Not only is Shoni Schimmel a starter for the East in the WNBA All-Star game (along with Angel McCoughtry), but her jersey is also the top-selling jersey so far in the entire league. Pretty impressive for a rookie who just got to the league! Not only that, but the Atlanta Dream are at the top of the list with the most popular team merchandise.
TOP 10 MOST POPULAR PLAYER JERSEYS:
1. Shoni Schimmel, Atlanta Dream
2. Skylar Diggins, Tulsa Shock
3. Elena Delle Donne, Chicago Sky
4. Maya Moore, Minnesota Lynx
5. Candace Parker, Los Angeles Sparks
6. Brittney Griner, Phoenix Mercury
7. Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Mercury
8. Stefanie Dolson, Washington Mystics
9. Kayla McBride, San Antonio Stars
10. Bria Hartley, Washington Mystics
TOP 5 MOST POPULAR TEAM MERCHANDISE:
1. Atlanta Dream
2. Tulsa Shock
3. Minnesota Lynx
4. Phoenix Mercury
5. Chicago Sky
The WNBA Draft was held Monday night in Uncasville, Connecticut and three Louisville Cardinals were among the 36 players drafted. Shoni Schimmel was picked 8th overall by the Atlanta Dream, which means that she will be on the same team as Angel McCoughtry. If there was ever a WNBA team for the city of Louisville to get behind, I think we have found one in Atlanta.
Just when it looked like Shoni may be the only Card to get drafted, the last two picks were all Louisville. At pick #35, the Los Angeles Sparks drafted Antonita Slaughter. Then to finish the draft with pick #36, the Minnesota Lynx picked up Asia Taylor.
Louisville was the only school to have 3 players get drafted on Monday night.
Press release from UofL:
Louisville, Ky. – Louisville All-American Shoni Schimmel is one of 12 prospects who will attend the WNBA Draft 2014 presented by State Farm, which will be held on Monday, April 14, at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. Live coverage of the first round will begin on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. ET. Coverage of the second and third rounds will be televised on ESPNU from 9-10:30 p.m.
Joining Schimmel is Baylor’s Odyessey Sims, Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike, Connecticut’s Stefanie Dolson and Bria Hartley, and Notre Dames’s Natalie Achonwa and guard Kayla McBride. Rounding out the list players are guards Chelsea Gray (Duke), and Meighan Simmons (Tennessee); forwards Natasha Howard (Florida State) and Alyssa Thomas (Maryland); and center Markeisha Gatling (North Carolina State).
The Connecticut Sun holds the top pick in the draft for the second time in franchise history after garnering the top selection in this year’s WNBA Draft Lottery presented by State Farm, which aired on ESPN’s SportsCenter in December. Rounding out this year’s top five picks are the Tulsa Shock (second), San Antonio Stars (third), New York Liberty (fourth), and Indiana Fever (fifth).