Nike Basketball announced on Monday the signing of the No. 1 pick in the 2016 WNBA draft, Breanna Stewart, to a multi-year deal.
— Breanna Stewart (@bre_stewart30) April 18, 2016
The 21-year-old Stewart joins Seattle Storm teammates Jewell Loyd (No. 1 pick, 2015), Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (No. 3 pick, 2015) and Sue Bird (No. 1 pick, 2002) as flag bearers for the Swoosh.
More details from our friends at Nike:
NIKE, Inc. is proud to announce the signing of Breanna Stewart to a multi-year endorsement deal, adding to what has already been a historic year for the Syracuse, New York native. Stewart was the number one pick in this month’s WNBA draft, just over a week after becoming the most decorated player in women’s college basketball history. She is also the first player ever, male or female, to win four consecutive national titles while earning four tournament Most Outstanding Player awards.
Throughout it all, Stewart has shown dedication and humility. “My parents are my role models. They taught me the value of hard work,” she says. “The moment that rebounding for my dad at the YMCA as a kid turned into him rebounding for me was special for us both — it showed me that loyalty and support go a long way.”
The Nike family of athletes is eager for Stewart to join them, and many have compared her versatility and style of play to that of Kevin Durant. She’s proven herself a leader with a strong work ethic and a pure love of the game, who will be an invaluable addition to the team.