Karl-Anthony Towns, the former University of Kentucky basketball standout who was the No. 1 overall pick in this summer's NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves, has signed an endorsement deal with Nike.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the shoe and apparel company announced Monday that it had also signed the No. 2 pick in the 2015 draft, Louisville native D'Angelo Russell of the Los Angeles Lakers out of Ohio State University.
Towns averaged 10.3 points and 6.7 rebounds and was named Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year and an All-SEC first-team selection in his one season at Kentucky, which ended with the Wildcats going 38-1 and reaching the Final Four.
"For me, the biggest thing is going to be making the playoffs with Minnesota after an 11-year drought," Towns said of his goals in the Nike news release. "If I was blessed to be able to take them to the playoffs, that would be a big step in my career."
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Russell, a first-team All-American in his one season with the Buckeyes, averaged 19.3 points and five assists per game.
"I want to reach my full potential as a rookie and just keep adding to my game, " Russell said.
Towns and Russell join a list of NBA players endorsing Nike that is led by LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant.