Michigan basketball player Jordan Poole has declared for the NBA Draft but has kept the choice of returning to Ann Arbor next season open. While Wolverine fans would love to see him back next year, there could be a compliance issue at hand.
According to the Twitter account of The Drew & Mike Show, Poole appears to have an account with Cameo.com, a website that allows athletes and celebrities to send a personalized video greeting for a charge. The tweet from The Drew & Mike Show provided a link to the account.
It’s not clear when the account was made or whether Poole has profited from the account. He appears to be charging $20-$40 for personalized video shout outs.
Jordan Poole charging 20 bucks on Cameo for shout outs. Isn’t this making money off his likeness? Maybe he made his mind up on the NBA? https://t.co/75sy5rtjhp
— The Drew & Mike Show (@DrewMikePodcast) April 22, 2019
NCAA student-athletes are not permitted to use their likeness to make a profit, meaning Poole would be in violation, should he choose to return to Michigan. If he keeps his name in the NBA Draft, his account would be a non-issue.
Poole has decided to receive feedback from the NBA while evaluating his options. He has to make a decision by May 29 on whether he’ll return to Ann Arbor or pursue a career at the professional level.
Last season, Poole played in 37 games for the Wolverines and averaged 12.8 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.