Who is here to help advance my career?
Key Learnings
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Take the decision to work with an agent very seriously because you are deciding to let someone act on your behalf.
Ensure your agent has certification from FIBA to work within International basketball as an agent.
Use different representatives (agent, financial advisor, and lawyer) for different parts of your personal and professional affairs.
Remember that the reputation you build at the early stages of your career will impact how marketable you are when you are playing at higher levels.
Build good relationships with your sponsors to increase the chances of renewing your contract.
A mentor looks after the player’s best interests and personal development only.
Family plays a paramount role in the development of a player; however, they do not understand the specificities of the game, and, most of the time, they will not understand what is happening in your head.
Parents are primarily responsible for the overall evolution of the athlete as a person.

Agent’s must haves

While an agent can help take your mind off the administrative and logistical details of life off-the-court, you don’t want to surrender all control to your agent. Remember, you are in charge of your career and you are ultimately responsible for overseeing your “business” as an athlete.

Selecting an agent will depend on your needs as an athlete and your personal preferences for the player-agent relationship. However, there are some universal details that any athlete should require of his or her agent.

An agent must have:

  • Certification from FIBA to work within International basketball as an agent
    There is a formal application and testing process for all agents in FIBA. Information about the certification process can be found here. A list of all certified FIBA agents can be found here.
  • A solid understanding of basketball and the professional market
    It’s important that your agent can adequately measure your worth, know “who’s who” when pursuing new job opportunities for you and understands the demands of your schedule (practice, training, travel, etc.).
  • A reputation for honesty, reliability and professionalism
    Many sports organisations and countries do not require any official credential, license, or minimum level of education to work as a sports agent. FIBA’s agent certification process screens agents for any criminal background or adverse litigation. However, it is still a good idea to ask your teammates, coaches, and basketball veterans for their opinion about a prospective agent.

To make sure your agent has these must haves, you can:

  • Consult your national federation, your coach, teammates, and other basketball professionals to see what other people you trust think of particular agents.
  • Conduct an internet search and/or background check on a prospective agent and confirm with FIBA to see if any legal action has been taken against him or her by sending an email to: agents@fiba.basketball.
  • Ask prospective agents to supply you with proof of educational degrees, credentials or licenses that may be relevant to the business and legal aspects of contract negotiation, athlete management, etc.