Caitlin Clark hugging Jake from State Farm after being selected in the 2024 WNBA Draft. Photo Credit: ESPN Photo Credit: ESPN

The 2024 WNBA Draft featured some of the brightest stars at the collegiate level, such as Caitlin Clark and Angel Reese, awaiting their names being called. But one unlikely personality also earned air time throughout the ESPN broadcast, the State Farm advertising personality widely known to most as “Jake from State Farm.”

Actor Kevin Miles, otherwise known to most as “Jake from State Farm,” made his presence known ahead of the event, even appearing in a tweet by the Indiana Fever, the team with the No. 1 pick in the draft.

“Indiana Fever listen, you know we’re excited for this draft,” said Miles. “All I’ve got to say is like a good neighbor, State Farm is there.”

Miles was also seen gracing the runway alongside Turner Sports personality Taylor Rooks before the event for a photoshoot.

When it actually came time for the draft to start, Caitlin Clark heard her name called with the first overall pick by the Fever.

Clark did the usual things any player does when they get drafted, embracing her loved ones around her and walking up to the stage to greet WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert.

Moments later, Clark also shared an embrace with Jake from State Farm, even placing the Fever hat onto his head as she went in for a hug.

It was a bit of an odd moment. Does Clark actually have a close relationship with Miles outside of his persona? Or does the WNBA really want to make sure that the State Farm brand is well-documented at this event?

The WNBA has a decade-long relationship with State Farm, which includes the insurance brand being the title sponsor for their Friday Night Spotlight games on ION. So it could certainly be a strategic choice to have Clark share an embrace with Miles.

But for those watching at home, it did feel a bit inauthentic to have Clark share this kind of embrace that you would more commonly see between two close friends.

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About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.