from WNBAStore.com that were tallied from the start of the 2014 regular season.

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Her popularity with the Atlanta Dream also helped the team claim the No. 1 spot on the best-selling team merchandise list for the first time, WNBA.com reported. Schimmel is also among several players from the most popular jerseys list who are headed to the WNBA All-Star game including, Skylar Diggins, Elena Delle Donne, Maya Moore, Candace Parker, Brittney Griner and Diana Taurasi.

On Twitter, Jude Schimmel congratulated her sister:

Click here for a list of the other top selling jerseys.

The WNBA All Star Game begins on July 19 and will be televisied on ESPN.

 

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Schimmel Is the Highest Native American Drafted in W.N.B.A. History

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Louisville’s Shoni Schimmel holds up an Atlanta Dream jersey with WNBA president Laurel J. Richie after she was selected 8th overall in the WNBA draft on, Monday, April 14, 2014, in Uncasville, Conn.

 

“DREAM BIG” followed by several emoticons and then “#N8tive” was what Shoni Schimmel tweeted on Monday night before she held up an Atlanta Dream uniform on the WNBA draft stage at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.

The 5-foot-9 University of Louisville guard became the highest drafted Native American player in WNBA history when she was selected eighth overall by the Atlanta Dream.

“I was very happy to hear my name called, and the fact that it’s down the road in Atlanta will make the transition even easier,” Schimmel told WNBA.com. “I’m just so excited.”

“We are all excited about Shoni Schimmel coming to Atlanta,” said Michael Cooper, head coach of the Dream. “She can play in an up-tempo offense like we play, and is a player that can push the tempo and play multiple positions.”

Schimmel ranks fifth in NCAA Division I history with 387 three-point shots, just five shy of the 392 record. She became the first Louisville player ever to accumulate totals of at least 2,000 points and 500 assists, finishing with 2,174 and 600, respectively, said WNBA.com.

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Schimmel sat in the green room prior to the draft with her parents, Rick and Ceci Schimmel. Her sister Jude Schimmel was also there to congratulate her. After the news was announced, Jude tweeted, “Can’t explain how happy I am for my sister” and “@Schimmel23 killed that interview! REPRESENT!!!! It’s the revolution.”

“Most people’s dreams don’t come true because they don’t work at it hard enough,” Shoni’s father, Rick Schimmel, told theNew York Times. “She’s put everything she could into it.”

“It’s really starting to hit me now,” Schimmel told the Oregonian days before the draft was announced. “It’s crazy. You’re used to going to school, and now you’re trying to figure out everything about pro basketball. It’s hitting me fast, but I’m excited. I’m getting ready to start my life.”

 

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