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John Wall Signs With Dan Fegan And BEST

Since the end of this past college basketball season, the biggest draft question did not focus on whether someone would keep his name in the draft pool.  Instead, it was on who the future #1 overall pick, John Wall, would select as his representation leading up to the draft.  That person will pick up the obligation of trying to sign Wall to a team over the assigned slot value ($4,286,900 for the #1 overall pick this year) and find Wall endorsement deals, including the always popular shoe deal.  I had heard many rumors about who John Wall would sign with.  I heard that CAA and Leon Rose had the best chance at locking him up (Leon’s close connection to Coach Cal wasn’t enough), but that Happy Walters was a darkhorse, who might have had an inside track at Wall.  Neither ended up signing him.  Instead, it was announced yesterday that Wall has chosen Dan Fegan, who recently joined the basketball team at BEST (Blue Equity Sports Television), which has been rumored to be in the process of being bought out by a French company called Lagardère.  Fegan and BEST will handle Wall’s team contract and also co-represent him with another agency for marketing purposes.

Fegan already has quite a list of clients.  His clients include, Nene, Nick Calathes, Matt Carroll, Earl Clark, Juan Dixon, Melvin Ely, Reggie Evans, Drew Gooden, Zendon Hamilton, Al Harrington, Jarvis Hayes, Jrue Holiday, Kris Humphries, Yi Jianlian, Dermarr Johnson, Coby Karl, Matthew Knight, Shawn Marion, Troy Murphy, Eduardo Najera, Ruben Patterson, Jason Richardson, Ricky Rubio, Joe Smith, Jason Terry, Anderson Varejao, Von Wafer, Earl Watson, and now, John Wall.  A Fegan celebration would be a fun gathering to attend.

When you think of the current most prominent basketball agents, you probably think of Arn Tellem, Leon Rose, Dan Fegan, Bill Duffy, Jeff Schwartz, and Rob Pelinka.  But in what order?  Does the signing of John Wall change where Fegan ranks?

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.