Maya Moore signs with Jordan's brand

Updated: May 18, 2011, 4:35 PM ET
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- Top WNBA draft Maya Moore has become the first female basketball player to sign an endorsement deal with the Jordan Brand, a division of Nike Inc.

The Oregon-based sportswear business in basketball great Michael Jordan's name announced the agreement Wednesday.

"As a student of the game, it is a dream come true to align myself with a brand that has a rich history in sports," Moore said. "Like most kids, I grew up idolizing Michael Jordan and continue to work relentlessly to reach his iconic status on the court. I'm truly motivated to take my career to the next level as a member of Team Jordan."

Moore was selected by the Minnesota Lynx out of the University of Connecticut last month. Considered one of the best female players to turn pro in years, she won two national titles at UConn and is a two-time winner of the Associated Press Player of the Year award.

She joins an elite level of athletes under the Jordan brand, including Derek Jeter, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul and Andre Johnson.

"I am thrilled to welcome Maya Moore into the Jordan Brand," Jordan said. "Not only has Maya proven to be a prolific winner on the court, but her hunger and determination to make an impact off the court makes her a valuable addition to the Jordan family. We look forward to working with Maya as she carries her success to the next level."


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