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David Falk Signs Duke’s Austin Rivers and Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger

Duke University guard Austin Rivers and the Ohio State University forward Jared Sullinger have decided to enter the 2012 NBA Draft as underclassmen and sign with the same agent – David Falk.  David Falk’s daughter, Diana, immediately sent out Tweets to Rivers and Sullinger, welcoming the players to “the family.”

My prediction that Rivers would sign with Jeff Schwartz of Excel Sports Management based on Schwartz’s representation of Paul Pierce (a member of Doc Rivers’ Celtics team), and Austin Rivers’ brother, Jeramiah Rivers being an Excel Sports Management client, was off.  However, last year I wrote, “David Falk has been very selective in his recruiting since coming back to the business.  If he goes after anyone at OSU this year, it will be Sullinger.”  So at least I have a slight ability to predict the future.’s 2012 NBA Mock Draft currently has Sullinger off the board as the #6 overall pick and Rivers as the #16 overall pick.  Falk concurrently represents other familiar names including Elton Brand (played at Duke), Evan Turner (played at Ohio State), Roy Hibbert, Jeff Green, and Mike Bibby.

A few notes courtesy of Darren Rovell’s Twitter persona:

  • Falk told Rovell that he spent a total of four hours recruiting both superstars.
  • Falk claims to have never met Jared Sullinger prior to this past Thursday.
  • Falk has no interest in representing a massive amount of players.  He told Rovell, “some agents want to be Chevy dealers, sell 300 of them, offer financing & incentives. I want to be a Ferrari dealer.”

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.