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Shelvin Mack Narrows Agent Search Down To Three

Sharp shooter Shelvin Mack from Butler has placed his name into the 2011 NBA Draft player pool and will not be returning to school for his senior season.  Instead, Mack is deep into the process of interviewing agents, narrowing down the group of potential suitors to three: Octagon, The Neustadt Group, and ASM Sports.  The three companies will have representatives visit Mack and his family in Louisville, Kentucky before Mack makes his ultimate decision regarding representation.

Most 2011 NBA Mock Drafts predict that Mack will be selected somewhere near the middle of the pack in the 2nd round.  This past season, Mack averaged 16 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per game, but only shot a 40.8 field goal percentage.

Doug Neustadt is going up against two much larger NBA agencies in the recruitment of Mack.  Interestingly, Neustadt got his start in the sports agent industry working at Octagon, where he was an agent in the company’s Basketball Division for roughly nine years.  He is now competing against his former company and ASM Sports, which was recently written about in the New York Times as possibly having a connection to a runner who is a former convict.

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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