The two Wildcat lottery picks now have their own shoe deal.
Tyler Herro and PJ Washington, who were drafted with the 12 and 13th pick respectively, have both signed with the Nike, the company that also owns the shoe rights to LeBron James, Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods.
ESPN’s Nick DePaula first reported Washington’s signing. Per his report, the shoe deal will be a multi-year contract. DePaula was also the first to hop on Herro’s signing which is also a multi-year deal.
The Wildcats already have a plethora of NBA stars under contract with Nike which include Devin Booker, Anthony Davis, De’Aaron Fox, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and numerous other non-household names.
As for Washington, he’s yet to make his name known, not playing too much in the Las Vegas Summer League. However, during his sophomore season at UK, Washington did averaged over 15 points per game and more impressive shot over 40% from downtown.
Herro, on the opposite hand, was dominant in the Las Vegas Summer League. He put on a show for the crowd and was nominated to S/I The Crossover’s First Team All-NBA Summer League.
Here’s a little excerpt of what columnist Jeremy Woo said on Herro.
“Herro has already begun to showcase more of his creative off-the-dribble game that was more often than not limited based on the way he was used at Kentucky. He’s quite obviously further along in that area than anticipated, and handed in some great performances for Miami that displayed his full range of offensive skills.”
The 19-year-old averaged over 20 points per game for the Heat in the summer league. At Kentucky, he averaged 14 points on 46% shooting.