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2023 NBA Draft Player/Agent Pairings

Welcome to another year of providing the player/agent pairings as well as some notes for those selected in the NBA Draft.


  • WME Sports led all agencies with 5 clients selected in the 1st round. Wasserman and CAA each had 4 1st round selections. Klutch Sports and Priority Sports each had 3 clients picked.
  • Here’s how agencies did throughout the entire NBA Draft: WME Sports (8 clients selected), Wasserman (6 clients selected), CAA (5 clients selected), Klutch Sports (4 clients selected), Priority Sports (4 clients selected), Excel Sports (4 clients selected). Those 6 agencies’ clients made up more than half of the 2023 NBA Draft.
  • You won’t be able to convince me that anyone had a better night than Troy Thompson, founder of G.A.P.P. Sports Group. He saw his two sons, Amen and Ausar Thompson, picked 4th overall and 5th overall, respectively. He also serves as their agent.
  • Bouna Ndiaye, who started Comsport and has had a lot of success representing players from outside the U.S., started off the draft strong with the 1st overall pick (Wembanyama) followed by the 7th (Coulibaly).
  • A cool personal story for me is that I taught the agents who represent the 10th and 11th overall picks in the NBA Draft, Max Lipsett and Dave Spahn. The course was Sports Agency Management at Indiana University Bloomington and was taught over a decade ago.

Round 1

  1. Victor Wembanyama – Bounda Ndiaye of Comsport
  2. Brandon Miller – Wilmer Jackson of Spencer Sports Management
  3. Scoot Henderson – No agent
  4. Amen Thompson – Troy Thompson of G.A.P.P. Sports Group
  5. Ausar Thompson – Troy Thompson of G.A.P.P. Sports Group
  6. Anthony Black – Bill Duffy and Justin Haynes of WME Sports
  7. Bilal Coulibaly – Bouna Ndiaye and Jeremy Medjana of Comsport
  8. Jarace Walker – Joe Branch, Bill Duffy, and Justin Haynes of WME Sports
  9. Taylor Hendricks – Raymond Brothers of I AM Sports & Entertainment
  10. Cason Wallace – Max Lipsett, Marcus Monk, and Jeff Schwartz of Excel Sports
  11. Jett Howard – Dave Spahn of CAA
  12. Dereck Lively II – Rich Paul of Klutch Sports
  13. Gradey Dick – Bill Duffy, David Mondress, and Isiah Turner of WME Sports
  14. Jordan Hawkins – Ty Sullivan of CAA
  15. Kobe Bufkin – Jelani Floyd, Thad Foucher, and Joe Smith of Wasserman
  16. Keyonte George – Thad Foucher, Jason Ranne, and Joe Smith of Wasserman
  17. Jalen Hood-Schifino – Austin Brown of CAA
  18. Jaime Jaquez Jr. – Aaron Mintz of CAA
  19. Brandin Podziemski – David Mondress and Bill Duffy of WME Sports
  20. Cam Whitmore – Joe Branch, Bill Duffy, and David Mondress of WME Sports
  21. Noah Clowney – Rich Paul of Klutch Sports
  22. Dariq Whitehead – Mike Lindeman of Excel Sports
  23. Kris Murray – Kyle McAlarney and Mark Bartelstein of Priority Sports
  24. Olivier-Maxence Prosper – Todd Ramasar and Mike Simonetta of Life Sports Agency
  25. Marcus Sasser – Mark Bartelstein of Priority Sports
  26. Ben Sheppard – George Langberg of GSL Sports Group
  27. Nick Smith Jr – Lucas Newton of Klutch
  28. Brice Sensabaugh – Jelani Floyd, Thad Foucher, and Joe Smith of Wasserman
  29. Julian Strawther – Darren Matsubara of Wasserman
  30. Kobe Brown – Kieran Piller and Mark Bartelstein of Priority Sports

Round 2

  1. James Nnaji – Jim Tanner, Deirunas Visockas, and Gerard Raventos of Tandem/YouFirst Sports
  2. Jalen Pickett – Daniel Curtin of LAMF Sports
  3. Leonard Miller – Bill Duffy, David Mondress, and Diego Arguelles of WME Sports
  4. Colby Jones – Jared Mucha and Sean Kennedy of Excel Sports
  5. Julian Phillips – Dave Spahn of CAA
  6. Andre Jackson Jr – Drew Gross of Roc Nation Sports
  7. Hunter Tyson – Eric Fleisher of Assist Sports, LLC
  8. Jordan Walsh – Ramon Sessions
  9. Mouhamed Gueye – Amandeep Dhesi of PNW Sports Group
  10. Maxwell Lewis – No agent
  11. Amari Bailey – Bernie Lee of Thread Sports Management
  12. Tristan Vukcevic – Jason Ranne of Wasserman
  13. Rayan Rupert – Jeremy Medjana of Comsport
  14. Sidy Cissoko – Jim Tanner, Nicolas Dos Santos, and Maxwell Wiepking of Tandem/YouFirst Sports
  15. Gregory Jackson II – Lakeysha Alston
  16. Seth Lundy – Paolo Zamorano of Glushon Sports Management
  17. Mojave King – Daniel Moldovan of Octagon
  18. Jordan Miller – Mitch Butler and Chris Smoot of Rival Sports Group
  19. Emoni Bates – Steve Haney of Par-Lay Sports & Entertainment
  20. Keyontae Johnson – Ross Aroyo and Mark Bartelstein of Priority Sports
  21. Jalen Wilson – David Mondress and Diego Arguelles of WME Sports
  22. Toumani Camara – Dave Putterie
  23. Jaylen Clark – Greg Lawrence of Wasserman
  24. Jalen Slawson – Aaron Turner of Verus Sports
  25. Isaiah Wong – Bill Duffy, Erik Kabe, and David Mondress of WME Sports
  26. Tarik Biberovic – Nikolaos Spanos of Network Sports International
  27. Trayce Jackson-Davis – Max Lipsett of Excel Sports
  28. Chris Livingston – Rich Paul of Klutch Sports

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.