SBJ/June 13-19, 2011/Labor and Agents

Boras stays atop MLB draft, while Legacy has a big first round

Liz Mullen
For the third year in a row, agent Scott Boras was the adviser to the No. 1 overall pick in the Major League Baseball draft, which was held last week. Boras also tied for advising the most first-round picks in this year’s draft.

Boras and his Newport Beach, Calif.-based Scott Boras Corp. advise right-handed UCLA pitcher Gerrit Cole, selected No. 1 overall by the Pittsburgh Pirates. He also advised outfielder Bryce Harper, the No. 1 pick last year, and 2009 No. 1 pick Stephen Strasburg, both drafted by the Washington Nationals.

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Scott Boras advises No. 1 pick Gerrit Cole, the third top selection in a row for Boras.
Boras is advising four other 2011 first-round picks: outfielder Bubba Starling (No. 5 / Kansas high school), third baseman Anthony Rendon (No. 6 / Rice), left-handed pitcher Chris Reed (No. 16 / Stanford) and right-handed pitcher Alex Meyer (No. 23 / Kentucky). Additionally, Boras is advising supplemental first-round picks Brian Goodwin (No. 34 / Miami Dade C.C.), Zach Cone (No. 37 / Georgia) and Jackie Bradley (No. 40 / South Carolina), each of whom is an outfielder.

Legacy Sports Group had a big MLB draft as well, also advising five first-round picks: outfielder George Springer (No. 11 / UConn), left-handed pitcher Jed Bradley (No. 15 / Georgia Tech), left-handed pitcher Tyler Anderson (No. 20 / Oregon), right-handed pitcher Taylor Guerrieri (No. 24 / South Carolina high school) and catcher Blake Swihart (No. 26 / New Mexico high school). Additionally, Legacy, which is also based in Newport Beach, advises supplemental first-round picks outfielder Keenyn Walker (No. 47 / Central Arizona College) and third baseman Travis Harrison (No. 50 / California high school).

CAA SIGNS STUCKEY: CAA Sports has signed Detroit Pistons point guard Rodney Stuckey, who is scheduled to be a free agent this summer. He will be repped by a team of agents led by Leon Rose.

NBA PROSPECTS, PART 1: BDA Sports has signed a number of prospects for this year’s NBA draft, including Washington State guard Klay Thompson.

Additionally, BDA has signed Florida State forward Chris Singleton, USC center Nikola Vucevic and Purdue forward JaJuan Johnson. NBADraft.net projects Thompson as the No. 15 pick in the draft, with Singleton No. 17, Johnson No. 31 and Vucevic No. 40.

There’s an interesting connection between Thompson and BDA founder and agent Bill Duffy. Thompson’s father, Mychal, was a teammate of Duffy’s at the University of Minnesota. Mychal Thompson went on to be the No. 1 pick in the 1978 NBA draft.

NBA PROSPECTS, PART 2: Wasserman Media Group also has signed some NBA draft prospects, including Texas guard/forward Jordan Hamilton. Los Angeles-based WMG also is representing Morehead State forward Kenneth Faried, Georgia forward Trey Thompkins, Duke forward Kyle Singler, Syracuse forward Rick Jackson and Jeremy Tyler, a forward who bypassed his senior year of high school in California in favor of playing professionally overseas the past two seasons. NBADraft.net projects Hamilton as pick No. 20 in the draft, Faried No. 22, Thompkins No. 25, Tyler No. 28, Singler No. 29 and Jackson No. 50.

NBA PROSPECTS, PART 3: Priority Sports & Entertainment signed Florida forward Chandler Parsons. Additionally, Priority signed Wisconsin forward Jon Leuer, Boston College guard Reggie Jackson, Purdue guard E’twaun Moore and San Diego State forward Malcolm Thomas. NBADraft.net projects the players to be drafted in the second round, with Parsons No. 32, Leuer No. 34, Jackson No. 39, Moore No. 44 and Thomas No. 52.

The players will be represented by Priority agents Mark Bartelstein, Aaron Mintz, Reggie Brown and Brad Ames.
Mintz said he believes the players may surprise some draft analysts.

“Every year for the last six years, we have had at least one guy be a surprise first-round pick,” Mintz said. “We feel at least a couple this year will hear their names called in the first round.” n

Liz Mullen can be reached at lmullen@sportsbusinessjournal.com. Follow her on Twitter @SBJLizMullen.

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