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As players sit around anxiously waiting to hear their name called, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist could sit there knowing he already has lined up a deal with Nike. He announced several weeks before the draft via his Twitter account that him and Nike had come to an agreement. He surprised fans with a picture of “Nike Welcomes Michael Kidd-Gilchrist” banner which had currently been hoisted at Nike Head Quarters. Along with the picture was a quote, “Glad to be a part of the Nike Family!” The deal is a continuation of the partnership formed by Kidd-Gilchrist and Nike while at the University of Kentucky.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist tenure at the University of Kentucky had scouts along with potential sponsors interested in partnering with him in the future. Nike was the first to make the leap followed by The Charlotte Bobcats who selected him Second Overall in the 2012 NBA Draft.  Nike along with Gilchrist camp must have been over joyed Thursday night as Michael Kidd-GilChrist was projected to be selected after players like Bradley Beal, Thomas Robinson, and Harrison Barnes.

Many analyst believe Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will have a bright future in the NBA along with many endorsements, sponsorship’s and speaking engagements to follow.

Below is a Video of the Bobcats Selecting Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Second Overall:

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