'We wanted to jump in': Portland Gear signs Oregon's first ever high school athletes to NIL deal

PORTLAND, Oregon — When Jackson Shelstad is on the basketball court, people watch. The senior point guard from West Linn High School is going place...

October 22, 2022
7:34 AM

PORTLAND, Oregon — When Jackson Shelstad is on the basketball court, people watch. The senior point guard from West Linn High School is going places. Next year, he's heading to the University of Oregon but this week, he's heading to the bank. On Thursday Shelstad, along with Jesuit High School basketball star and fellow Oregon recruit Sofia Bell, each signed name, image, likeness (NIL) deals with Portland Gear.  They're the first Oregon high school students to do that since the Oregon School Activities Association clarified its rules around NIL this month.

Katherine Cook