Finding an agent in the hoops world is a question that comes up frequently, and understandably so. It’s not as simple as just stumbling upon one. If an agent hasn’t actively sought you out, it can feel like a daunting task to secure representation.

One of the most effective methods, and perhaps the easiest, is through what I like to call the “Friend Vouching.” Essentially, this means leveraging connections within the basketball world to get your foot in the door. For instance, agents often acquire new clients through referrals from existing players. Let’s say you’re in the market for a new agent. You chat with a fellow player who praises their own agent. You ask for an introduction, your friend talks you up to the agent, and voila! You’re on their radar.

This “Friend Vouching” strategy isn’t limited to players who already have representation. In fact, it’s applicable to anyone looking to break into the scene. The basketball community is tight-knit, and chances are you know someone who’s either played overseas or is currently doing so. Don’t hesitate to reach out to your baller buddies and let them know you’re in the market for an agent. Humility goes a long way here. Of course, it helps if you’ve got the skills to back it up. No one wants to vouch for someone who can’t hold their own on the court.

However, keep in mind that if your friend plays the same position as you, they might be hesitant to refer you. After all, it could mean more competition for gigs within their agency. You might never know if your friend actually put in a good word for you, but it’s worth a shot.

While having someone vouch for you is the simplest route, it’s not the only one. If you’re hungry for more tips and tricks, feel free to reach out!

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