Sorry part two of my definitions of a professional basketball agent is a week late :(. I have been a little bit busy with new plans and additions to this website.
How to avoid being scammed by a basketball agent?
During the late part of June a player contacted me about a country where they had received an offer to play this season. The player wanted to confirm this because it came between deciding to quit a current steady job to play overseas. The player had to make decisions pretty fast. So I acted as fast as I could because I had a reliable contact in that country they inquired about. Well I informed the player that I would check if that basketball offer that was received actually true. My contact came back saying that the team had no plans on signing an American of that type. So I said hmm, let me check again. So I tried to contact again during my trip overseas and they in fact signed a player from the home country. During all of my checking and asking my contacts, the player contacted me again asking if it seemed right that this would happen. The agent that was working for them wanted a fast decision and had a contract ready for them to sign with an actual team. The player at this time was a bit frantic as anyone would be when you have to decide to quit a steady job and take a risk to play overseas that is not always guaranteed.
So the player was smart and contacted another player that this agent was representing to see what this agent was all about. The player was told by the other person that the same thing had happened to them. Now this seems a bit odd, but very sketchy. After little more investigating and calling around the player found that this agent was in fact a scam artist of some sort. The agent wrote up their own contracts and made the players to believe that they were going to play overseas. The player did not like this and took action by reporting the agent to the IRS and other reputable companies in that state in the USA.
I hate to see this happen because I don’t think its fair that anyone should be taken advantage of in this manner. But this player did not back up and took action so that it would NOT happen to others. This story is the inspiration from that player’s story and first bad experience of basketball agents. I wouldn’t want this to happen to anyone and therefore if anyone knows of any agents that have scammed you please write in the comments your story or the company so that other players can avoid this.
I would appreciate truth and honesty because it wouldn’t be nice to call out people just because you didn’t get a particular job. But any agents that have scammed you, took your money or so forth please post it below. It is appreciated!!
Until next time, I hope to post a very positive agent story 🙂
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Name of the agent.
I will give them name soon.
PJ Hoops Enterprise
Phillip P. Jackson
If that is his real name.
Ratiomir Petric will charge you a 200 usd finders fee dont mess with him
I attended this academy in October 2014 and I am very happy with Srdjan Premovic and his academy I got a job in Romania and I can recommend this academy to everyone. Players with no level should not be entering this academy.
I need to know if this agent is a fake.. My bf received as Facebook message from someone named Allan Scott who claimed to be a scout who asked him to play in China on a team called Jiangsu tongxi… The agent name was Donald Ford? Help please!!
I will have to do a bit more research but have you looked up the team name? If so, try to contact them directly to be sure. If they are asking for some type of payment stay away..
Trying to see if anyone has background on a Corey Edmondson or Shasta Scott? Shasta runs Sims Basketball and Corey reached out to me about possible jobs in Chile, South America, New Zealand and others. Wanted to see if anyone has heard of them or worked with them? They have a site at http://www.sims-basketball.com that I’ve been through a couple times to check them out. Help and thank you!
SOS! My fiancée was contacted in May to go play for that Chinese team mentioned in the post above, jangsui Tongxi! They asked for money via western union. The team was supposed to reimburse him. The travel agent asked for more money for a visa and other documents to get to the sports ministry etc. he didn’t give more money, but they have contacted him again with a new offer. The team is real but I can’t find any email contact info on the website. Please please please help!!!!
Sorry, I forgot to mention that the agents name is Christian Foxx and uses an email address ending in basketballhoops.com
He also received his first contract from “the team” the coach was the sender
Just like in any industry, there are good agents and there are bad agents. I know its difficult to do but you have to try to do as much research as possible. If anyone ever have any questions about the process, reach out to imgllo.com. It is an international basketball agency but has resources on overseas basketball.