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BDA Sports Is Off To A Strong Start With Its 2011 NBA Draft Class

A little over a week ago, I noted that recruiting for the 2011 NBA Draft is heating up.  As teams have been getting knocked out of the post-season tournaments, the players who perform for those teams have either declared their intention to enter the NBA Draft or commit to staying at least one more year at their respective institutions.  In the post linked above, I suggested that BDA Sports has been putting great emphasis on recruiting Nikola Vucevic of Southern California and JaJuan Johnson of Purdue.  Both teams are out of the NCAA Tournament, thus each player has the right to select an agent.

The LA Times has reported that Nikola Vucevic is leaving USC early and has already signed with BDA Sports “to show he was making a firm commitment to the draft rather than just ‘testing the waters.'”  And while no large publication has announced it yet, I have heard from a credible source that JaJuan Johnson has also selected BDA Sports as his representatives for the NBA Draft.  Whereas Vucevic is leaving USC early, Johnson just finished his senior year at Purdue.  Thus, the decision to sign with an agent at this point in time is not as bold of a move.

Neither player is guaranteed to be a first round selection in the 2011 NBA Draft, but if more top prospects follow the lead of Jared Sullinger, who recently announced that he will be returning to Ohio State, and commit to staying at least one more year with their college basketball teams, guys like JaJuan Johnson and Nikola Vucevic can easily jump into the first round, giving BDA Sports a draft class reminiscent of 2009, when the company represented 6 first rounders.

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.

One reply on “BDA Sports Is Off To A Strong Start With Its 2011 NBA Draft Class”

I think they also signed Mark Payne from UC Davis. Players like this usually get left in the cold by big agencies when they don’t make the NBA.

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