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NCAA Investigating Wasserman Basketball Agent Thad Foucher’s Ties To UCLA’s Kyle Anderson

Wasserman Media Group’s Executive Vice President of Basketball, Thad Foucher, made the biggest signing of his basketball agent career when the #1 overall pick of the 2012 NBA Draft, Anthony Davis, chose Foucher and Wasserman’s Vice Chairman Arn Tellem as his agents.  More recently; however, Foucher’s name is being mentioned in basketball circles because there is talk that he is on the NCAA’s radar in its investigation focusing on UCLA.  Specifically, Jeff Goodman of reported that the NCAA is looking at a possible relationship between Foucher and UCLA freshman Kyle Anderson, which may concern some kind of recruiting violation.

Foucher has been a Wasserman Media Group employee since 1998.  His clients include LaMarcus Aldridge, DJ Augustin and Russell Westbrook.  Prior to joining Wasserman, Foucher was the head coach of a very successful New Orleans, Louisiana-based AAU team.  Part of the NCAA inquiry concerns UCLA freshman Shabazz Muhammad, who may have received what the NCAA terms as “improper benefits” from boosters of the AAU team he played for in Las Vegas, Nevada.  There is no reason to believe that Foucher is in any way involved in the Muhammad phase of the NCAA’s investigation.

I have reached out to Wasserman Media Group for comment on the matter, and am awaiting an official response.

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.