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Schimmel sister signs with University of Cincinnati

After playing one season at Eastern Florida State College in Melbourne, Milan Schimmel, younger sister of Shoni and Jude Schimmel, is headed to the University of Cincinnati. (Milan Schimmel/Instagram)

Another Schimmel sister will be playing NCAA Division I basketball.

Milan Schimmel, a younger sister of former University of Louisville stars Shoni and Jude Schimmel, signed with the University of Cincinnati, the team announced April 21.

“It’s been quite a ride so far, but I’m beyond blessed and happy to say I’ll be continuing my career at the University of Cincinnati,” Schimmel posted on Instagram.

The Schimmel family is from the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indiana Reservation in Oregon. In 2013, Shoni and Jude drew a huge following in Indian Country when they helped propel Louisville’s memorable run all the way to the NCAA championship game. Now it’s their younger sister’s turn to play D1 ball.

“Congrats lil sis; you earned it, you deserve it. Keep growing & glowing, you’re nothing short of amazing,” Jude Schimmel tweeted.

Milan Schimmel (YouTube).

In her second year of college basketball, Milan Schimmel played the 2019-20 season for Eastern Florida State College in Melbourne, where she earned All-Suncoast Conference honors.

“I call her “Miss does it all on the floor and some’!!,” Eastern Florida assistant coach Rob McDonald tweeted.

Indeed, the 5-foot-8 guard put up strong numbers across the board as she averaged 14.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.5 steals in 30 games.

“Milan is a versatile guard that has the ability to play multiple positions in our system. She is able to score in a variety of ways and brings great experience to our teams as we continue to build a championship culture,” said Cincinnati coach Michelle Clark-Heard.

Cincinnati went 22-10 last season and reached the championship game of the American Athletic Conference where the Bearcats fell to the University of Connecticut. The NCAA Tournament, which would have included the Bearcats, was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Schimmel started her college career at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas. She has two years of eligibility left.

Although she spent just one season in Florida, she made quite an impression.

“Congratulations to (Cincinnati) for gaining a phenomenal PG & person in Milan! She is an incredible unstoppable force! Her light will shine bright at Cincinnati & we can’t wait to witness her journey!,” Eastern Florida head coach M.J. Baker tweeted.

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