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Agent Spotlight: Andre Buck

Renaldo BalkmanI am back from Biloxi, Mississippi, and short a few dollars. Oh well, back to the world of blogging for pennies! Here is an Agent Spotlight:

Andre Buck played basketball at the University of Delaware, where he majored in finance. He also received a law degree from Widener. He first got his chance at being a basketball agent when he joined up with Leon Rose. Some say that Leon Rose is a name that we are now familiar with due to William Wesley [NBA Draft Day Links]. No matter how Leon rose (pun intended) to his current status, Buck was not going to miss the train. Sticking alongside Rose, Andre Buck went from representing overseas players to getting his name called in’s 2007 NBA Sports Agent Draft. This year, Buck had 2 players selected in the draft (Aaron Brooks and Chris Richard), and I congratulate him on his rise to becoming a prominent NBA agent.

Buck’s first NBA client is shown to the right. His name is Renaldo Balkman, and is a man that made a lot of Knicks fans continue to wonder about Isiah Thomas’ foundations. Everybody thought that Balkman would still be available in the 2nd round, and most were shocked that the Knicks selected him with the 20th pick overall. The move made many people wonder how the hell something like that could happen. Andre Buck was also shocked:

“I missed the call from the Knicks that they were going to take him,” Buck said. “It was sprung on me. I didn’t know ahead of time, like the rest of the agents did when their clients were selected. I found out when everyone else found out.” [CR grad thriving as sports agent]

Andre Buck has moved on from that moment and has not looked back. When Buck started representing players in 1997, he never could have imagined that he would someday be working for one of the largest entertainment agencies in the world. That entertainment agency has recently expanded into sports and has acquired some of the biggest names in professional sports representation. One of those names is Andre Buck, who is now an agent at CAA (Creative Artists Agency).

-Darren Heitner

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.

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