WNBA draft will be telecast on Monday, April 14, 2014, at 8:30 p.m. – EDT on ESPN2. Check your local television listings for accurate channel information.
Shoni Schimmel excelled in her senior year as a Louisville Cardinal. Photo by: Michelle Hutchins – Louisville Athletics
UNCAVILLE, CONNECTICUT — Umatilla Shoni Schimmel, the Louisville Cardinals women’s basketball team sensation, will be drafted by a WNBA team Monday, April 14, 2014.
Many draft boards have her going as early as the seventh pick in the draft to the twelfth pick.
The 21 year-old senior guard loss in Louisville will the city who drafts her gain.
Where she ends up however will be anybody’s guess as many teams have different needs at the moment but one thing is for sure Shoni will be a huge addition to any WNBA squad in terms a team looking for a great outside shooter and of course the throng of fans that she will draw to not just the home games but to the away games as well.
Shoni Schimmel prepares to practice for tournament play last month.
Schimmel ended her collegiate career five 3-pointers short of matching Laurie Koehn’s NCAA career record of 392.
She is fun to watch because of her fearless and tenacious approach to the game. Schimmel, who grew up in Mission, Oregon, won the admiration of many across Indian country because of her fearless play during her collegiate career at Louisville, where became the school’s second highest scorer in its women’s basketball history.
Any team based in a city with close proximity to an American Indian population, such as Minneapolis, Seattle and Tulsa, stands to benefit from having her on their team. Her ability to draw American Indians became evident when the Cardinals played in the 2013 regional finals in Oklahoma City, where a sizable American Indian crowd showed up to watch she and her sister Jude play.
When asked this past Friday if she is hoping to be drafted by Seattle, she was quick to point out she respects her Native heritage, but she realizes there are other fans besides American Indians who support her.
“It’s definitely in my mind because it’s close to home … I know there’s a lot of Native Americans up in the West Coast area especially the Northwest,” said Schimmel, “At the same time regardless of where I go, I think a lot of fans will go and support me in general. So it doesn’t really matter where I go.”
Shoni is one of twelve women basketball players invited to attend Monday night’s draft.
The WNBA draft will be telecast on Monday, April 14, 2014, at 8:30 p.m. – EDT on ESPN2. Check your local television listings for accurate channel information.
Editor’s Note: NDNSports.com contributed to this article from Lawrenace, Kansas.