Rich Paul's success as an NBA agent is well-chronicled. He represents some of the best athletes in the league due to the fact that he snatches them up so fast coming out of college.
Some of his clients include Anthony Davis, Draymond Green, John Wall, Ben Simmons and, of course, LeBron James.
His success is so far-reaching that the NCAA literally changed the criteria for who can become an agent trying to represent student athletes entering the draft.
Sources: The NCAA has officially added criteria for agents who wish to represent student athletes testing the waters for the NBA Draft.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) August 6, 2019
- Bachelor's Degree
- Certified with NBPA for a minimum of three years
- Take an in-person exam at the NCAA Office in Indianapolis
The most obvious dig at Paul is the requirement of a bachelor's degree. The NBA super-agent notably doesn't have one. He found success by graduating from high school, befriending superstar LeBron James, and working from there.
This does nothing but prevent those with less experience from making their way up in the world. While a Bachelor's Degree isn't an outlandish request, having to be NBPA certified for three years AND going to the NCAA office in Indianapolis to take a test is a little excessive.
smh. Theyre really trying to stop the future rich Paul.— Taylor Rooks (@TaylorRooks) August 6, 2019
This also stops opportunity for those who need it. Obvi student athletes should receive representation from those qualified. But this criteria doesn’t mean you’re going to be better than others. Just that you have the means https://t.co/8dzQjLZDOc
Paul should be both frustrated and flattered by this. He's done so well at his job that he forced the NCAA to change their rules in regards to student-athlete representation, which is pretty absurd when you think about it.