Puma signs No. 2 overall pick NaLyssa Smith

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NaLyssa Smith is teaming up with Puma. The brand announced the signing of the No. 2 overall pick in the 2022 WNBA draft Friday.

Since she was selected by the Indiana Fever, Smith has had a great start to her rookie campaign. Through five games, the forward is averaging 13.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists.

“I am thrilled to be joining the Puma Hoops family and to rock Puma both on and off the court,” Smith said in a statement. “Puma’s dedication to being a champion for women athletes along with being disruptive in the basketball sneaker space mixing sport innovation with style made this a perfect fit for me.

“I couldn’t be more excited to start my rookie season being part of such an iconic brand and joining an incredible roster of Puma Hoops athletes.”

A graduate of Baylor, Smith won an NCAA championship with the Bears in 2019.

Her signing signals a continued commitment by PUMA to push women’s sports forward. In December 2021, the brand launched a basketball-inspired lifestyle collection called Puma High Court.

Smith joins a Puma roster that includes WNBA stars Breanna Stewart, Skylar Diggins-Smith and Katie Lou Samuelson. In March, the brand announced an expanded “She Moves Us” campaign that includes Diggins-Smith and Stewart.