Chicago — Mikey Williams is the first American high school basketball player to sign a sneaker deal with a global footwear company, after signing a multi-year deal with Puma.
“I am excited to join the Puma family this early in my basketball journey. Puma really understands how to mix hoops and culture, two things I am passionate about,” said Williams in Rollingout.
A junior at Vertical Academy in Charlotte, North Carolina, Williams is a superstar guard slated to graduate in 2023. He already has a few offers to weigh following his potential NCAA path. He’s received scholarships from major universities and could join the NBA’s Minor league operation or play ball overseas.
He’s the 11th best prospect in high school classing by ESPN and has a large social media presence with more than 5 million combined followers on Instagram, TikTok and Twitter.
“His talent on the court and his ability to connect with young athletes and fans alike will help drive hoops culture forward and inspire the next generation of athletes,” Adam Petrick, global director of brand and marketing at Puma, further told ESPN.