Alissa Pili
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Minnesota Lynx forward Alissa Pili might not be among the most talked about rookies in the WNBA. Obviously, the drama surrounding Caitlin Clark and Angel Reese has taken up most of the attention.

However, the No. 8 pick in the 2024 WNBA Draft out of Utah could end up carving out a solid career in the professional ranks.

She’s also the latest WNBA player to sign an endorsement deal with Nike, joining recent signings in that of Clark and A’ja Wilson.

As Nick DePaula of ESPN relays, Pili has signed on with Nike through its N7 athlete program. The program is a collaborative effort to support Indigenous access to youth sports.

“I’m so honored to join the Nike Family as a @NikeN7 athlete,” Allison Pili said in a statement. “Representation is important to me, and I look forward to making an impact in the league and demonstrating to all the Indigenous and Polynesian girls who love the game, that they can reach their dreams.”

Related: WNBA’s Caitlin Clark Nets Eight Figure Nike Contract

Alissa Pili And The Nike N7 Program

Alissa Pili
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Since its inception back in 2009, the Nike N7 program has donated more than $10.8 million to nearly 300 organizations in an attempt to lift up the Native American population.

As Pili noted in her statement, representation in this regard is a big deal. There are very few Indigenous basketball players in either the women’s or men’s game.

Nike N7 has its own signature attire section on its website. That’s where Pili’s signature brand collection will be available.

Pili, 22, is an Anchorage, Alaska, native. Thus far this season, she’s seen limited action for the Lynx. The forward is averaging 3.6 points and 1.3 rebounds per game.

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