Sometimes it seems like Dynasty has become a full-service baseball agency, but just because the other divisions may not get as much love on our tweets, Facebook page, or this site, does not mean that they are failing in any way. We recently struck a strong deal for one of our Entertainment clients, had many players (not listed on Dynasty’s website) show up for UFL tryouts in Orlando and Atlanta (a few received heavy interest), and have been working hard on developing our Basketball Division. The former head of that division, Austin Walton, is no longer with Dynasty, but the division remains afloat, and stronger than ever. In fact, last week, we sent our first basketball client overseas to Lithuania. His name: Brandon Brown.
Brandon, a 6’7 forward/center, approached me mid-July to tell me that he was ready to play professional basketball. Brown was different than any other potential client who had approached me in the past; he was still a student-athlete, about to enter his senior season with the Cal State San Bernardino Coyotes. Upon hearing that he still retained student-athlete eligibility, I let Brandon know that I would not sign him to an agency contract, but that if he chose to play overseas, I would be happy to serve as his advisor in signing the professional contract.
Brandon is a special player. Last year at CSSB, Brandon was First Team All American, New Comer of the Year, First Team West Region, CCAA Tournament MVP, Player of the Week 4 times out of 12, Athlete of the Year at CSSB. Everyone was so high on Brown after he averaged 21.5 points and 10 rebounds, and led the league in scoring, blocked shots, and was third in rebounding. It would not be long until the teams started writing.
Brandon was between an offer from a team in France and a team in Lithuania. He ended up accepting an offer from BC Siauliai in Lithuania, where he will have an opportunity to showcase his skills in EuroCup play over the next few months. He left California late last week and is currently getting acquainted with Lithuanian life. Luckily for Brandon, we placed him with Lithuanian-based independent scouts, Evaldas Rimkus and Saulius Svetkauskas, who will look after him and make sure he is comfortable away from home.
Big things are expected out of Brown, who was projected as a pre-season NCAA Division II all-America and potential CCAA and NCAA player of the year before leaving to play professional basketball overseas. I still talk to Brandon almost every day even though he is overseas. Skype is a beautiful thing. Additionally, our independent scouts overseas are definitely taking care of him. See a pic with our Lithuanian independent scouts and Brown, below.