Today, Nike Basketball has announced the signing of Jewell Loyd, the No. 1 pick in the 2015 WNBA Draft. The Seattle Storm rookie is a Notre Dame product who can do it all on the court. The addition of Loyd comes along with the promise from Nike of a brand new basketball apparel line designed by women for women, coming this fall. More details, from our friends at Nike:

As the WNBA season kickoff nears, Nike proudly announces the signing of Jewell Loyd, this year’s No. 1 draft pick selected by Seattle. The electrifying 21-year-old guard from Chicago joins Amanda Zahui Bazoukou (No. 2 pick to Tulsa), Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (No. 3 pick to Seattle) and Elizabeth Williams (No. 4 pick to Connecticut) as part of the Nike Basketball family of 50 female athletes across the WNBA’s 12 teams.

 

“To represent Nike Basketball is a dream come true,” said Loyd. “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.”

 

 

A shining example of the past informing the future is the mentorship that has already begun between eight-time All-Star Sue Bird and rookie Jewell Loyd, now backcourt mates in Seattle and fellow Nike athletes.

 

Bird is guiding Loyd through the transition to the pros; a metaphoric torch passing to a future star whose career officially begins on June 6 in Los Angeles.

 

“The future is bright for Jewell and we’re lucky to have her in Seattle and with the Nike family,” says Bird.