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Michael Carter-Williams Reportedly Close To Selecting NBA Draft Representation

Syracuse Orange guard Michael Carter-Williams (1) reacts in the first half of the semifinals during the 2013 NCAA mens Final Four against the Michigan Wolverines at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Syracuse Orange point guard Michael Carter-Williams is reportedly between signing with Andy Miller or Jeff Schwartz. Photo Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Carter-Williams will be a first round selection in the 2013 NBA Draft.  In fact, it is very likely that he is selected with a team’s lottery pick.  The sophomore point guard from Syracuse is listed somewhere between 6’5 and 6’6, which gives him a good amount of length and height for his position.  But he is also an excellent ball handler, which has led many to believe that he will remain as a point guard at the next level.

Earlier this month, Carter-Williams declared for the NBA Draft and did not retract his name prior to the NCAA’s Early Entry Withdrawal Deadline.  Thus, the Syracuse point guard no longer has to worry about relinquishing his student-athlete eligibility should he sign with an agent – that eligibility is long gone.  And according to a source, Carter-Williams is likely to make his agent selection known by the end of this week.

Sports Agent Blog has learned that Carter-Williams held meetings with agents and supposedly narrowed his agent selection process down to three groups: ASM Sports, Excel Sports Management and the new Roc Nation Sports/Creative Artists Agency (CAA) partnership.  The latest information received by Sports Agent Blog is that Carter-Williams has removed Roc Nation/CAA from the mix and is now between Andy Miller of ASM and Jeff Schwartz of Excel Sports.

If Excel Sports Management earns the right to represent Carter-Williams, he will become the second projected first round point guard represented by the firm.  C.J. McCollum, a senior point guard from Lehigh is assumed to be a first round pick, and has committed to Excel.  The company also has other projected first rounders in Anthony Bennett of UNLV and Cody Zeller of Indiana.

Meanwhile, ASM Sports is representing point guard Khalif Wyatt from Temple and Elijah Johnson from Kansas, but neither of the two are likely to be first round selections, let alone lottery picks.  As reported earlier today, Andy Miller also recently signed former Florida forward Erik Murphy.

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.