Orlando Magic center Mo Bamba is the latest NBA player to sign a shoe deal. According to a report from ESPN's Nick DePaula, the former Texas Longhorn standout has reached a multi-year endorsement deal with Under Armour.
Orlando Magic 1st round pick Mo Bamba has signed a multi-year shoe deal with Under Armour.
He’ll look to showcase his personality across social media with the brand, and also carry on the momentum of Sheck Wes’ top-10 song “Mo Bamba.” pic.twitter.com/6XRqWaFgkC
— Nick DePaula (@NickDePaula) October 17, 2018
Though he's a rookie, Magic fans are excited for Bamba's potential. At seven feet tall, he's going to be a force to be reckoned with in the paint. In his lone season with the Longhorns, the Harlem native made 30 appearances, averaging 12.9 points on 54.1 percent shooting from the field, 10.5 rebounds, and a whopping 3.7 blocks in 30.2 minutes per outing.
Bamba, who wore a variant of Stephen Curry's signature shoe for portions of the preseason, considered his options before deciding to sign with Under Armour. In fact, he made visits to several camps, including those from Nike, Adidas, and Puma. And though Texas is a Nike-backed school, it seems he felt Under Armour was the best route to take.
The finer details of Bamba's agreement with Under Armour have not been released.
Mo Bamba, who was taken with the No. 6 overall pick in this year's draft, missed a bit of time this preseason due to a wrist injury, but he's managed to recover. He played 23 minutes in Orlando's preseason finale against the San Antonio Spurs, scoring 15 points, nine rebounds, and one block.
Bamba and the Magic will kick off the 2018-19 regular season with a match-up against the Miami Heat on Wednesday night. Tip-off inside the Amway Center is set for 7:00 p.m. EST.