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NBA Draft Early Entries Start Selecting Agents

Javale McGeeIf there is a single website that is the premier source for the NBA draft, it has got to be The site is ahead of the curve in finding out who will be entering the NBA draft early, at what slot players should be selected, and which agents players will end up signing with. I encourage you to keep up to date with the latest early entries and agent signings, by continuously checking out their 2008 NBA Draft Early Entry List. The only early entry candidate that has publicly hired an agent is Javale McGee, a 7’0 center out of Nevada. His representative is Roosevelt Barnes of Maximum Sports.

Many early entry players put their name into the draft pool to simply test the waters. An example of this is Shaun Pruitt, Senior center at Illinois, who put his name into the draft last year, but did not hire an agent. By not hiring an agent, Pruitt was able to come back to Illinois for his Senior season and attempt to prove himself once again on the court. If Pruitt had hired an agent, he would have forfeited his NCAA eligibility and not been able to play with the Illini this past year.

If an early entry player is sure to be a lottery pick, or at least a first round selection, he will often select an agent. First round selections are guaranteed contracts based on a slotting system, while second round players do not have to be signed by the NBA team that selects them. You can expect a player like Jerryd Bayless, Freshman PG at Arizona, to select an agent in the near future. He is practically guaranteed to be a lottery pick and has no intention of returning to his college team for his Sophomore year. On the other hand, a guy like Leo Lyons, Junior PF at Missouri, will probably not hire an agent. He will get some workouts, have scouts see him play, and most likely return for his Senior season.

There is no consensus on whether or not it is intelligent to enter your name into the draft if it is highly unlikely that you get drafted at all. The one point that everyone agrees upon is that it is completely irrational to hire an agent if you are not a senior and are not projected to be a top pick by a majority of commentators.

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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