WNBA Rookie Kamilla Cardoso Is a Nike Athlete

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While responding to questions Sunday night on Instagram Live, WNBA rookie Kamilla Cardoso revealed she is a Nike athlete. On Monday, Nike confirmed with FN that she is aligned with the brand.

Cardoso, 23, was selected by the Chicago Sky with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2024 WNBA Draft. During her college days at the University of South Carolina — where she won two NCAA championships — Cardoso wore Under Armour shoes on the court.

The Chicago Sky is currently 4-6 on the season. Cardoso was sidelined with a shoulder injury to start her rookie year, however she has since returned, and in and in four games has averaged 6.8 points and 5.3 rebounds in just 16.8 minutes per game.

On the court this season, Cardoso has laced up the Nike KD 16, specifically the multicolor “All-Star” colorway. The shoe — which retails for $160 — is available now via Dick’s Sporting Goods and Foot Locker. It is also available on the resale market via StockX. Other colorways of the shoe can be shopped via Nike.com.

Chicago Sky, WNBA, Kamilla Cardoso, Nike KD 16
Chicago Sky center Kamilla Cardoso in the Nike KD 16 “All-Star.”

Cardoso is not the lone member of the 2024 WNBA rookie class to join Nike. Caitlin Clark, too, is a Nike athlete, and at the start of the month the brand announced Alissa Pili as its newest N7 athlete, which is its ongoing initiative to support and collaborate with Native American and Indigenous communities.

Cardoso and the Sky will host the Connecticut Sun on Wednesday, and the game will air live on WNBA League Pass at 8 p.m. ET.

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Peter Verry is the Senior News and Features Editor for Athletic and Outdoor at Footwear News. He oversees coverage of the two fast-paced and ultracompetitive markets, which includes conducting in-depth interviews with industry leaders and writing stories on sneakers and outdoor shoes. He is a lifelong sneaker addict (and shares his newest purchases via @peterverry on Instagram) and spends most of his free time on a trail. He holds an M.A. in journalism from Hofstra University and can be reached at peter.verry@footwearnews.com.

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