SHONI SCHIMMEL now plays basketball for the University of Louisville.  But for the two plus years that filmmaker Jonathan Hock reported her story in Off the Rez, a fast break of a documentary that debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival, she showed her shooting prowess and amazing behind her back dribble and passing ability while playing for Franklin High School in Portland, OR.   Eighth-ranked women’s high school basketball player in the nation in her senior year, Shoni was coached by her mother who moved her family from the Umatilla Indian Reservation near Pendleton, OR across the state to give her daughter more access to the college scouts.  Watching Shoni in Off the Rez, which you can do when TLC airs the documentary Saturday night at 9 p.m. on May 14th, is likely to have the same effect as when you first saw Michael Jordan — not surprisingly she wears number 23.   

SHONI SCHIMMEL now plays basketball for the University of Louisville.  But for the two plus years that filmmaker Jonathan Hock reported her story in Off the Rez, a fast break of a documentary that debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival, she showed her shooting prowess and amazing behind her back dribble and passing ability while playing for Franklin High School in Portland, OR.   Eighth-ranked women’s high school basketball player in the nation in her senior year, Shoni was coached by her mother who moved her family from the Umatilla Indian Reservation near Pendleton, OR across the state to give her daughter more access to the college scouts.  Watching Shoni in Off the Rez, which you can do when TLC airs the documentary Saturday night at 9 p.m. on May 14th, is likely to have the same effect as when you first saw Michael Jordan — not surprisingly she wears number 23.