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Illinois Point Guard Sam Maniscalco Signs With Kevin Bradbury Of BDA Sports

Illinois senior point guard Sam Maniscalco has not had an easy college career. He played at Bradley University prior to transferring to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the middle of his senior season (which turned out to be a medical redshirt season for him). Then, at the University of Illinois, Maniscalco had more injury problems. He is hoping that his newly hired agent, Kevin Bradbury of BDA Sports will persuade scouts to ignore Maniscalco’s injury ridden path and focus on the value he can add to professional basketball teams.

The glaring concern is Maniscalco’s left ankle, which was surgically repaired twice in 2010 and then re-injured again this past season. Maniscalco does not appear to have false impressions that he can make it onto an NBA team; he has plans to attain Italian citizenship and hopefully make it onto an Italian team’s roster. Bradbury, who is part of an agency that has quite a bit of experience placing players overseas, should be able to assist Maniscalco in his efforts.

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.