One of the cool parts of Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) has been the ability for players to cash in and earn endorsements on their name. And this becomes especially true for players with unique names that pair well with the products. So it was only a matter of time before the North Carolina wing leaky black has found its perfect match. And the UNC basketball star could have done just that by teaming up with Ease Plumbing and Air.
Black was the No. 84 player overall in the 2018 class. And he played a major role in helping the Tar Heels reach the national championship game a year ago.
The plumbing company announced the partnership with Black on Twitter.
– Ease Plumbing and Air (@EasePlumbingAir) October 7, 2022
Black’s numbers didn’t jump off the page — he averaged 4.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game — though he dished out 19 assists (4.8 per game) in UNC’s first four NCAA Tournament wins. His Elite Eight performance against Saint Peter’s showed his ability to fill in a box score; he had five points, four rebounds, five assists, three blocks and two steals. And in the Final Four against Duke, Black scored eight points and grabbed nine rebounds, knocking down two big 3-pointers.
More importantly, Black was North Carolina’s best individual defenseman, which doesn’t often show up on stat sheets.
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Black opted to use his extra season of COVID-19 eligibility this year, returning to North Carolina for his super senior season. He joins Caleb LoveRJ Davis and Armand Bacot as returning starters for a team likely to be among the favorites to win the 2023 national title.