18-Year Old NBA Prospect Signs Endorsement Deal with New Balance
He is not planning on playing school, he is focused on playing ball.
Darius Bazley is one of the game’s top prospects, expected to be a high pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. According to Marc Stein of The New York Times, the 18-year old has reportedly agreed to an endorsement deal with New Balance, which includes a $1 million internship “no matter what happens” with his highly anticipated NBA career.
The original plan for Bazley was to play college basketball, committing to a top Division I program at Syracuse university. He has since decommitted in March so he could join the NBA’s G League. He also brought on Klutch Sports agent Rich Paul to represent him. Paul is a close friend of LeBron James and represents the likes of John Wall and Ben Simmons, along with The King himself.
After communicating with Paul, the 18-year old forward decided that it was not in his best interest to compete in the G League. Instead, Bazley will train independently in preparation for the 2019 Draft.
“Right away I knew that the G League was not going to be good for Darius,” Paul tells Stein. “It’s great for some people, but there was no upside for him.
“There will be some things he misses out on, but I’m not worried at all — not with the talent and skill set he has. No matter what we do this year, he still has to be developed in the NBA. You see it even with the highest draft picks — it’s not like you come into the league as a rookie and set the league on fire.”
Bazley unique deal with New Balance can fetch him up to $14-million assuming he is to reach all of the performance incentives.