Roger Montgomery (sports agent)

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Roger Montgomery (born 1970) is an American sports agent and former professional basketball player. He is the current CEO of Montgomery Sports Group. As a sports agent, Montgomery has represented basketball players in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and international leagues.

Early life[edit]

Born in Chicago, Montgomery graduated in 1988 from Fairfax High School in Los Angeles.[1] He was part of the top-seeded Fairfax team that was Southern California Regional Division I runner-up in 1987.[2] In 1988, Montgomery's senior year, Fairfax was the Los Angeles 4-A Division champion.[3]

College career[edit]

Montgomery first enrolled at Pratt Community College in Kansas. In 1991, he signed with Georgia Southern University[4] but transferred to Life University, an NAIA school, the next season. Montgomery transferred because he was not included in the starting roster at Georgia Southern.[5] At Life, Montgomery was an NAIA Academic All-American and graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business.[6]

Professional career[edit]

Basketball player[edit]

After graduating from Life University, Montgomery became operations assistant for the Houston Rockets basketball team.[7] When a two-month lockout began in July 1995, Montgomery played professional basketball overseas briefly in Switzerland, France, Finland, and Poland for three seasons.[6][8] In the 1997 1998 season, he played in Tapiolan Honka of the Finnish league Korisliiga.[9][10] He ended his career with Noteć Inowrocław of the Polish Basketball League.[11]

Sports agent[edit]

After his playing career ended, Montgomery co-founded Momentum Sports Management in San Antonio, Texas in 1999.[7][8] At Momentum, Montgomery represented and trained Maurice Evans, who played college basketball at Wichita State and Texas before joining the NBA as an undrafted free agent. Explaining Momentum's approach, Montgomery told the San Antonio Express-News: "We focus on the transition from high school or college sports to the professional level."[12] Momentum also represented Desmond Mason, the 17th pick in the first round of the 2000 NBA Draft.[13]

Montgomery founded his own agency, Montgomery Sports Group, in 2006.[6] He represented another undrafted player who would eventually become an asset to a team, Jeremy Lin. Montgomery hoped that Lin would be a first-round draft pick, but Lin was not selected in the 2010 NBA Draft. Lin entered the NBA as a free agent and was cut by two teams before the New York Knicks signed him, and Lin became one of the leading players with the Knicks.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rosenberg, Scott (January 1, 1987). "Fairfax Has the Horses in City Title Race". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 10, 2012.  As of the 1986–87 school year, Montgomery was a junior at Fairfax.
  2. ^ Howard-Cooper, Scott (March 15, 1987). "Fairfax Goes Ice Cold; Mater Dei Goes North". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 10, 2012. 
  3. ^ Fleischman, Steven (February 18, 1988). "Cleveland Loses Game to Taft and a Title to Fairfax". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 10, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Michigan wins big in high school recruiting battle". USA Today. May 16, 1991. p. 8C.  Retrieved March 10, 2012 via LexisNexis.
  5. ^ Clayton, Ward (January 2, 1993). "Heated side to Augusta-Georgia Southern Rivalry". The Augusta Chronicle. 
  6. ^ a b c "About Roger Montgomery". Montgomery Sports Group. Retrieved March 10, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Williams, Van (June 24, 2001). "Evans likes his position". The Wichita Eagle. Archived from the original on November 2, 2001. 
  8. ^ a b Kennedy, Alex (February 17, 2012). "Roger Montgomery Making a Name For Himself". HoopsWorld. Retrieved March 10, 2012. 
  9. ^ http://www.acb.com/jugador.php?id=AYR
  10. ^ http://www.proexposure.com/transarchive.cfm
  11. ^ "Roger Montgomery". Eurobasket.com. Retrieved March 10, 2012. 
  12. ^ Finger, Mike (July 10, 2001). "Momentum gaining for S.A. sports agent". San Antonio Express-News. p. 1C.  Retrieved March 10, 2012 via LexisNexis.
  13. ^ a b "After Backing a Dark Horse, Lin’s Agent Is Riding High". The New York Times. March 9, 2012. p. D5. Retrieved March 10, 2012.