If the NIL rule were in place, it’s possible Corey Kispert could have turned his stardom in Spokane, WA into a lucrative business. Or at least a couple of extra dollars. “I’m so happy for everybody now who gets a fair shake at that. They are going to take advantage of who they are and the position that they’re in,” he told NBC Sports Washington. “The timing sucks, you know. That’s about it, that’s the only complaint I have. But I’m really happy and I just hope people go about it wisely and take advantage of the opportunity they are given.”
Cassius Winston left as one of the best and most revered players in MSU history, which could have potentially made him a good deal of money and, given he was a second round pick and has so far played on a two-way contract, there’s no guarantee he will make up for lost time. “I’m a fan of it. Once they figure it out and clean it up and polish it enough that it makes sense. I feel like these players making money off their name and their brand and off their image, that’s a part of it. That’s a part of this spotlight and that’s what you work for. You work for being able to use your name, that can make not only you but your family money,” he told NBC Sports Washington.
Daniel Gafford is an avid gamer and would have loved to have been represented in college basketball video games. “It’s been a long time coming, I would say, especially since back in the day they had the NCAA games, like college football and college basketball games. Guys would have been able to make money off of that. Now, for them to able to do that, I’m just grateful for it because now they don’t have to go through the process that everybody else went through trying to figure out what to do here, what to do there,” Gafford told NBC Sports Washington, referring to NCAA eligibility rules.
Incoming Duke Blue Devils power forward Paolo Banchero has signed with CAA Basketball for NIL representation ahead of his true freshman season. Banchero is a 247Sports Composite five-star recruit and the No. 2 ranked overall player in the recruiting class of 2021.
Davion Mintz has become the first Kentucky men’s basketball player to reach an agreement with a shoe company during the name, image and likeness era of college athletics. While we’ve seen other players partner with smaller brands and companies – Dontaie Allen signed an apparel deal with The Players Trunk, while Kellan Grady partnered with iSlide for exclusive UK sandals, among others – Mintz announced a partnership with Reebok on Friday to become the first to UK player with a major shoe company agreement.
The partnership is expected to be an off-court deal, as NIL rules state players are not allowed to sign competing on-court apparel deals with rival companies. With Kentucky being a Nike school, Mintz’s partnership must be limited to time away from basketball.
Explosive scoring guard Mikey Williams won’t be eligible for the NBA draft until 2024 and still has nearly two years to decide on college basketball or a pro pathway. Yet his massive social media following — more than 5 million followers across multiple platforms — has allowed Williams to become the first prep basketball star to sign with a major sports representation agency to pursue name, image and likeness endorsements and sponsorships.