Rui Hachimura is raking in the dough. Or, uh... noodles.
The Washington Wizards' first-round draft pick has signed an endorsement deal with Cup Noodles and looks pretty happy about it.
Look at that beaming smile.
Forget the shoe deals... a favorite food endorsement is the new standard. Although, Hachimura just locked up a deal with Jordan, too.
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Wizards fans may have headed into Thursday night's NBA Draft filled with nerves about who Washington would pick.
But interim general manager Tommy Sheppard? He was cool as a cucumber.
"There was an incredible calmness that we had in our group because we were gonna stick to our board no matter what was going on around us," Sheppard told NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller. "We knew the players that we liked, we knew roughly if we were to get into the second round, we knew the players that we liked and where we’d need to get in to get them.”
And get them Sheppard and the Wizards did, selecting Gonzaga's Rui Hachimura with the No. 9 pick, then trading into the second round to get Tennessee's Admiral Schofield at No. 42.
Sheppard believes both players can be big contributors both on and off the court, helping bring about a much-needed culture within the organization.
"Obviously Rui was highly, highly regarded by us, to have him there at nine we were very excited. To get Admiral Schofield in the second round, these two are environment changers. They are people that are going to come in and work hard every day to get better. And that’s what we want to surround everybody here with.”
Sheppard also spoke about Wizards owner Ted Leonsis and how he supported the group making the selections on draft night.
"'Don’t screw it up,’" Sheppard said jokingly when asked what Leonsis' pre-draft message was to him. "It’s like the Hippocratic Oath: first, do no harm. He had the confidence and he’s entrusted us to run this franchise."
"He’s fantastic, couldn’t be more supportive. Communicate every day, very informed on the opportunities that we had. We brought the opportunity to get the 42nd pick. It was, ‘Do it.’ No questions asked. He has never said no.”
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Nebraska forward Isaiah Roby will reportedly be joining the Mavericks after being dealt to Dallas by the Pistons.
Roby was taken by Detroit with the 45th pick in the 2019 NBA Draft Thursday, but according to The Athletic's Shams Charania, the Mavericks traded for him.
Roby becomes the first player from the small town of Dixon, Illinois to make the NBA, a fact Roby is quite proud of.
"I'm living proof that it's possible to come out of anywhere no matter what the situation," Roby told NBC Sports Washington for the I Am The Prospect series. "If you really, truly care about it enough, anything is possible."
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