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Julyan Stone Hires Giovanni Funiciello For Representation

For a guard, Julyan Stone, has major issues shooting free throws (56.1% FT% in his senior season), but the University of Texas El Paso senior has shown progress in almost every other category over his collegiate career.  Over-sized for his position, at 6’7, Julyan averaged 7.5 rebounds per game in 2010-11, but he also managed to average 5.3 assists per game.  He is not a tremendous scorer, averaging 8.5 points in 36.5 minutes per game, but he seems rather balanced.  His field goal percentage has gone up from a dismal 34.1% in his freshman year to 51.0% in his senior year.

Giovanni Funiciello certainly sees promise in Julyan.  The President of GCF Sports Management has been retained by Julyan to be his agent of record for upcoming domestic or foreign opportunities.  Funiciello had Julyan train at IMG Academies in Bradenton, Florida prior to Julyan taking part in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament.

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.