Schimmel signs with Atlanta Dream

Shoni Schimmel

Former University of Louisville All-American women's guard Shoni Schimmel has signed a contract with the Atlanta Dream. Schimmel was the eighth pick in the recent WNBA Draft.

Shoni Schimmel is officially a women's professional basketball player.

The former University of Louisville All-American signed a contract on Friday morning with the Atlanta Dream, according to the team.

Schimmel was the No. 8 pick in the WNBA Draft last week. She left for Atlanta on Thursday and the team will have its first practice on Sunday.

Schimmel is the second-highest draft pick in the history of the school. Angel McCoughtry, who also plays for the Dream, was the No. 1 pick in the 2009 draft.

Schimmel finished her Louisville career with 387 made three-point shots, which was a school-record and just five short of an NCAA all-time record. She made multiple All-American teams and had a school-record 118 three's as a senior.

During her career, Schimmel hit 34.4 percent from behind the arc. As a senior, she led the Cardinals at 17.1 points per game.

Schimmel became the first player in U of L history to score 2,000 career points, dish out 600 assists and grab 500 rebounds. Schimmel joined McCoughtry as the school's only 2,000-point scorers. She finished her career with 2,174 points, 600 assists and 552 rebounds.

Schimmel was named to the USBWA All-American team and named a second team All-American by AP and ESPNW. She was also named a Naismith semifinalist and named to the Wooden ballot.

The first game of the season for the Dream is on May 11.

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