Maya Moore: First Woman To Sign With Nike’s Jordan Brand

May 19, 2011

Top WNBA draft pick Maya Moore signed a historic deal with the Jordan Brand yesterday, becoming the first woman baller to sign with the line, a division of Nike.

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The former University of Connecticut player was the number one pick int he WNBA draft last month, chosen by the Minnesota Lynx.

During her time at UConn, the 21-year-old had a stellar career, awarded numerous accolades, was a four-time All-American and saw her team win two NCAA championships – in 2009 and then again in 2010. She was a part of the 2010 U.S. Women’s National team as well, the only college player selected. The women’s team won the gold medal at the 2010 FIBA World Championship in the Czech Republic in October of last year.

Financial details of the endorsement deal have not been disclosed, but reports suggest that it’s worth somewhere between the $3 million and $4 million range. Cha-ching! Not bad, eh?

What does the 6’0″ forward think of the deal?

“This is another level. I think it’s such a special time right now to be able to move on and get started. It’s almost like where you’re choosing to go to college. You want to surround yourself with the best, and that’s why I went to UCONN. I want to do the same thing now that I’m a pro. I had the opportunity to be a part of team Jordan and I jumped at the opportunity.”

Michael Jordan released a statement yesterday regarding Moore’s signing with his brand:

“Not only has Maya proven to be a prolific winner on the court, but her hunger and determination to make an impact off the court makes her a valuable addition to the Jordan family. We look forward to working with Maya as she carries her success to the next level.”

While she undoubtedly was a force to be reckoned with during her college years, she has yet to show what she can do at the professional level, although there is little doubt that she will be successful. Many feel that her inking a deal with the Jordan brand is a bit premature, what do you think?

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Photos: Karwoski

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