After dropping the first domino in rookie sneaker deals earlier this month byÂ 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.
â€œDerrick had a terrific college career and emerged as an absolute force on the sportâ€™s biggest stage,â€ said Matt Mirchin, Senior Vice President of Sports Marketing, Under Armour.Â â€œWe love Derrickâ€™s passion and hunger to play better every time he steps on the court. Heâ€™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.â€
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.
â€œItâ€™s exciting to join a young brand that brings such a strong, new voice and look to the game,â€ said Williams. â€œUnder 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.â€
WRITTEN BY Brandon RichardÂ
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