Shoni Schimmel: Sharing and Daring
MAY 19, 2014 -- If there's one thing Shoni Schimmel isn't feeling right now, it's fear.
The rookie guard has found herself far from her home, friends, and family on the Umatilla reservation in Eastern Oregon, where Schimmel grew up, and the University of Louisville, where she starred in college. And although Schimmel hasn't been in Atlanta for long, the electrifying guard has already made a mark.
The former Louisville star made her WNBA debut this past weekend with seven points and 11 assists, followed by a road performance in Indiana with 17 points and 10 assists, tying the record for most assists (21) in her first two WNBA games. (Suzie McConnell Serio set the record in 1998.)
But that wasn't all Schimmel was up to. During her first week in Atlanta, Shoni met up with NBA TV's Kristen Ledlow to talk about the adjustment to her new city, what it's like to be away from her very tight-knit family, and her legions of fans and followers on NBA Inside Stuff.
Ledlow wasn't the only one to hop on the "Showtime Shoni" train. ESPN personality and Atlanta Dream analyst LaChina Robinson took notice:
But we can't say that Shoni doesn't still have a lot to learn in her professional career. Dream coach Michael Cooper told The Indianapolis Star of her game-tying (while probably not advised) 3-pointer: "I’m giving her a little leeway... You don’t stop a great player like that because you just let her make it happen. Now, had we lost, I’d probably be saying something different.”
But there's no doubt that fearless Shoni Schimmel is a huge asset to this Dream team, upping their chances of a title this year by just that much more.