Less than a week after landing in one of the best off-season transfers in goalkeeper Nigel Back, who netted an $800,000 deal, Miami lost another superstar who wants a raise of his own. Isaiah Wong, who helped facilitate the Elite Eight Hurricane Race, threatened to enter the transfer gate Thursday due to an NIL dispute before backing off the next day.
After Wong’s agent ESPN . said His client will leave Hurricanes if his NIL compensation isn’t boosted, a booster Jon Ruiz decided in Miami Friday afternoon that he would help Wong find additional NIL opportunities with various companies.
The warning came from Wong camp after thatA two-year deal worth $400,000 a year — plus a car — through LifeWallet for Pack last weekend. The Pack ranks 2nd on CBS Sports’ college basketball list This is off season and he is ready to help Miami replace departing guards Cam McGusty and Charlie Moore.
“If Isaiah and his family don’t feel that the NIL number meets their expectations, they will enter the transfer window tomorrow, maintain his NBA draft eligibility and go through the draft process,” his agent, Adam Pappas, ESPN said.
But, initially, Ruiz dismissed the idea that Wong was waiting for a bonus increase, telling ESPN that “Isaiah is under contract.”
“He was treated by LifeWallet very well,” Ruiz said, According to ESPN. “If that’s what he decided, I wish him well, however, I’m not renegotiating! It surprises me because there are a lot of guys out there who would love to play with U!”
Wong averaged 15.3 points for the Hurricanes while starting in 36 of the team’s 37 games this past season in his third year with the program. He was particularly a clutch of Hurricanes during the opening weekend of the NCAA Championship as he led the team in scoring with 22 points in a first-round victory over USC and 21 in a second-round victory over Auburn.
The deadline is Sunday for players to enter the gate and qualify for next season, and the deadline for first entrants to withdraw from the NBA draft is June 13.
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