Thursday, December 11, 2014
Maya A. Moore 1st female basketball player to sign with Jordan Brand.
Maya April Moore is an American professional basketball player for the Minnesota Lynx of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) and the Shanxi Flame of the Chinese league. Moore was the winner of the 2006 and 2007 Naismith Prep Player of the Year. Moore played forward for the UConn women's basketball team, and won back to back undefeated national championships in 2009 and 2010. She was selected as the John Wooden Award winner in 2009 after leading Connecticut to the undefeated national championship. The following season, Moore led Connecticut to its second straight national championship and continued its overall undefeated streak at 78; in the 2010–11 season, she led the Huskies in extending that streak to an NCAA both-gender record (all divisions) of 90. On May 18, 2011, Moore became the first female basketball player to sign with Jordan Brand. Moore was the 1st overall pick in the 2011 WNBA Draft, and joined a Minnesota Lynx team. Moore earned Rookie of the Year honors. Moore then helped lead her team to its 1st WNBA championship, the 2nd number one draft pick to do so. Moore also won a gold medal with the U.S. women's basketball team in the 2012 London Olympics. She won her 2nd WNBA championship in 2013, in a series where she was named MVP. In 2014, Moore was chosen the WNBA's Most Valuable Player. Moore also won another gold medal with the U.S. women's basketball team in the 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women, as well as being named MVP of the tournament. Moore had her first exposure to basketball at the age of three when her mother mounted a hoop on the back door of their apartment. In addition to basketball, she also participated in track and field and finished as the 1st-place runner-up in the high jump at the 2005 Georgia State 5A Championships. She was also an excellent student,as she graduated from high school with a 4.0 grade point average...recipient of the Atlanta Journal Cup.