Former Gophers women’s basketball star Rachel Banham appeared in her first commercial since signing an endorsement deal with BiPro USA last month.
The ad shows Banham shooting hoops alone in a gymnasium while she tells the story about overcoming a knee injury that ended her season in December 2014.
She said in the commercial “I definitely doubted myself after I got injured. I didn’t think I would even come back to play again or be nearly the player that I was before. I want to be the best and that’s what drove me.”
The press release for Banham’s endorsement deal said she used BiPro while rehabbing from the knee injury and saw immediate results.
Banham made a full recovery and averaged 28.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game, was named the Big Ten Player of the Year and earned All-America honors in her final college season. She was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2016 WNBA draft by the Connecticut Sun. She is averaging 3.7 points per game off the bench in her first professional season.
“Nutrition is very important to me. Having other injuries in the past it’s been really huge for me just to stay healthy,” Banham said in the ad. “That’s why I drink BiPro every single day. I’ve always just had so much fun playing [basketball]. It’s something I want to do for the rest of my life.”
Banham also signed an endorsement deal with Nike in April.