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Pumawhose fashion cred has been lifted by Rihannanow wants to score big in basketball with a little help from Jay-Z and two projected top NBA Draft picks.

The brand named the rapper its "president of basketball operations," Complex reported Monday. Puma has also inked Deandre Ayton, the likely top pick in Thursday's NBA Draft, to an endorsement deal. Ayton's pact comes days after Puma locked down ex-Duke star Marvin Bagley III, who is expected to be taken among the first few picks in the draft.

The signings immediately make Puma a player in pro basketball, a sport it has sat out since striking a deal with Vince Carter in the late 1990s. Ayton, who played one year at the University of Arizona before declaring for the draft, announced the deal on Twitter.

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