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.

What is a mentor?

A mentor provides lifestyle support and advice. The mentor is not an agent or a coach: he/she will look after the player’s best interests and personal development only. He/she will help players to manage their commitments (e.g. sport, studies and/or work) and encourage them to develop as a confident and organised individual.

He/she is usually a retired basketball player that achieved the highest level. He/she understands the complexity of a professional basketball career and can guide players to achieve success. The mentor works with players to consider schedules, demands and to identify potential challenges and how these may be resolved. A dual career can be stressful; your mentor can work with you to help sporting and non-sporting commitments work together rather than against each other.