EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., June 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- BiPro USA today announced that it has signed basketball sharpshooter Rachel Banham to an endorsement deal. Banham started using BiPro last year while rehabbing from a torn meniscus and torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).
She saw immediate results in her senior season at the University of Minnesota. Banham averaged 28.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game en route to Big Ten Player of the Year and Associated Press All-America honors. The Lakeville, Minnesota native finished second in the country in scoring and was also a John R. Wooden Award finalist. In April, Banham was selected fourth overall in the WNBA Draft by the Connecticut Sun.
"Nutrition is very important to me," Banham said. "Having other injuries in the past, it's been huge for me to stay healthy. Drinking BiPro is really going to help extend my career and help me be able to play basketball for as long as I can."
Banham rose to national prominence in February when she tied the NCAA's single-game scoring record with 60 points. She was featured in national newscasts and even got noticed by her childhood idol, Kobe Bryant.
"Congrats on the 60 @rachelbanham15 From what I've seen I don't think it will be the last time you hit that mark," Bryant posted on his Twitter profile @kobebryant after the game.
Banham followed that historic performance with a game-winning shot at the buzzer to best Iowa, which prompted another congratulatory tweet from Bryant. One week later, she broke the Big Ten scoring record in a 52-point effort against Michigan State.
Banham will be featured in local and national advertisements for BiPro, showing that high-quality whey protein is a valuable tool for male and female athletes alike.
"Rachel is the perfect person to represent BiPro," said Polly Olson, vice president of sales, marketing and new business development. "As a brand with strong roots in Minnesota, we're proud to support a Minnesota native like Rachel who will continue to be a great ambassador for our community."
BiPro USA is a consumer brand of Agropur inc.
Founded in 1938, Agropur Cooperative is a North American dairy industry leader. With sales of $5.9 billion in 2015, the Cooperative is a source of pride for its 3,367 members and 8,000 employees. Agropur processes more than 5.7 billion liters of milk per year at its 39 plants across North America and boasts an impressive roster of brands and products including Natrel, Québon, OKA, Farmers, Agropur Signature, Agropur Grand Cheddar, Island Farms, BiPro, and the Ultima Foods joint venture's iögo and Olympic brands.
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