UNC's Marshall, Zeller choose agents

April, 11, 2012
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North Carolina point guard Kendall Marshall, who opted to leave school early for the NBA draft, has chosen Octagon to represent him, his father told insidenova.com.

Meanwhile, senior forward Tyler Zeller has hired Jeff Schwartz of Excel Sports Management as his agent, a UNC team spokesman said Wednesday.

Dennis Marshall told the website that the family chose Virginia-based Octagon because it is a local company that represents only about a dozen other NBA players.
“Their client list is comparable to Kendall’s personality,” Dennis Marshall told insidenova.com. “They are going to provide a lot of personal attention and be very smart about the process and Kendall’s career.”

Marshall said his son, the Bob Cousy award winner who missed UNC’s final two NCAA tournament games because of a fractured wrist, will finish classes in early May. Then he will train with Tim Grover in Chicago and John Lucas in Houston before attending the NBA pre-draft camp in Chicago in early June. The sophomore is currently projected as a lottery pick.

Zeller, the ACC Player of the Year, is also projected to go in the lottery. By choosing Schwartz and Excel, the senior 7-footer joins a firm that also represents former Tar Heel stars Jerry Stackhouse and Tyler Hansbrough -- as well as Zeller's older brother, Luke.

Junior forward John Henson, the two-time ACC Defensive Player of the Year who also opted to leave early for the NBA, has not yet chosen an agent, his father Matt wrote in an email Wednesday -- but he expects that decision will be made in the next seven days. Sophomore wing Harrison Barnes also has not yet publicly named an agent.

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