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Word on the Street: Agent Hirings and Early-Entry Speculation
by: Jonathan Givony - President
April 18, 2006
The latest news and rumors about who is hiring who and which underclassmen might be entering.

Morrisonís Press Conference Coming Wednesday

DraftExpress exclusively reported Sunday night that Adam Morrison will be announcing a press conference sometime this week to declare his intentions to enter the 2006 NBA draft as well as announce the hiring of Chicago-based agent Mark Bartelstein. Sources today reconfirmed Morrisonís hiring of an agent and informed us that his press conference is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.

Expect the mass media to catch on tomorrow with their ďsourcesĒ about 48 hours after the fact and claim it as their own as they did with Tyrus Thomas today.

Thomas by the way announced he signed with Elfus and Siegel Management today, which sent out some shockwaves in the NBA agent world. Elfus and Siegel showed that even the little guys can sign the big fish sometimes. Their only NBA client up until now? You guessed it, fellow Louisiana native Randy Livingston, who went to LSU himself.

Shelden Williams Continuing With Redick

Multiple sources confirmed to us today that Duke Senior Shelden Williams will sign with Arn TellemĎs Wasserman Media Group. This marks the third signing of a top 10 player on our 2006 mock draft by Tellemís WMG. Their other two signees are Williamsí teammate J.J. Redick and Washington Shooting Guard Brandon Roy. Tellemís group is also reportedly in the mix for another top 10 big man pick in Texas Sophomore LaMarcus Aldridge, along with Chris Boshís (whoís from Texas) agent Henry Thomas, a third Texas native in Emeka Okaforís Jeff Schwartz, and Las Vegas native Mike Higgins.

UConn Players Preparing for the NBA Draft

With Rudy Gayís announcement to enter the draft today, UConnís could end up going into the 2006-2007 season with Jeff Adrien (6.5 ppg) as their top returning scorer.

All of UConnís players will work out in Storrs with the coaching strength and conditioning staff until the end of the semester in early May. This is to ensure they leave on good academic standing and UConn doesnít have scholarships taken away according to NCAA rules on graduation rates.

After a bit of wavering, Junior Point Guard Marcus Williams is rumored to have agreed to be represented by BDA (Bill Duffy Associates) Sports Management. He will make his announcement known in a press conference next week.

Senior shooting guard Rashad Anderson, coming off a solid performance at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, will sign with New York City based agent Andy Miller.

Senior PF/C Hilton Armstrong will sign with Emeka Okaforís agent Jeff Schwartz from Los Angeles. Shwartz also represents UConn head coach Jim Calhoun.

Rudy Gay is also apparently being heavily recruited by Schwartz, as well as by Worldwide agency Octagon and New York City based agents Billy Ceisler and Lou Tucker.

Senior SG/SF Denham Brown will sign with Henry Thomasí Chicago based CSMG.

According to the Hartford Courant, Junior PF/C Josh Boone will work out in Chicago with former UConn assistant and big man coach Clyde Vaughan. Vaughan recruited Boone heavily in prep school and was a big factor in bringing him to UConn. He was eventually forced to resign from his position as an assistant coach after being arrested for solicitation of a prostitute.

Novak Signs With Dienerís Agent

Sources also confirmed to DraftExpress that sharp-shooting Marquette Forward Steve Novak will sign with DC area based Doug Neustadt. Neustadt represents clients such as Boris Diaw, Sarunas Jasikevicius, and Novakís teammate at Marquette last year, Travis Diener. Heís expected to train in the Washington DC area.

Ronnie Brewer Wavering?

Although many, including us, have already penciled in Ronnie Brewer for the 2006 Draft, that might be a bit premature. More than one source, including Brewer himself, told DraftExpress that a final decision has not been made. Brewer is in a situation that is somewhat similar to Joakim Noah in the fact that he is in no financial pressure to begin his professional career. He also reportedly is enjoying his college experience immensely in terms of being the Big Man on Campus. Brewer, unlike Noah, still has something left to prove, as his 1st round exit from the NCAA tournament may have left a sour taste in his mouth. Brewer will have an extremely talented frontcourt to work with should he decide to return next year in 7 foot shot-blocking specialist Steven Hill and big-bodied 6-10 athletic presence Darian Townes, both NBA draft prospects down the road themselves. Itís very difficult to pass up being a lottery or top-20 pick, though, so expect this one to come down to the wire.
 


