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Does Michael Whitaker Have George Hill 2.0?

Michael Whitaker is a basketball agent at Reid Entertainment.  Whitaker is not a common name in the industry like an Arn Tellem, Leon Rose, or Bill Duffy, and Reid Entertainment is not a name that floats around with WMG, CAA, or BDA, but Whitaker and Reid Entertainment have been making large strides in establishing a strong presence within the NBA.

6a00d83451c3cb69e2011168596670970c-800wiWhitaker is the primary agent for Stanley Burrell, Rashaun Freeman, Keith Langford, Ricky Minard, and David Teague (mostly overseas).  Most notably, he is the man behind last year’s surprise NBA Draft first-round pick, George Hill, and a guy who has seen his draft stock explode over the past week: Jermaine Taylor (pictured: left).

Whitaker does not yet have the name or resources to go after the Blake Griffins and Derrick Roses, but he has done a very impressive job securing less scouted, high talented players into his agency.  Last year, George Hill from IUPUI (which everyone loves to try to pronounce come tournament time) was a surprise first-round pick.  But many attributed his rise to the hard work put in by Whitaker.  Among those who noticed, is Whitaker’s most recent NBA Draft hopeful, Jermaine Taylor.  Taylor told Draft Express,

“What he’s done for George [Hill] is great. He was in the same position that I’m in right now. He came from a small school, not too many people knew about him, and he went first round. I’m trying to do the same thing; I have all the confidence in my agent and right now he’s showing me that he’s doing a good job.”

The 6’4 Shooting Guard from UCF is not doing too bad of a job himself.  Taylor has been the most talked about player at the Portsmouth Invitiational Tournament.  His performance has a lot to do with his recent press, but perhaps Michael Whitaker is playing an instrumental role as well.

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.

One reply on “Does Michael Whitaker Have George Hill 2.0?”

What would you attribute the agent’s success to? He somehow is doing an awesome job, but I wonder what it is. Relentless marketing? Awesome training? I think he was thinking of sending Hill before the draft to a great NBA trainer I know out here (Guss Armstead), but I dont think he ever went.

The usual statement in sports is that an agent can’t make any GM select a guy, most teams want what they want. They say the key for agents is to prepare the player to put their best foot forward. Is pre-draft prep as important for hoops as it is for football? If so, I’m interested in who he sends his guys to. But congrats to this man for seeing the diamond in the rough!

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