Fifteen-year-old Johnuel Fland, aka “Boogie” and 16-year-old Ian Jackson, aka “Captain Jack” are two NY high school basketball starts set to make history with NIL deals.
The two talented Bronx athletes are among the country’s consensus top-10 sophomores. As a result of their immense talent and popularity, these young men are about to embark upon an NIL deal that could potentially bring in thousands a month.
“It’s a big step for New York basketball, two kids from The Bronx doing something nobody else has done before,” Jackson told The New York Post in a recent interview. “People will look at us as role models.”
The pair have signed with a social media company Spreadshop for a sponsorship deal in which they can begin to create their own personal brand on the organization’s platform. This has inked their spot in history, making them the first high school athletes from New York to monetize their talents and popularity.
“I think everybody is going to be shocked,” Fland said in the same interview.
As a part of their deal, the pair will receive four figures per month for the next six months. All they have to do to get paid post one social media post per week, themselves as Spreadshop athletes.
It was a no-brainer to have these two boys partner with Spreadshop. Spreadshop business development manager, Zack Bowman said that, “Everywhere we looked, those two were at the top,” Bowman said.
It is without a doubt that we will see more of these two on the court and off. With college offers already rolling in from multiple universities nation-wide, we won’t be surprised when the NBA starts nicking next.
Congratulations, Johnuel and Ian! We cannot wait to see where this journey takes you next! It is unquestionably headed towards an exciting path!