Former Iowa State star Tyrese Haliburton has signed a shoe contract with Nike, as reported by ESPN.com’s Nick DePaula on Monday night.
Haliburton, as DePaula noted on Twitter, has been wearing Nikes during his rookie season with the Sacramento Kings.
Nike outfits some of the game’s biggest players, including Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James and Dallas Mavericks guard Luke Doncic. Nike, of course, is most associated with former Chicago Bull and six-time NBA Champion Michael Jordan, who now has his own ‘Jordan’ brand as part of the Nike line. That ‘Jordan’ brand outfits several college programs, including the Oklahoma Sooners.
Haliburton is working through his first NBA season and has carved out a solid role with the Kings after the franchise took him No. 12 overall in the 2020 NBA Draft.
As of April 26, Haliburton was averaging 12.8 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 5.1 assists per game. In his last game on April 25, Haliburton scored 24 points in 37 minutes, shooting 10-of-20 from the field, while grabbing three rebounds and dishing out eight assists. Haliburton moved into the starting lineup for that game after De’Aaron Fox sat out due to COVID-19 protocols.
Haliburton spent two seasons at Iowa State, where he helped the Cyclones win the 2019 Big 12 Tournament championship as a freshman. For his two-year career with the Cyclones, he averaged 10.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 4.7 assists per game.
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