Feedback for this article may be sent to jonathan@draftexpress.com .

 

Randy Livingston
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Physicals
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 209 lbs.
Birthday: 04/02/1975
39 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Isidore Neman
Previous Team: , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #13 in 1996 Draft
by the Rockets
Positions:
Current: G,
NBA: G,
Possible: G
Quick Stats:
16.0 Pts, 4.3 Rebs, 10.2 Asts


Shelden Williams
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Physicals
Height: 6' 8"
Weight: 258 lbs.
Birthday: 10/22/1983
30 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Midwest City
Previous Team: Chalon , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #5 in 2006 Draft
by the Hawks
Positions:
Current: PF/C,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF/C
Quick Stats:
22.0 Pts, 11.8 Rebs, 1.1 Asts


J.J. Redick
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Physicals
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 190 lbs.
Birthday: 06/25/1984
30 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Cave Spring
Previous Team: Duke , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #11 in 2006 Draft
by the Magic
Positions:
Current: SG,
NBA: SG,
Possible: SG
Quick Stats:
15.2 Pts, 2.1 Rebs, 2.3 Asts


Brandon Roy
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Physicals
Height: 6' 6"
Weight: 207 lbs.
Birthday: 07/23/1984
29 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Garfield
Previous Team: Washington , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #6 in 2006 Draft
by the Timberwolves
Positions:
Current: SG,
NBA: SG,
Possible: PG/SG
Quick Stats:
10.0 Pts, 2.3 Rebs, 2.0 Asts


LaMarcus Aldridge
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Physicals
Height: 6' 11"
Weight: 234 lbs.
Birthday: 07/19/1985
29 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Seagoville
Previous Team: Texas , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #2 in 2006 Draft
by the Bulls
Positions:
Current: PF/C,
NBA: PF/C,
Possible: C
Quick Stats:
15.5 Pts, 7.5 Rebs, 1.8 Asts


Chris Bosh
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Physicals
Height: 6' 11"
Weight: 225 lbs.
Birthday: 03/02/1984
30 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Lincoln
Previous Team: , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #4 in 2003 Draft
by the Raptors
Positions:
Current: F,
NBA: PF/C,
Possible: F
Quick Stats:
16.2 Pts, 6.6 Rebs, 1.1 Asts


Emeka Okafor
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Physicals
Height: 6' 10"
Weight: 257 lbs.
Birthday: 09/28/1982
31 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Bellaire
Previous Team: , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #2 in 2004 Draft
by the Bobcats
Positions:
Current: F,
NBA: PF/C,
Possible: F
Quick Stats:
Pts, Rebs, Asts


Mike Higgins
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Physicals
Height: 6' 9"
Weight: 220 lbs.
Birthday: 02/17/1967
47 Years Old
Teams:
High School: West Greeley
Previous Team: , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: F,
NBA: F,
Possible: F
Quick Stats:
1.2 Pts, 1.8 Rebs, 0.2 Asts


Rudy Gay
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Physicals
Height: 6' 8"
Weight: 222 lbs.
Birthday: 08/17/1986
27 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Spalding
Previous Team: Connecticut , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #8 in 2006 Draft
by the Rockets
Positions:
Current: SF,
NBA: SF,
Possible: SF/PF
Quick Stats:
19.4 Pts, 7.4 Rebs, 2.2 Asts


Jeff Adrien
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Physicals
Height: 6' 6"
Weight: 236 lbs.
Birthday: 02/10/1986
28 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Brookline
Previous Team: Connecticut , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
2.3 Pts, 3.5 Rebs, 0.3 Asts


