Monday, September 16, 2013

Fresh Faces! AND1 signs 2013 NBA rookies Isaiah Canaan and Jamaal Franklin as brand endorsers

[Shoe Session – 9.16.13] – Fresh Faces!  AND1 signs 2013 NBA rookies Isaiah Canaan and Jamaal Franklin as brand endorsers

Inks: FLASH aka g_sk1lls 
Images: Getty Images / Various other web sources

2013 continues to be an exciting year for AND1 as it celebrates its 20th anniversary, with their signing of two NBA rookies drafted from the 2013 pool.  Isaiah Canaan (Houston Rockets) and Jamaal Franklin (Memphis Grizzlies) are officially onboard to be AND1 brand endorsers and will be joining breakout star Lance Stephenson of the Indiana Pacers as faces of the popular basketball company.  These two young, explosive guards will banner the AND1 brand throughout the 2013-14 season and will bolster a steadily increasing NBA presence which now branches out to the League’s Western Conference.

Isaiah who?

Hailing from Mississippi, Isaiah was the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) Freshman of the Year in 2010 and was awarded the OVC Player of the Year back-to-back (2012, 2013).  Drafted 34th overall by Houston in the 2013 NBA Draft from the Murray State Racers, he recently signed a 3-year deal with the Rockets.  Posted a Youtube highlights mix below of Canaan (click to play).

Listed at 6’0” – Canaan is a strong, physical point guard w/ good 3-point shooting and has an accurate pull-up jumpshot.  His built and smart play reminds people of Jameer Nelson, as Canaan not only lead his college squad in points (21.8ppg ave), but in assists and steals as well.  

Check out his NBA draft profile video below (click to play).

Isaiah is currently sporting the AND1 Empire 2.0 Mids (taken during NBA Rookie Media Day).  Fans can connect with him via Twitter (@SiP03) and Facebook (

Jamaal who?

California-born Jamaal was the Mountain West Conference (MWC) Player of the Year in 2012 and was a former teammate of Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs.  He was drafted 41st overall by Memphis in the 2013 NBA Draft from the San Diego State Aztecs, and like Canaan, also signed a 3-year deal with the Grizzlies.  Peep a Youtube video below of his highlights from SD State (click to play).

The 6’5” shooting guard possesses an explosive jumper with a good midrange game.  According to his scouting report, he can get into the lane with ease and draws contact well.  He is also a good passer & an excellent rebounder, and his athleticism allows him to be an excellent perimeter defender, to which people liken him to Tony Allen.  Franklin led his college team in scoring (17 ppg), assists (3.2) and steals (1.6).

Fans can connect with him through his official Facebook fanpage (  Check out his NBA draft profile video below (click to play).

Both players will be playing in the NBA’s Western Conference, and it will be interesting to finally see AND1 presence in the West while Lance continues to log meaningful minutes for the Pacers in the East.  Posted below are some more images of the two latest additions to the AND1 family, taken during the 2013 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot.

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Lance Stephenson (L) with Isaiah Canaan during the 
recently concluded AND1 2013 Summer Remix Tournament.

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