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Leon Rose Signs Three 2012 NBA Prospects Including Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

I figured that Leon Rose of Creative Artists Agency (CAA) was good for at least one of Kentucky’s talented underclassmen headed for the NBA.  And I have heard from multiple sources that Rose has signed Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who just finished an outstanding freshman season.

Kidd-Gilchrist is a sure lottery pick along with Kentucky’s Anthony Davis, who is said to be a lock at being drafted #1 overall.  I currently do not have agent information for Davis nor other likely Kentucky draft picks including Marquis Teague, Doron Lamb, and Darius Miller.  However, yesterday I did hear that Terrence Jones will likely be signing with Arn Tellem of Wasserman Media Group.  I would not be surprised if each player decides to pick separate representation.  On the day of the 2012 NCAA Tournament Championship Game, I assumed that Kentucky’s players would choose different agents, including Rose and Tellem.

Rose has also signed Senior guard Kim English from Missouri and Senior guard Zack Rosen from the University of Pennsylvania.  English averaged 14.5 points-per-game during the season and 18.3 points-per-game at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament.  He could be a late draft pick or possibly make it on to an NBA team as an undrafted free agent.  Rosen averaged 18.2 points-per-game against easier competition than English, but he did earn Ivy League Player of the Year honors and happened to graduate from the Wharton School of Business.

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.