High school basketball phenoms Bronny James and DJ Wagner both made their presence felt at a McDonald’s All-American practice over the weekend.
The McDonald’s All-American game is sponsored by Adidas, which means all athletes are decked out in Adidas gear from head to toe. However, both James and Wagner, who recently signed NIL deals with Nike, were seen wearing the iconic “Swoosh” on their sneakers.
James was seen wearing bright pink Nike shoes and Wagner wore all black sneakers.
NIL in full force at McDonald’s All American practice. Every single player is wearing adidas shoes except Bronny James and DJ Wagner, who both signed major Nike shoe deals this past fall. This is the first McD’s game I’ve ever covered where players weren’t in head-to-toe adidas. pic.twitter.com/lnp8Nmi4Ji— Krysten Peek (@krystenpeek) March 26, 2023
Krysten Peek of Yahoo! Sports tweeted out a photo from the practice in Houston.
“NIL in full force at McDonald’s All American practice. Every single player is wearing Adidas shoes except Bronny James and DJ Wagner, who both signed major Nike shoe deals this past fall. This is the first McD’s game I’ve ever covered where players weren’t in head-to-toe Adidas,” she wrote in a tweet.
Both James and Wagner signed deals with Nike prior to the 2022-23 basketball season.
Wagner, out of Camden High School in New Jersey, signed with hip-hop star Drake’s Nike sub-label NOCTA last July. James, on the other hand, was one of several athletes to ink deals with Nike in October.
Women’s basketball stars Caitlin Clark, Haley Jones, and Judea Watkins were the other athletes to sign with Nike, which aligns with the company’s mission statement “inspiring young athletes who are leading the way now — both on the court and in their communities.”