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SFX’s Tellem set to hoop it up big in NBA draft

SFX Basketball chief Arn Tellem represents three NBA prospects who have a realistic chance to be taken one, two, three in the draft later this month, in what could be one of the most dominant draft days for any single agent.

Tellem represents Seton Hall freshman Eddie Griffin, Illinois high school senior Eddy Curry and Georgia high school senior Kwame Brown, according to sources. Although it is still early, all three have been ranked among the top five picks on several draft lists.

It isn't clear how many players Tellem may represent overall in this year's draft or if he will break his record of representing seven first-round picks last year. Repeated attempts to reach Tellem for comment were unsuccessful. But sources said he has signed as many as eight players who may be picked in the June 27 draft.

Last year, Tellem's top pick was No. 5 Mike Miller. SFX Sports, as an agency, represented nine of the first 29 picks in the 2000 draft.

Eric Chapman, author of a scouting report that counts 20 NBA teams as its subscribers, said the No. 1 draft pick is anybody's guess. "To be honest, it's totally up in the air at this point," he said. "There is no Tim Duncan-, Shaquille O'Neal-type [in this draft]."

Chapman named as potential top five picks Griffin, Curry, Brown, California high school senior Tyson Chandler and Georgia high school senior DeSagana Diop. He said all five have a chance at being No. 1.

Diop has signed with NBA agent Leon Rose, according to sources. Chandler is represented by Jeff Schwartz, president of the sports division of Artists Management Group, which is owned by Hollywood agent Michael Ovitz.

 PARNEVIK HEADWEAR SWITCH: In an unusual midseason move, colorful PGA Tour golfer Jesper Parnevik has switched his headwear endorsement deal from Sun Microsystems Inc. to Upper Deck.

Since Parnevik routinely flips up the bill of his cap, Upper Deck's logo appears on the underside as well as the top of the hat, said Clarke Jones, the IMG agent who represents Parnevik.

As to why Parnevik left Sun Microsystems earlier this year, Jones would only say, "We all agreed to go a different way."

A telephone call to Sun Microsystems, which last week saw its stock plunge on a warning that fourth-quarter earnings would be lower than expected, was not returned by press time.

Jones wouldn't reveal the value of Parnevik's headwear deal.

  FAMILIE GETS SNOWBOARDER WHITE: The Familie, an agency specializing in extreme sports, has signed 14-year-old professional snowboarder Shaun White, who appears on the cover of this month's "SI for Kids."

White, who recently won a gold medal in the Arctic Challenge in Norway, is hoping to qualify for the U.S. team for the 2002 Winter Olympics, said Nadia Guerriero, Familie director of athlete management. Guerriero and Familie President Steve Astephen will handle White's career.

White was formerly represented by his parents, Guerriero said.

  GAYLORD SIGNS GOLFERS, DEALS: Gaylord Sports recently signed PGA Tour veteran Andrew Magee and Craig Lile, who recently turned professional. Magee was previously represented by IMG.

Additionally, Gaylord inked endorsement deals for existing clients and PGA Tour golfers Billy Mayfair, Rocco Mediate and Mark Calcavecchia to endorse prestigious golf courses.

Mayfair will endorse Estrella Golf Course, a Jack Nicklaus signature golf course in Goodyear, Ariz.; Calcavecchia will endorse Querencia Golf Club in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; and Mediate will endorse the Broadmoor Golf Course in Colorado Springs.

Steve Loy, president of Gaylord Sports, wouldn't reveal the value of the deals. But he said the agreements include secondary logos of the golf course on the player bags and apparel, as well as personal appearances and print advertising.

Liz Mullen can be reached at lmullen@amcity.com.

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