Darius Bazley a McDonald's All-American from Ohio, who forfeited his college eligible to play in the G-League signed a historic shoe deal today. Bazley signed a $1 million dollar internship shoe deal with New Balance.
Darius decided to skip the G-League and sign with the shoe company who announced over the summer that they were going to start making basketball shoes again.
This past May Bazley signed with Klutch Sports to be represented by Rich Paul. According to Timothy Rapp of Bleacher Report, the deal is worth up to $14 million dollars in performance incentives. Paul was able to negotiate a deal that regardless of his performance he will earn $1 million dollars.
This comes on the heels of the announcement that the G-League would pay “elite” prospects $125’000 dollars a year. If players are now able to ink shoe deals that are going to pay upwards to a million dollars more prospects will definitely be more inclined to skip college.
What gets missed in this story is how Rich Paul continues to empower his clients and his agency. With the signing of Anthony Davis, this summer Paul is building an agency that’s has become a force in the basketball and the sports world. This was a historic and groundbreaking deal that Paul was able to negotiate. A deal that we should stand up an applaud.