28 episodes

My family has worked in the NBA since before I was born, and although I initially didn't have a choice whether I was around basketball, I fell in love and committed to the game early in my life. I grew up as a player, coached for a professional team in Europe, and served as an agent for over a decade, where I represented players in the NBA and worldwide. I'm now an NBA Draft Analyst, media member, scout, and advisor to various people and entities operating within basketball. I have seen the game from many angles, and I guess you could say I'm a basketball lifer. My name is Matt Babcock, and this is my life in basketball. Join me as I share thoughts, stories, and opinions as I continue to explore everything the game has to offer.

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My family has worked in the NBA since before I was born, and although I initially didn't have a choice whether I was around basketball, I fell in love and committed to the game early in my life. I grew up as a player, coached for a professional team in Europe, and served as an agent for over a decade, where I represented players in the NBA and worldwide. I'm now an NBA Draft Analyst, media member, scout, and advisor to various people and entities operating within basketball. I have seen the game from many angles, and I guess you could say I'm a basketball lifer. My name is Matt Babcock, and this is my life in basketball. Join me as I share thoughts, stories, and opinions as I continue to explore everything the game has to offer.

    USA Basketball

    USA Basketball

    Over the past couple weeks, I’ve had the amazing opportunity to attend two mini-camps held by USA basketball. I got to see young stars from the U16 and U19 teams that have some serious talent. For a lot of these young players, it is their first opportunity to represent their country. For myself, it is a great chance to see some of the country’s top prospects in a competitive setting. Listen in to hear about some of the players that caught my eye from both of these squads. I wouldn’t be surprised if a handful of these guys ended up in the NBA. 
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    • 7 min
    Draft Decisions

    Draft Decisions

    The draft combine just wrapped up and the NCAA early entry withdrawal deadline is just around the corner so there are some big decisions that need to be made by these young NBA hopefuls. Should you stay in school or go pro? With the way contracts are broken down, if you are projected in the first round then it is a reasonable decision to stay in the draft. There is definitely a greater financial risk if you are drafted in the second round as contracts are fully negotiable and you are missing out on potential NIL compensation that you could receive if you return to college.
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    • 8 min
    NBA Draft Combine

    NBA Draft Combine

    I'm currently in Chicago at the NBA Draft Combine. This is a familiar setting and I remember being back in high school when I worked here as a volunteer. The combine has definitely changed since then but I still remember some of the great relationships I forged through this event. The 2003 combine stands out for me as I remember watching players like Luke Walton, James Jones and Kendrick Perkins. Also, listen in to hear my 2015 Draft Combine experience when I represented Jordan Mickey as his agent. I'm thankful that I can reflect on all these experiences and still be able to work in the industry I love after all these years.
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    • 10 min
    Get in the Trenches

    Get in the Trenches

    In 2009, I saw my first success by recruiting a star player from the University of Kentucky named Jodie Meeks. That summer our agency also represented Ron Artest! Listen in to hear everything that happened behind the scenes and how I became more involved working with Ron. My role evolved and I began looking for new clients for the agency. The second player I brought to the agency was Samardo Samuels and I was very hands on with him through the pre-draft process and leading up to draft night. What a crazy learning experience! 
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    • 15 min
    Pre Draft Process

    Pre Draft Process

    Many kids dream to play in the NBA and in a couple months this will become a reality. Let’s talk about what happens behind the scenes in the months leading up to the draft. Prospects look to boost their stock through the draft combine, team interviews and on-court workouts. This is when analysts and scouts really try to gain as much intel as possible. The more information you have the better! 
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    • 7 min
    Coming Into My Own

    Coming Into My Own

    The world of a sports agent isn't for everyone. The year was 2009 when I started to come into my own. Bouncing from one big agency to another can be exhausting. I finally caught my first break when I brought Jodie Meeks to DB hoops. After that signing, I gained both the confidence and skill to take my career to the next level.
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    • 7 min

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