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FIU’s Dominique Ferguson Enters 2012 NBA Draft; Hires Agent Brian Samuels

NBPA certified basketball agent Brian Samuels has been a busy man as of late.  He recently signed Fairfield University forward Rakim Sanders and the Sacramento Kings’ Hassan Whiteside to representation agreements.  Samuels and his company, Evolution Management + Marketing, have also begun marketing efforts for two-time Super Bowl MVP Terry Bradshaw and 2011 NBA Draft pick Enes Kanter.

The newest addition for Samuels is Florida International University (FIU) forward Dominique Ferguson.  Ferguson was a highly touted recruit coming out of high school, and it was somewhat of a shocker that he decided to enroll at FIU, which is far from a basketball powerhouse.  That said, Isiah Thomas was the head coach, and he brought a lot of clout with him to the program.  Since then, Thomas has been dismissed from FIU and Ferguson attempted to transfer to be closer to his family.  The request and subsequent appeal were denied.

So Ferguson entered his name into the 2012 NBA Draft.  He may have the raw talent to succeed at the next level, but still needs some time to perfect his game.  Samuels hopes that an NBA team will give his client a chance to show what colleges across the country were salivating about back when Ferguson was deciding which school to attend.

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.