Shoni Schimmel is headed to Russia.
The University of Louisville junior basketball player has been selected to participate by USA Basketball on the World University Games team this summer.
One of 12 players selected to the team, Schimmel will participate in the games that will be held July 8-15 in Kazan, Russia. The team will practice from June 25-July 1 in Colorado Springs, Colo., before leaving for the games.
“This is a great opportunity for Shoni to play against some of the best competition in the world throughout the summer,” U of L women’s coach Jeff Walz said. “It is an honor to have her represent USA Basketball, the University of Louisville, her family and her heritage on the world stage.”
The leading scorer for U of L last season as a junior, Schimmel was named the Most Outstanding Player for the Oklahoma City Regional. She also earned WBCA All-Region honors and first team All-BIG EAST honors.
Schimmel averaged 14.2 points and 3.6 assists as a junior.
She will be competing with a USA Basketball team for the first time.
USA Basketball women's teams have participated in 16 prior World University Games and have collected a record eight gold medals, six silvers and one bronze medal. Since 1973, the first year the USA women competed in the WUGs, the United States has compiled a 95-15 record.
Junior-to-be guard Bria Smith and forward Sara Hammond also went through tryouts for the World University Games team but didn’t make the cut.