On Tuesday, Auburn guard Wendell Green Jr.announced via his Twitter that he had signed a NIL deal with Next Sports Agency. On July 1, 2021, college athletes were allowed to receive profits from NIL (name, image, likeness) deals. It has since become very popular in college sports. This new agreement provides college athletes with the opportunity to receive compensation for their hard work.
Green Jr. transferred to Auburn from Eastern Kentucky. The Michigan native spent one season with the Colonels. He averaged 15.8 points per game and shot 39.6% from the floor. With the Tigers this past season, he would average 12 points per game and shoot 36.5% from the floor. His ability to make lengthy three-point shots and distribute the ball is what makes his role on the team so pivotal.
In 2021, Bruce Pearl chose to use Green Jr. as a “sixth man”. However, he still averaged 26.4 minutes per game. This season many expect the Tigers to insert Green Jr. into the starting lineup. That may not be the case with both Zep Jasper and K.D. Johnson set to return. Nonetheless, his role will be crucial to the Tigers’ success in the ’22-23 season.