About




Elevation is a boutique basketball sports agency, formed from a combination of global basketball people who through their experience and unique insight offers its clients a service that is second to none.

ELEVATION BASKETBALL AGENCY ADVANTAGES:

  • Experience from all aspects of basketball
  • Long understanding and experience in sports business
  • Unique and lateral negotiating skills
  • Global relationships with team and league executives
  • Boutique firm built on experience, honesty, drive and passion

Services




EBA understands that each athlete has a unique process and pathway that must be guided and created to succeed in their future. The EBA range of services, lateral basketball experience, and business acumen offer our clients a unique strategic footprint to follow in order to excel in their career.

EBA provide the following services to our clients

  • Global Transition Assistance
  • Expert League Advice
  • Goal Setting
  • Agents Situated Globally
  • Career Pathway Strategy
  • Wealth Creation, Tax and Budgeting
  • Contract Negotiation
  • Expert NBA guidance through our partner I AM SPORTS



Staff

Greg Javardian

President

Greg Javardian has worked in basketball scouting for the past six years for a professional scouting and consulting company which has several NBA clients. Greg also has a background in sports law and sports management. Greg previously worked at I AM Sports & Entertainment, a basketball agency based out of out California where he worked closely with several NBA players. Greg’s responsibilities at Elevation include recruiting, contract negotiation and marketing services to our athletes. Given his extensive scouting background, Greg knows basketball. He is perfectly situated to understand what is required of a player both within the NBA and internationally.

Robert White

VP International Basketball

Rob White is the VP of International basketball at the Elevation team. Rob is a former journalist turned professional scout turned agent. Published by the NBA, FIBA and The Guardian, among other global publications, he has an extensive background in international junior basketball and European competitions. Rob’s responsibilities include recruiting and player liaison within Europe. Currently Rob represents players throughout Europe. Based in Germany, Rob is perfectly placed to evaluate some of the world’s strongest professional leagues and establish opportunities for athletes looking to compete in European competition.

Michael Oakes

VP Basketball to Agent to Australia

Michael Oakes is the VP of basketball at the Elevation team. Holding certifications with both the National Basketball Player Association (NBPA) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and extensive study in the sports management field having completed his Ba. Sports Management and MBA, Michael is experienced and equipped to handle athletes at all levels. Michael’s responsibilities include recruiting, contract negotiation and marketing services to our athletes. Currently Michael represents players in the United States, Europe and Asia Pacific.

Born and raised in Australia, Michael graduated Monash and Deakin Universities, before embarking on a career as an agent. Starting and operating a successful agency in Australia for several years in 2013 Michael made the transition to the United States where he now lives with his wife.

Ruben Lopez

Agent to Spain

Ruben is a former pro player in Spain and has been an agent for over 8 years. Since then Ruben has represented some of the best players in Spanish basketball including several current stars in ACB and EuroLeague. Having played with many of the current Spanish GM’s and Coaches, Ruben has a personal relationship with these teams and this helps gain players contracts and also develop with the feedback from the teams. Currently based in Barcelona, Spain, Ruben studied Tourism whilst playing professional basketball prior to becoming an agent.

Yann Balikouzou

Agent to France / Belgium

Yann is a former pro player in France and Germany, and started his agent career in 2009. Since then, Yann has negotiated contracts for players in 17 different leagues in Europe. Yann has a great relationship with team executives, and a great knowledge of the reality of the market. Yann also has a masters degree in Sport's Law from Université Panthéon-La Sorbonne in Paris.

Seckin Celiktel

Agent to Turkey

Seckin is a former 12 year player and 4 year coach in Turkey. Since then Seckin has started as an agent and has placed many top players in Turkey. Born and currently living in Ankara, Seckin has studied business administration in Ankara University, Political Science Faculty and Master degree in Commercial Law also in Ankara University.

Athletes

Media

Exclusive NBA Partnership Announcement

Elevation Basketball Agency in association with I AM SPORTS are excited to announce an exclusive global partnership. I AM SPORTS based in Agoura Hills, CA is one of the leading sports and entertainment agencies in the world. A boutique firm, I AM SPORTS represents several NBA stars including: Zach Randolph, D.J. Augustin, Caron Butler, Al-Farouq Aminu, Tony Allen, Ben Gordon, and Jerian Grant.

Our new partnership will see top international talent from Elevation Basketball Agency transition to the NBA with the backing of I AM SPORTS, and also see I AM SPORTS clients transition to the top international leagues through Elevation Basketball Agency.

Read all about I AM SPORTS here.

Italian Partnership Announcement with Starting Five Agency.

Elevation Basketball Agency are excited to announce a new partnership for the 2016/17 basketball season with Italian agency Starting Five. Former SportLab representative Domenico Pezzella is heading the Starting Five agency and EBA look forward to working with Domenico’s experience to assist our players in the lucrative Italian market.

Announcement of Turkish Office

Elevation Basketball Agency are excited to announce the opening of our Turkish office in the capital Ankara. Leading this office will be former player, coach and current agent – Seckin Celiktel. Seckins assistance will be invaluable in placing players into the lucrative and highly competitive Turkish leagues and we look forward to working with Seckin for years to come. We welcome Seckin to the team.

Announcement of Spanish Office.

Elevation Basketball Agency are excited to announce the opening of our Spanish office. Our agent in Spain, Ruben Lopez is a very experienced agent with a distinguished pro career and a large number of players he is dedicated to over the 4 Spanish divisions. We look forward to having Ruben on board and look forward to working together for years to come.

Announcement of French Office.

Elevation Basketball Agency are excited to announce the opening of our French office. Running our French office will be former pro player and experienced agent Yann Babb. Yann has many current top players that he looks after including EuroLeague and EuroCup stars, Yann will also be assisting in placing EBA players in Belgium as well. We welcome Yann to the team.

Announcement of Australian Office.

Elevation Basketball Agency are excited to announce the opening of our Australian office. Running our Australian office will be Michael Oakes who is an experienced agent having assisted players navigate the NBA, top European leagues and of course his native Australian leagues. We welcome Michael to the team.

Press release on Jeffrey Solarin

Elevation Basketball Agency are proud to announce the signing of Jeff Solarin. Jeff is currently signed to Zaragoza in Spain. A graduate of NCAA D1 Idaho State, Jeff is a 6”6 forward who holds both Nigerian and US passports. We welcome Jeff to the agency and look forward to working with him and assisting him in establishing his European basketball career.

Press release on Michael Vigor

Elevation Basketball Agency are rpoud to announce the signing of Michael Vigor. Michael is currently signed to Plymouth Raiders in UK BBL. Michael is an 6”9 Pwr Fwd / Centre Australian who came through the Perth Wildcats (Aus 1) development system before embarking on a European career. Michael holds both Australian and UK passports and we look forward to working with him and assisting him in establishing his European basketball career.

Contact

Elevation Basketball Agency

US Office – Philadelphia:

Phone: 267 549 5262
Email: gjavardian@elevationba.com