Kiyomi McMiller has made history with the Jordan Brand.
According to a Nike news release, the Silver Spring, MD, native has signed a name, image, and likeness (NIL) deal with Jordan — making her the first high school athlete to join the shoe giant.
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“I’m inspired by both of my parents. I get my creativity from my dad and my grandmother, which carries over to my dribbling,” McMiller shared in a press statement. “I’m always in the gym with my mom and dad working on my game. It’s a dream come true being with the brand that stands for the same passion that I have for the game. I look forward to encouraging basketball players to use their creativity and platform to define their purpose.”
The point guard is on the roster alongside Kiki Rice.
As previously reported by AfroTech, the UCLA Bruins star was the first college athlete to sign a NIL deal with the Jordan Brand.
Prior to her new NIL deal, McMiller has been a stellar hooper. She was previously at Trinity Collegiate School in Darlington, SC, and now, she’s at Life Center Academy in Burlington, NJ.
Per ESPN, the high schooler is No. 6 on the 2024 HoopGurlz Recruiting Rankings – Super 60 list. What’s more, McMiller’s ball handling and scoring ability has led her to average 28 points per game, according to MaxPreps’ stats.
McMiller is in the process of narrowing down her options for which college to bring her talents to. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that she has over 40 offers and is looking to narrow it down to 25 options.
While McMiller’s collegiate future isn’t yet set in stone, as of this writing, she is certain when it comes to the type of player she wants to be known as.
“The greatest of all time, that’s really it,” McMiller told The Philadelphia Inquirer. “Like when they think of me, I want them to be inspired to be creative and be their own player; just think outside the box.”