Shelvin Mack’s agent selection process was fun to watch. On May 9, 2011, I noted that he had narrowed the agencies down to three: Octagon, The Neustadt Group, andASM Sports. Each group had plans to visit Mack and his family in Louisville, Kentucky. One week later, and Mack has made his decision. He will be represented by Doug Neustadt of The Neustadt Group leading up to the 2011 NBA Draft.
Neustadt emerged victorious even though he was up against two juggernauts for the right to represent Mack. ASM recently took a blow in the New York Times, which was probably brought up by Neustadt and Octagon in discussions with Mack and his family. But Neustadt, the former Octagon employee, was able to beat out his former boss when it mattered most. Along with Mack, Neustadt is representing Chris Wright, who just finished his senior season at Georgetown.
Mack and Wright are joined by Steve Novak, Boras Diaw, and Jonas Jerebko as Neustadt clients. Compare that to Octagon’s laundry list that includes Rudy Gay, Kirk Hinrich, Wesley Matthews, Stephen Curry, and Landry Fields. Victory for Neustadt.