Former Boston College men’s basketball star Jerome Robinson has agreed to a multi-year shoe deal with Nike. Robinson’s deal comes a mere three months after being selected thirteenth overall in the 2018 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers.
The details of the deal have not yet been announced, aside from it lasting multiple years, but it appears to be in line with Nike’s vigorous attempts to land many of the 2018 top prospects. Nike announced Robinson’s deal alongside three additional first round picks from this past summer.
Considering many insiders speculate that the deal comes in at a relatively low cost for the shoe company, this will likely be a low-risk, high-reward opportunity for Nike. Robinson’s deal is presumably ladened with incentives and could be a stepping stone for future deals, should Robinson maintain success at the professional level.
Robinson’s first experience in the NBA came this past summer during the 2018 Summer League. Prior to Summer League play, Jerome was banged up during the Clippers’ mini-camp, limiting him to just three games total. Despite this setback, Robinson impressed in the three summer games he did start, averaging 24 minutes per game and putting up 13.7 points per game on 44% shooting.
The Clippers currently have a bit of a backlog at the guard position, which could make it difficult for Robinson to find playing time early in the 2018 season. However, the Clippers drafted Robinson alongside fellow guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (formerly of the Kentucky Wildcats). If the Clippers get off to a slow start or realize the playoffs are out of the picture, expect the team to feature the young guard in regular minutes.
If Robinson's career pans out as the Clippers hope it will, this shoe deal could end up being a steal for both Nike and Jerome himself. The Clippers' regular season begins on October 17, so time will tell how Robinson's skills are utilized by the team.