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Emoni Bates signs with agent

Emoni Bates, the Memphis freshman forward and reigning Gatorade National Player of the Year, has partnered with Raymond Brothers and Roc Nation Sports to help navigate his Name, Image and Likeness commitments. The 6-foot-9 Michigan native reclassified to the Class of 2021 from 2022 and signed with Memphis and coach Penny Hardaway last month. “I’m excited to partner with genuine people,” Bates said. “It’s go time Raymond! Let’s blend our opportunities and relationships.”

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CAA Sports Basketball Division has officially announced the signing of junior Davion Mitchell from Baylor University who will be joining their 2021 NBA Draft Class. The 6’2″, 205-pound Guard is from Hinesville, Georgia where he attended Liberty County High School and competed under Coach Julian Stokes Prior to attending college, Mitchell was ranked a four-star recruit coming out of high school and was ranked No. 33 nationally by 247 sports, while competing for Coach Julian Stokes at Liberty County High School, leading the Panthers to their first Georgia 4A State Championship during the 2015-16 season.

Par-Lay Sports & Entertainment, the agency founded by Christian Dawkins, the former runner at the center of the college basketball scandal, has formed a joint venture with veteran NBA agent Wallace Prather and has signed G League power forward Isaiah Todd for representation in the NBA draft. Todd, who is 6 feet, 10 inches tall, is one of several players on the G League’s Ignite, a special team for young talented basketball players who decided to forgo college and who are expected to be drafted this July. He is viewed as a late first-round or early second-round prospect and was ranked No. 38 overall on website nbadraft.net’s mock draft last week. Prather and Steve Haney, Dawkins’ attorney, who recently became a National Basketball Players Association-certified agent, are representing Todd.

CAA Sports has signed NBA G League Ignite combo guard Jalen Green, one of the most anticipated NBA draft prospects in years, for representation in all areas. Green could be the most high-profile player to come out of the G League’s enhanced program for elite prospects. A team of agents led by CAA Basketball agents Drew Morrison, Aaron Mintz, Lisa Joseph-Metelus, Erika Ruiz and Lloyd Frischer are representing him. He was formerly reportedly represented by Goodwin Sports Management.

ISE is also representing Killian Hayes, a France native who plays guard for the Ratiopharm Ulm team in the Basketball Bundesliga league and is a projected lottery pick. Bauman and agent Yann Balikouzou are representing Hayes. The NBA draft will be held Oct. 16, and Cassius Stanley is projected to go anywhere from the middle first round to early second round, based on mock drafts. Bauman thinks Cassius is a first-round pick. “I believe Cassius’ combination of athleticism, dunking ability, basketball IQ and his excellent personality will lead him to become a future NBA All-Star,” Bauman said.

Roc Nation Sports has signed a large class of highly regarded NBA draft prospects, including point guard LaMelo Ball, a projected top-five pick. The agency recently signed Ball’s brother, New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball, away from CAA Sports. Roc Nation NBA agent Raymond Brothers is representing both of the Ball brothers. LaMelo Ball, who played last season in Australia on the Illawarra Hawks of the National Basketball League, is ranked No. 3 overall by website nbadraft.net. Brothers is also representing No. 12-ranked Memphis forward Precious Achiuwa.

Roc Nation signed Texas Tech guard Jahmi’us Ramsey, who is ranked No. 24: Washington power forward/center Isaiah Stewart, who is ranked No. 26; and Kentucky guard Immanuel Quickley, who is ranked No. 35 by nbadraft.net. Additionally, Roc Nation signed Temple forward Quinton Rose, American University guard Sa’eed Nelson and Indiana guard Devonte Green, brother of Los Angeles Lakers guard/forward Danny Green. Agents Brothers, Drew Gross and Sam Permut are representing the players.

Tandem Sports + Entertainment has signed Northwestern guard Pat Spencer for representation in the NBA draft. Matt Laczkowski, Tandem director of athlete and talent representation, is representing Spencer, who transferred to Northwestern after playing lacrosse for four seasons at Loyola-Maryland. Spencer was drafted No. 1 in the 2019 Premier Lacrosse League draft, but chose to spend the next year pursuing basketball as a graduate transfer at Northwestern.

Wells had been an Atlanta-area NBA agent going back more than a decade, representing players like Dale Davis and Ramon Sessions. But his certification with the NBPA lapsed. Through his friend Anderson, Wells got involved with Williamson’s AAU team, SC Supreme, and the plan had been to have him recertify as an agent and represent Williamson. But when that plan fell through this spring, Williamson did not have an official agent and top agencies across the country piled into the process. Among those were Creative Artists Agency, Roc Nation, Klutch Sports and BDA Sports.
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