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After dropping the first domino in rookie sneaker deals earlier this month by signing Charlotte Bobcats rookie Kemba Walker to a multi-year endorsement deal, Under Armour continues to bolster their growing roster, announcing today that they’ve also signed second-overall draft pick Derrick Williams to a multi-year deal a well.
Williams, who was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves, was the 2011 Pac-10 Player of the Year. The 6-foot-8 forward, declared for the NBA draft after his sophomore season at Arizona, averaging 19.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and shooting 56 percent from 3-point range to lead the Wildcats to the 2011 NCAA tournament Elite 8.
“Derrick had a terrific college career and emerged as an absolute force on the sport’s biggest stage,” said Matt Mirchin, Senior Vice President of Sports Marketing, Under Armour. “We love Derrick’s passion and hunger to play better every time he steps on the court. He’s a great representation for the Under Armour brand and a terrific example to all young basketball players who are dedicated to becoming game-changers.”
Williams followed up his Pac-10 Freshman of the Year campaign in 2010 by elevating his game as a sophomore. He was a finalist for the John R. Wooden Award and a second-team All-American selection. Earning him recognition on a national level was his play in the 2011 NCAA Tournament, where he led the Wildcats to the Elite 8 with a 32-point, 13-rebound performance in the regional finals.
“It’s exciting to join a young brand that brings such a strong, new voice and look to the game,” said Williams. “Under Armour is a great fit for me because they are just as passionate as I am about working hard and striving to be the best.”
With their newest acquisition, the Under Armour Basketball roster now includes Williams, Walker, Brandon Jennings and Greivis Vasquez. After landing two big fishes (and continuing to work on more) from this year’s incoming rookie class, do you think Under Armour is ready to mix it up with the larger brands in the basketball category? Sound off below!