Jude Schimmel will be on her own this season, with big sister Shoni moving up to the Women’s National Basketball Association. Expect Jude to leave an indelible mark on University of Louisville women’s basketball because she’s a serious competitor.
Jude brings passion to the floor, overcoming her petite 5-foot-6 frame with smarts and speed. She’s a crowd favorite and is inevitably welcomed by a rendition of “Hey Jude” by the UofL Pep Band when she checks in at the scorer’s table. She also brings a sense of humor, with a quick smile on and off the court, and draws swarms of autograph seekers after games.
No doubt she will miss having Shoni around, they are so close. Jude actually skipped the eighth grade so she they could play together on the varsity team. Concerns about academics were minimal and she went to to compete high school with an 3.8 grade average.
She has already earned her undergraduate degree in sociology at UofL this past summer, and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in sports administration.
Jude played in 33 games as a junior last season while averaging 5.5 points and 3.5 assists per game and was credited with a second best total of 54 steals.
Hopefully Jude sticks around Louisville for a while after her collegiate playing career is done.