A trio of women’s basketball players have signed with Michael Jordan’s Jumpman brand, including the No. 1 overall pick in the 2022 WNBA draft, Rhyne Howard.
Howard was selected first overall by the Atlanta Dream after spending the last season at Kentucky, where she helped lead the team to its first SEC tournament championship.
.@howard_rhyne making moves pic.twitter.com/daoqp2Qh3A— Just Women’s Sports (@justwsports) May 5, 2022
.@howard_rhyne making moves pic.twitter.com/daoqp2Qh3A
“To join such an elite company is amazing,” Howard said in a statement. “Overall just super stoked to be a part of a family that cares about you on all levels in life.”
Dallas Wings forward Isabelle Harrison also has signed with the Jordan Brand. She called it a dream come true on Twitter.
“Joining the Jordan Family is like when hard work meets preparation,” she said. “I’ve yet to reach my peak but having the Jordan Family behind me lets me know the best is yet to come.”
The Chicago Sky’s Dana Evans signed with the brand as well. She becomes the first NBA or WNBA player that has won a championship in Chicago to sign with the brand since Jordan himself.
OFFICIAL: Dana Evans has signed with @Jumpman23.She becomes the first NBA or WNBA player that has won a championship in Chicago to sign with Jordan Brand since MJ. pic.twitter.com/ksU1hEhWZu— Boardroom (@boardroom) May 3, 2022
OFFICIAL: Dana Evans has signed with @Jumpman23.She becomes the first NBA or WNBA player that has won a championship in Chicago to sign with Jordan Brand since MJ. pic.twitter.com/ksU1hEhWZu
The brand’s iconic logo is inspired by a 1984 photoshoot that Michael Jordan did with LIFE Magazine prior to the Olympics. Then in 1985, while promoting the Air Jordan 1, he did the Jumpman pose in a pair of Nike shoes. Since then, the brand has taken off as a separate brand within the Nike family.
“I was always a sneaker head and now understanding that Jordans are a symbol of excellence and being a part of the Jordan Brand Family is everything I thought it would be and more,” Evans said.