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Keldon Johnson latest former Wildcat to sign with Nike

Nike is signing every former Wildcat they can.

The San Antonio Spurs’ first round NBA Draft selection at No. 29 overall announced on Instagram Friday that he has joined the Nike basketball family.


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New chapter, Same story!! Excited to announce I am officially a part of the @nike family! #DreamsDoComeTrue??

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All three Wildcats picked in the first round of the 2019 NBA Draft have signed with Nike. Johnson joins the Swoosh Club alongside Tyler Herro and P.J. Washington. There are now at least a dozen former Cats who have shoe deals with Nike.

After one season at Kentucky that featured plenty of peaks and valleys, Johnson did much of the same in the NBA Summer League. There were a few subpar performances that are easily overlooked once you watch highlights from his 29-point night against the Memphis Grizzlies.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

12 Comments for Keldon Johnson latest former Wildcat to sign with Nike

  1. JASUN74
    12:24 pm August 10, 2019 Permalink

    Congratulations brother!! Get that money! Lol. I know that they sign kids because they see potential stardom and if it works out they hit the jack pot.( Shoe deals, commercials, etc) I don’t know if he’s going to be a star one day or not but we just never know how hard a young man is willing to work to get better. He does have a awesome personality and that’s half the battle. Lol. Best of luck to Keldon and keep working hard.

  2. Racerr11
    1:24 pm August 10, 2019 Permalink

    I love all 3 but sad they would sign with a shoe company that removed american flag from there shoes and who supports slap nuts kaepernick.

    • UKFanSC
      1:31 pm August 10, 2019 Permalink

      Like it or not Nike and your Cats are joined at the hip. But I agree with your sentiments.

    • Looother
      1:48 pm August 10, 2019 Permalink

      Agree. Wouldn’t be caught dead in anything Nike…

    • mashburnfan1
      2:03 pm August 10, 2019 Permalink

      And if this was a UNC or KU or dUKe team with many players signing with a shoe company that sponsors the college team they attended all of you would be screaming it was a pre-arranged deal to get them to attend that school. They were paid to attend blah blah blah. Is what others are saying about UK as a buddy of mine just brought that up about our guys after reading this. “See Cal is still a cheat, working with Nike to get recruits. No way you can convince me they did not get money upfront with an agreement that after the draft they sign with Nike”. Was his exact quote to me and then made me think BBN would say the same thing if it was another team. Most say it anytime any recruit chooses a school other than UK.

    • UKinMKY
      2:23 pm August 10, 2019 Permalink

      I’m sure Nike very much cares about losing your business.

    • 4everUKblue
      2:48 pm August 10, 2019 Permalink

      Your opinion is doesn’t matter bumfan

    • 4everUKblue
      2:49 pm August 10, 2019 Permalink

      No one is trying to convince you of anything, you’re insignificant.

  3. UKFanSC
    1:28 pm August 10, 2019 Permalink

    He will need to quickly acquire guard skills or he’ll become James Young 2.0. He has more upside, and that 29 point explosion proved he can score. Love the kids game, but he must adapt to being a guard. Best of luck to him. He certainly ended up in a great place.

    • mashburnfan1
      2:04 pm August 10, 2019 Permalink

      He is never going to be quick enough to play D vs NBA guards.

    2:42 am August 11, 2019 Permalink

    Good….so it’s clear UK is represented well enough in Nike foodwear. Can we please throw away and burn the f***ing Kyrie shoes then? What a disgrace to the UK program, having those on our players.

      2:43 am August 11, 2019 Permalink

      LOL….FOOTwear. But wearable food would “suit” a lot of NFL linemen , I’m sure. Hmmm…..