Ginebra star Scottie Thompson joined forces Monday with local sportswear brand World Balance, becoming the first player since PBA legend Philip Cezar to sign on as its endorser.
The move allows the five-time PBA champion to have his own signature shoe, officially named 'ST1,' in the near future.
"It was only just a dream. ST1 coming out soon," posted Thompson on Instagram.
Thompson is the second active player to have a shoe deal. Terrence Romeo signed with Chinese sports apparel brand Peak in 2017 and subsequently released his first signature shoe, the 'TR7.'
Barny Chong, president of World Balance's parent company CHG Global Inc., cited the Gin King's trademark hustle and heart as the reasons behind the partnership.
"Thompson caught our attention largely thanks to his tenacity, rebounding prowess, and versatile play on both ends of the court as well as his mindset of grit and hard work which make him a natural fit for World Balance," he said.
"We are thrilled to add him to our WB family and we can't wait to collaborate with him in bringing an exclusive collection to the market," he added.
According to World Balance, Thompson will first sport their basketball and performance apparel before they release his signature kicks.
The one-time PBA Finals MVP was key in Ginebra's championship inside the bubble in Clark, Pampanga, posting averages of 11.0 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 5.8 assists.
His game-winning three sent the Gin Kings to the finals after a grueling five-game series against modern rival Meralco.