WBB lands elite recruit Schimmel

Shoni Schimmel was worth the wait for Jeff Walz' Louisville women's basketball program. The Cardinals won out over a host a top-notch programs Tuesday, as the consensus Top 10 national player signed with the Cards, becoming the highest ranked player to ever chose Louisville.

Louisville women's basketball bolstered its talented 2010 recruiting class as head coach Jeff Walz announced the signing of the nation's No. 8 recruit, Shoni Schimmel (Hermiston, OR) on Tuesday evening. Schimmel becomes the highest ranked player to sign with the Cardinals and will join five other players in a class that was ranked sixth in the nation by Hoop Gurlz.

"This is an outstanding day for Louisville Women's Basketball," said Walz. "To see our investment of hard work and diligence pay off is extremely rewarding. Shoni is one of the most dynamic players in the women's game and will no doubt be the subject of endless highlight reels. She is the perfect compliment to our already highly ranked recruiting class. Shoni can play many guard positions and is a master at getting other people involved in the game. Her passion for the game is unparalleled, and her personal story will be a welcome reprieve from the norm. She has an amazing family and we are excited to showcase her talents in and among the wonderful student-athletes at the University of Louisville. Cardinal fans will want to buy their tickets now. They will love watching this kid play!"

Schimmel, a 5-9 point guard from Franklin High School, was selected to the 2010 WBCA All-American Team. She was ranked as the No. 8 player in the nation by Hoop Gurlz and the third best point guard in the class of 2010. She was also named a first team Parade All-American.

"This decision was more than basketball," said Schimmel. "It was about an opportunity to get a great education, follow my hoop dreams, and represent my Native American heritage. Playing at Louisville in the BIG EAST Conference offers the best opportunity for me to compete at a championship level under a great administration and coaching leadership.

"I am looking forward to college, meeting my teammates, and embracing the Cardinal fans. It's exciting to be a part of an amazing 2010 Louisville recruiting class and I look forward to getting in the gym and begin working with my new team. I offer a heartfelt thank you to the many supporters that have been there for me and of course and most importantly my family."

Schimmel was named the Oregonian Class 6A Player of the Year by the state's coaches. She was also named a first team all-state her senior year. She finished her senior year scoring 805 points, the third-highest single-season total ever in Oregon. She started her senior season on fire after being hampered by an ankle injury her junior year. She opened with games of 41, 38, 43 and 48 points, while knocking down 11 three-pointers against Canby, a state record.

She also led the Quakers (22-5), who hadn't been to the state tournament since 1988, to the quarterfinals in back-to-back seasons under head coach Ceci Moses, her mother. Schimmel averaged 29.8 points, 9.0 rebounds, 7.3 assists and 5.5 steals per game her senior season. She shot 121 of 320 (38 percent) on three-pointers, 46 percent overall from the field and 79 percent on free throws. Her 121 three-pointers is a state record.

She finished her career with 2,120 points (despite missing 13 games as a junior), ranking her sixth on the all-time list. She finished her high school career averaging 22.4 points. She was named the Oregon 5A Player of the Year her freshman and sophomore seasons. She was also the Oregon 6A Player of the Year her junior season. She earned first team all-state honors and first team all-conference honors all four years of high school.

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