Nike signs top four WNBA draft picks: Loyd, Zahui B., Mosqueda-Lewis, Williams
With the WNBA training camps in full swing, Nike announced the signing of the top four draft picks in last month’s draft: Jewell Loyd (Seattle), Amanda Zahui Bazoukou (Tulsa), Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (Seattle) and Elizabeth Williams (Connecticut).
“To represent Nike Basketball is a dream come true,” said Loyd in a release. “I’m looking forward to contributing product insight and teaming with the entire Nike family of athletes to inspire kids on and off the court.”
Overall, the athletic apparel company has signed 50 female athletes across the WNBA’s 12 teams including Seimone Augustus, Sue Bird, Tamika Catchings, Tina Charles, Elena Delle Donne, Skylar Diggins, Candice Dupree, Brittney Griner, Angel McCoughtry, Nneka Ogwumike, Odyssey Sims and Lindsay Whalen.
WNBA legend and current college coach Sheryl Swoopes was the first female basketball player to receive a Nike signature shoe in 1996, the Air Swoopes.
This fall, Nike will introduce new basketball apparel designed by women for women. The new lineup will feature premium performance fabrics for “superior fit and range of movement.”