HoopsHype CAA rumors

August 2, 2010 Updates

That appears to have changed, as Wesley’s ties to Creative Artists Agency, which is making a push to get into college sports, have become more formal. And with that new role, the question about Wesley on the recruiting trail this summer has changed. Now that he has more formal ties to C.A.A. coaching clients like Kentucky’s John Calipari, Auburn’s Tony Barbee and Rutgers’s Mike Rice, many are wondering if Wesley’s ability to engage with top recruits will become more limited. During a summer when agent issues have provided the dominant story line in college football, Wesley’s new role has generated some buzz on the summer basketball circuit. “I really don’t know if there’s an issue yet,” Georgia Coach Mark Fox said of Wesley’s role with C.A.A. “But you can see the potential for one.” New York Times

Barbee and Rice, who are entering their first seasons with new programs, said Wesley was not their agent. But both said Wesley was affiliated with C.A.A.; Barbee said he was a “consultant,” and Rice said he was “connected with C.A.A.” The N.C.A.A. would not comment specifically on Wesley, but the enforcement director LuAnn Humphrey said that someone in a role like his would be limited. “N.C.A.A. rules specifically limit the people who are allowed to recruit on behalf of our institutions,” Humphrey said. “Therefore, the use of agents in the recruiting process would violate our rules.” New York Times

He said his agent with C.A.A. was Terry Prince, who worked on his Rutgers contract. At the same time, he acknowledged Wesley’s expertise as part of the C.A.A. package. “I BBM him every once in a while,” Rice said of communicating with Wesley via BlackBerry Messenger. “We talk and certainly have a relationship and a communication line of how things are going. Basically, that’s what we do.” He dismissed the notion that he went to C.A.A. because Wesley could jump-start his recruiting. “Again, I know he works and does things in some capacity for C.A.A.,” Rice said. “My assistant coaches and I are pretty much in charge of our recruiting.” New York Times

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