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Nerlens Noel Signs With A Pair Of Agents

Kentucky Wildcats forward Nerlens Noel (3) and teammates huddle up against the Florida Gators during the first half at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center. Mandatory USA TODAY Sports
Kentucky Wildcats center Nerlens Noel is co-represented by Andy Miller and Frank Capitano. Mandatory USA TODAY Sports

On June 13 I was tweeted news that University of Kentucky center Nerlens Noel signed with basketball agent Andy Miller of ASM Sports. Quickly thereafter I confirmed the tweet and learned that Noel had made his decision only one hour prior to my receipt of the information.

Later, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports provided an update on Noel’s business team by announcing that Miller will actually co-represent Noel along with Frank Catapano.

Catapano has been a certified NBPA Player Agent since 1982 and has represented over forty past and present NBA players, including David Wesley, Howard Eisley, Dana Barros, Adrian Griffin, Manute Bol, Sam Mitchell and Sidney Lowe.  He now runs a company named Pro Partner Sports Management, a Boston-based agency representing basketball players in the NBA and around the world.  Catapano is also co-representing Florida Gators forward Erik Murphy with Andy Miller. currently projects Nerlens Noel to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.  Miller and Catapano have reason to celebrate their signing.

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.