Sometimes it just feels more comfortable to sign with an agent who your friends are with, especially if your friends are happy with his services. It also never hurts when the agent is not far away. This way you can bug him in person instead of solely over the phone. Chris Lofton probably had both ideas in mind when he recently dropped his former agent, Eric Fleisher for Jared Karnes of Allegiant Athletic Agency (a3).
Fleisher had represented the former University of Tennessee standout since he left the college ranks to play professionally overseas. He placed Lofton in Turkey back in 2008. Lofton went on to play in Spain’s top division. Fleisher represents quite a few other players overseas and only a couple of players domestically.
Now that Lofton moves to Karnes and a3, he joins former teammates Tyler Smith and Wayne Chism as a3 clients. Both of them will be playing in Turkey this year. It is not yet known where Lofton will be for the 2010 season.
a3 is known more for its football clientèle, which includes Eric Berry, Albert Haynesworth, Kelley Washington, and more. Their basketball division is quickly growing under Karnes, with a focus on the state of Tennessee.