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Agent Selection Scenarios: Connecticut Basketball

Jimmer Fredette is to BYU as Kemba Walker is to the University of Connecticut.  UConn has advanced to the Sweet 16 and fans should be thanking Kemba for the 33 points he contributed to the team in its battle against the University of Cincinnati on Saturday night.  Next up for UConn is San Diego State University, which has a very limited alumni base who have made it in professional basketball.  Here are some of the more recent UConn players who have achieved at the next level, along with their agents of record.

  • Jeff Adrien – Aaron Mintz (Priority Sports)
  • Ray Allen – James Tanner (Williams & Connolly)
  • Hilton Armstrong – Jeff Schwartz (Excel Sports Management)
  • Josh Boone – Robert Fayne
  • Caron Butler – Raymond Brothers
  • Rudy Gay – Lance Young (Octagon)
  • Ben Gordon – Raymond Brothers
  • Richard Hamilton – Leon Rose (Creative Artists Agency)
  • Donyell Marshall – Andy Miller (ASM Sports)
  • Emeka Okafor – Jeff Schwartz (Excel Sports Management)
  • Kevin Ollie – Bill Neff (Saga Sports)
  • A.J. Price – Jeff Schwartz (Excel Sports Management)
  • Hasheem Thabeet – Ugo Udezue (BDA Sports)
  • Charlie Villanueva – Jeff Schwartz (Excel Sports Management)

Jeff Schwartz is keyed in at Connecticut.  Other than Schwartz, it looks like Raymond Brothers has some nice pull at UConn.  But if I had to place a bet on which agent Kemba Walker will be picking, I would put my money on Schwartz.  Walker is a guaranteed lottery pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, and I cannot see the Junior coming back for his Senior year.  Alex Oriakhi is a talented 6’9 power forward on the current UConn squad, but the Sophomore is still too raw to be drafted.  Look for his stock to rise over the next year or two.

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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