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About to head home to Wilmington, N.C., after playing just 11 games in his freshman season, Wake Forest’s Ty Walker was finishing up the spring semester when a message appeared on his Facebook page to add a friend.
The “friend” was an agent.
John Domantay, who is based in the Bay Area and represents struggling journeymen such as Korleone Young and Cory Hightower, was reaching out to a 19-year-old who scored a grand total of 10 points during his freshman season.
Ty Walker took a total of 14 shots as a freshman.
Nevertheless, he is on the radar of agents.
“He said that I have the potential to be in the NBA,” said Walker, a 7-foot center who had hype coming out of high school but was stuck in a numbers game last season. “As soon as I got it, I gave the contact information to coach [Dino] Gaudio. [Domantay] was trying to get me caught up in a whole situation.”
But under NCAA and NBA Players Association rules, Domantay wasn’t doing anything illicit. Agents are free to contact players in high school or in college through social networking sites, on the phone or in person. As long as there is no written agreement or money exchanged, an agent or a representative of an agent can form a relationship with a player, his family and/or his handlers.
“It’s not breaking the rules,” Domantay said. “You’re just building a relationship with a potential client down the road.”
Welcome to the new normal in amateur basketball.
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