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Agent Selection Scenarios: Kansas Basketball

Yesterday we tested a new feature titled Agent Selection Scenarios.  We started with a post on The Ohio State University.  Today the focus is on the University of Kansas, which is currently #2 in the country.  Here are some recent Kansas alum who are playing professional ball, along with their agents of record.

  • Cole Aldrich – Jeff Schwartz (Excel Sports Management)
  • Darrell Arthur – Jerry Hicks
  • Mario Chalmers – Sam Goldfeder (Excel Sports Management)
  • Nick Collison – Mike Higgins (The Higgins Group)
  • Drew Gooden – Dan Fegan (Lagardere Unlimited). Formerly with Calvin Andrews (BDA Sports)
  • Xavier Henry – Arn Tellem (Wasserman Media Group)
  • Kirk Hinrich – Jeff Austin (Octagon)
  • Darnell Jackson – Roger Montgomery (Montgomery Sports Group)
  • Sasha Kaun – Justin Zanik (ASM Sports). Currently playing for powerhouse, CSKA Moscow.
  • Raef LaFrentz – Mike Higgins (The Higgins Group). Retired.
  • Paul Pierce – Jeff Schwartz (Excel Sports Management)
  • Scot Pollard – Mark Bartelstein (Priority Sports & Entertainment). Retired.
  • Russell Robinson – Bob McClaren (McClaren Sports). Playing for DKV Joventut in Spain’s Liga ACB.
  • Brandon Rush – Mark Bartelstein (Priority Sports and Entertainment)
  • Wayne Simien – Leigh Steinberg. Retired.
  • Jacque Vaughn – Jeff Austin (Octagon). Assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs.
  • Julian Wright – Rob Pelinka (Landmark Sports Agency)

Kansas produces professional basketball players.  This is only a partial listing of the many high quality basketball players to come out of the Jayhawks program in the past couple of decades.  No one agency dominates the school, and there is quite a wide spread of agents who have been able to effectively pitch their services to Kansas players.  Excel Sports seems to have a nice mix with two younger players in Mario Chalmers and Cole Aldrich, along with the best in the group, Paul Pierce.

Power forward Markieff Morris should be drafted in 2011.  The senior is 6’10, 235lbs, and puts up over 13 points per game.  Marcus Morris will not definitely leave, but if he does, he is likely to be selected above Markieff.  Josh Selby is a very talented young shooting guard, but the Freshman will likely stick around for at least one more year.  If not, he could be taken in the first round.  Thomas Robinson has a lot of potential and will be returning to Kansas next year as well.  If Tyshawn Taylor leaves, he could be a 2nd round pick, but he also has one year left if he chooses to play it out at Kansas.

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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