Marcus Williams
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Physicals
Height: 6' 7"
Weight: 205 lbs.
Birthday: 11/18/1986
27 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Roosevelt
Previous Team: Shanxi , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #3 in 2007 Draft
by the Spurs
Positions:
Current: SF,
NBA: SF,
Possible: SF
Quick Stats:
28.9 Pts, 5.3 Rebs, 3.7 Asts


Rashad Anderson
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Physicals
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 224 lbs.
Birthday: 11/10/1983
30 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Kathleen
Previous Team: Connecticut , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: SG,
NBA: SG,
Possible: SG/SF
Quick Stats:
13.0 Pts, 2.7 Rebs, 1.0 Asts


Hilton Armstrong
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Physicals
Height: 6' 10"
Weight: 240 lbs.
Birthday: 11/25/1984
29 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Peekskill
Previous Team: Panathinaikos , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #12 in 2006 Draft
by the Hornets
Positions:
Current: PF/C,
NBA: PF/C,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
1.3 Pts, 2.4 Rebs, 0.3 Asts


Denham Brown
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 218 lbs.
Birthday: 01/07/1983
31 Years Old
Teams:
High School: West Hill Collegiate
Previous Team: Connecticut , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #10 in 2006 Draft
by the Sonics
Positions:
Current: SG/SF,
NBA: SG,
Possible: SG/SF
Quick Stats:
7.3 Pts, 6.5 Rebs, 3.5 Asts


Josh Boone
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Physicals
Height: 6' 10"
Weight: 237 lbs.
Birthday: 11/21/1984
29 Years Old
Teams:
High School: West Nottingham Academy
Previous Team: Connecticut , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #23 in 2006 Draft
by the Nets
Positions:
Current: C,
NBA: C,
Possible: PF/C
Quick Stats:
5.8 Pts, 4.2 Rebs, 0.2 Asts


Steve Novak
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Physicals
Height: 6' 9"
Weight: 216 lbs.
Birthday: 06/13/1984
30 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Brown Deer
Previous Team: Marquette , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #2 in 2006 Draft
by the Rockets
Positions:
Current: SF/PF,
NBA: SF,
Possible: SF/PF
Quick Stats:
3.3 Pts, 1.1 Rebs, 0.2 Asts


Boris Diaw
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Physicals
Height: 6' 8"
Weight: 203 lbs.
Birthday: 04/16/1982
32 Years Old
Teams:
High School:
Previous Team: , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #21 in 2003 Draft
by the Hawks
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
9.1 Pts, 4.1 Rebs, 2.8 Asts


Travis Diener
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Physicals
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 165 lbs.
Birthday: 03/02/1982
32 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Goodrich
Previous Team: Marquette , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #8 in 2005 Draft
by the Magic
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
7.5 Pts, 1.9 Rebs, 5.1 Asts


Ronnie Brewer
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Physicals
Height: 6' 7"
Weight: 223 lbs.
Birthday: 03/21/1985
29 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Fayetteville
Previous Team: Arkansas , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #14 in 2006 Draft
by the Jazz
Positions:
Current: SG/SF,
NBA: SG/SF,
Possible: SG/SF
Quick Stats:
0.3 Pts, 0.6 Rebs, 0.4 Asts


Joakim Noah
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Physicals
Height: 7' 0"
Weight: 223 lbs.
Birthday: 02/25/1985
29 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Lawrenceville Prep
Previous Team: Florida , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #9 in 2007 Draft
by the Bulls
Positions:
Current: PF/C,
NBA: PF/C,
Possible: PF/C
Quick Stats:
12.6 Pts, 11.3 Rebs, 5.4 Asts


Steven Hill
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Physicals
Height: 7' 0"
Weight: 248 lbs.
Birthday: 11/14/1985
28 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Branson
Previous Team: Arkansas , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: C,
NBA: C,
Possible: C
Quick Stats:
Pts, Rebs, Asts


Darian Townes
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 10"
Weight: 250 lbs.
Birthday: 07/31/1984
29 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Hargrave Military Academy
Previous Team: Arkansas , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PF/C,
NBA: PF/C,
Possible: PF/C
Quick Stats:
11.8 Pts, 6.8 Rebs, 0.8 Asts


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