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Agent Selection Scenarios: Wisconsin Basketball

I had Belmont beating Wisconsin in the first round of the Tournament (technically the 2nd round since there are now 4 play-in games).  I did not have much faith in this year’s Badgers squad, but they proved me wrong, punching in their ticket for the Sweet 16.  The Badgers have not had much success placing players into the NBA, which is surprising for a Big 10 team that seems to have at least moderate success every year.

  • Michael Finley – Henry Thomas (Creative Artists Agency)
  • Devin Harris – Jeff Schwartz (Excel Sports Management). He had been with Henry Thomas prior to making the switch.
  • Alando Tucker – Kevin Bradbury (BDA Sports)

Three big name agents listed above, and remember that Henry Thomas was representing two of the three at one point in time.  The one player out of Wisconsin to keep an eye on around draft time is Jon Leuer, a 6’10 Senior who has a shot at being a second round pick.  If he does not make it in the NBA, he is the type of player who can make nice money overseas.  Do not be surprised if Leuer signs with one of the three agents listed above.  Jordan Taylor is a talented point guard, who will likely stick around for his Senior season.

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.