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Ten Native Basketball Players You Should Watch Now


Basketball season is one of the longest sports seasons there is, lasting up to eight months if teams make it well in to the playoffs, or even further, to the championship game. But going to the finals is a team effort and not an individual one.

Last week, ICTMN focused on football players to watch in the upcoming season.

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Now it’s time to highlight some basketball players in Indian Country. Here are some we plan to root for or have rooted for in the past.

Jude Schimmel

Schimmel is averaging 13.5 minutes and 1.6 assists per game for University of Louisville Cardinals. The humble 20–year-old guard also said that she is comfortable being Shoni Schimmel’s little sis.

"I've been kind of used to it my whole life because she was always my older sister and she was the whole big show," Jude told ESPN. "I've gotten used to it, and I don't have a problem with it. I'm happy for her that she gets that much attention; I wouldn't say that I get jealous or anything like that.

"I don't know, it's just cool being able to say 'I'm Shoni Schimmel's sister.'"

Bronson Koenig

Koenig is a member of the Ho-Chunk Tribe and leads all Big 10 conference freshmen in the 3-point field goal shooting percentage. He recently tweeted, “Thank you to all of my Native American supporters I can't tell you how much I appreciate you. Love you all.”

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Abby Scott

Leads NCAA D-1 in 3-point shots made in a game this season. She hit 11 from behind the arc in one game earlier this season.

Watch the 6-foot-1 guard, who is currently in her sophomore year at New Mexico State University, make the WAC record.


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