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Wyatt Wilkes becomes first active NCAA male basketball player to sell NFTs

College athletes don’t have to be star players to enjoy their NIL (name, pictures, or likeness), and Wyatt Wilkes proves it. Wilkes is a fifth-year player on the Florida State University men’s basketball team. He doesn’t have high hopes for the NBA, but he makes NCAA history. The FSU athlete will be the first active NCAA male basketball player to sell NFTs.

Wilkes will partner with Draftly, an NFT platform that helps high school and college athletes create their own NFTs and monetize their NILs. Founded in 2020, Draftly will release Wilkes’ NFTs on October 4 at 5:00 p.m. ET using the OpenSea platform.

Who was the first college athlete to sell their NFT?

The first college athlete to sell his own NFT was former Iowa men’s basketball player Luka Garza. Garza, who played for the University of Iowa from 2017-2021, released his own NFT at auction in April. The item was listed on OpenSea where the winning bid would have been over $ 41,000.

The NFT came with a pair of signed shoes, the chance to play Garza in a horse game, a meditation session, a VIP lifetime pass to one of Garza’s basketball camps, as well as dinner and a movie with the player. Garza arranged for some of the money made from this NFT sale to be donated to the Stead Family Children’s Hospital at the University of Iowa.

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The announcement came shortly after Garza’s team were eliminated by Oregon in the NCAA tournament and their season was over. As a result, Garza is not the first active college basketball player with an NFT.

Garza is well anchored in the NFT space. It has its own NFT marketplace and may publish other NFTs after its initial launch. The former business leader launched the Luka Garza NFT Group in July, which is a market for college athletes who can take advantage of their NIL.

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In May, Garza released an NFT series, which involved various accomplishments throughout his college basketball career. The winners of that auction had perks like an invitation to Garza’s jersey retirement ceremony in Iowa and the signed nameplate of his basketball locker.

Drafted by the Detroit Pistons in the second round of this year’s NBA Draft, Garza was one of the best college players in Iowa history. The Washington DC native is a two-time All-American and 2020-21 AP Player of the Year, which are awarded to the nation’s top basketball players.

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