Six Questions With Kenge Stevenson Of 329 Services
Kenge Stevenson is a former Missouri basketball player that owns his own sports agency. His agency is 329 Services and he has represented some big name NBA players in his past, including Keyon Dooling. While being certified with the NBPA, Kenge is also certified with FIBA. Mr. Stevenson represents several basketball players overseas.
Sports Agent Blog reached out to Kenge in order to get a better understanding of his past, and where he sees 329 Services hearing in the future.
1) What is your background in basketball and how did you get started?
My first client was actually my college roommate, Clarence Gilbert. He and I both played at the University of Missouri. He had a great career in college as well as the pros. We frequently talked while he was playing overseas, and he felt I had a unique understanding of the business of basketball. He eventually asked me to represent him in 2007. I definitely had on the job training, but looking back, that was the best way.
2) You represent NBA player Keyon Dooling. Tell us about your representation of him.
Keyon was also my roommate at Missouri, before he left early to the NBA. With his engaging personality, he had a lot of off-the-court opportunities we were able to capitalize on. A lot of these things are going to help him in his post basketball career.
Because he played with so many teams, I was able to establish a lot of relationships with different GM’s and Assistant GM’s. Those are invaluable.
3) What are your goals for 329 Services moving forward?
329 Services is focusing on the natural progression. Each year, 329 Services is taking on a bigger role, meaning more clients branching off into different sports. Things are going well, and I’m going to keep working to ensure they stay that way.
4) What sets you apart from other agents?
My ability to pay attention to detail. If you talk to any of my guys, they will tell you they feel as if they are my only client. When they call, I answer. I check up on them often as well. On top of that, I never allow myself to be outworked. In this business, there are a lot of things that you can’t control. Maximum effort is definitely one you can. I’m always going to go the extra mile for my guys
5) Walk us through a normal day of your life as an agent.
When I wake up, the first thing I do is check my email and texts on my phone. Messages come in at all hours of the night because of the time differences in the different countries. I then go over the news wires and get updated on the latest info. I go to the gym, hit the treadmill and map out in my mind what I need to get done. After that, it’s a matter of checking on clients and keeping in touch with different general managers. I want to be the first option for teams when a situation becomes available.
6) What advice do you have for aspiring agents?
It’s never too early to start building relationships. The basketball community is very insular. We all know the same people. Make yourself a part of it. Go to the events where the decision makers are and get to know these people. It is much easier doing business when you’ve had a face-to-face conversation with that person.