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Agent Selection Scenarios: Pittsburgh Basketball

I have received good feedback on this new column and plenty of Retweets on Twitter for the features on Ohio State Basketball and Kansas Basketball.  Keep those Tweets coming!  Up next is the University of Pittsburgh, who many claim to be the beast of the Big East.  They have a big game in a few hours against #19 Connecticut, but even if Pitt loses, the team will get a very kind seed in the NCAA Tournament.  Here is where some of their former players have gone for representation.

  • DeJuan Blair – Happy Walters (Rogue Sports)
  • Mark Blount – Mark Bartelstein (Priority Sports)
  • Aaron Gray – Andy Miller (ASM Sports)
  • Chris Taft – Billy Ceisler. Waived by the Warriors in 2006.
  • Sam Young – Lance Young (Octagon). Lance is not related to Sam.

Quite the mix above; however, I am told that Happy Walters has a solid reputation on campus amongst the basketball players.  Thus, it should not be a surprise if the best player(s) at Pitt sign with Rogue Sports.  One can never count out Bartelstein and Miller from making a splash, though.  The players to watch are Gilbert Brown and Brad Wanamaker, who are both seniors on this year’s deep Pittsburgh team.  Brown is roughly 2 inches taller than Wanamaker and also 2 years Wanamaker’s elder.  Brown will also likely be drafted higher than Wanamaker, but neither player is guaranteed to be drafted at all.

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.