Shoni Schimmel will make a quick transition from college basketball to the Women’s National Basketball Association. The WNBA season officially begins Friday, May 16th.SchimmelJersey-670 copy

Shoni and her former University of Louisville team, Angel McCoughtry, will open the season at San Antonio. Top two players in the program’s history, making the Atlanta Dream the pro women’s team of choice for all UofL fans.

The next day, on Saturday, May 17th, Atlanta travels to Indianapolis to play the Indiana Fever at Lucas Oil Stadium. It’s Family Night and tickets are available for $20, which also includes a soft drink, chips, hot dogs and a T-shirt.

Shoni’s new coach, Michael Cooper, was recently comparing her to Magic Johnson in a Portland Tribune piece.  “I see a lot of Magic in her,” he said. “But she’s a better 3-point shooter. Magic didn’t become a good 3-point shooter until the end of his career.”

Jude Schimmel recently tweeted that her sister’s Altanta Dream jersey sold out shortly after it was posted on the team’s web site.

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By Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.