Hercy Miller wasted no time getting to the bag this week thanks to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
This week, reports stated that the NCAA’s rule changes and state laws finally went into effect which now allow college athletes to profit off of their names, images and likenesses for the first time ever. As a result, incoming Tennessee State University hoop star Hercy Miller — son of Hip-Hop icon Master P — has secured his own $2 million endorsement deal, TMZ reports, the most lucrative deal to happen following the new rule change.
As previously reported by AfroTech, the athlete’s father reportedly arranged a $2.5 million endorsement deal that he announced back in April, which was set to make him the highest paid college basketball player in the nation. Now that regulations have changed for the better, Miller was able to officially sign his name on the dotted line.
“I signed a deal with an American technology company. Like my dad said, it’s a blessing,” Miller tells TMZ Sports. “I learned from my dad, I’m gonna start off by giving back to the community and everyone around me. I have a camp July 21. [And] I’m giving back to the kids. Giving school supplies.”
He also told the outlet he planned to treat himself to a Tesla.
Just as Master P previously stated, the new rule change has proven to be a major “game changer,” and could be a contributing factor that will “make kids want to stay in college too.”
Master P has been a huge advocate of the NCAA’s new policy, Black ownership as well as the value of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). His strong entrepreneurial spirit is what has helped encourage his kids in their own individual pursuits.
“This message is all about educating our people,” he stated in an IGTV video. “Anybody that’s listening to this and has a business, I want y’all to join this movement with me. We need to make sure our kids get educated the way other cultures are educated.”