Matt Babcock is the Senior NBA Draft Analyst for BasketballNews.com and oversees the day-to-day operations of the draft page of the site. He is also responsible for managing the site's scouting and talent evaluation of prospects at various levels.
Before joining BasketballNews.com, Matt served as a contributor to various credible media outlets, including Sports Illustrated and CBS Sports. Before becoming a media member, Matt was a certified NBPA and FIBA agent and accumulated more than ten years of experience in the sports management industry, working for several agencies, including Wasserman Media Group and Excel Sports Management, among others. Through his experience as an agent, he was exposed to basketball's inner workings, providing him with an array of knowledge about the business behind the game.
Matt has worked with many professional basketball players, ranging from NBA superstars to EuroLeague players to young prospects looking to build careers internationally. In 2015, he negotiated the most lucrative contract for a second-round draft pick in NBA history at that time; it was the largest fully-negotiated deal for an NBA draft pick since 1995.
Aside from Matt's experience as an agent and media member, he also brings first-hand experience as a former basketball player and coach. He was a standout player at George Walton High School in Marietta, Georgia. In addition, he was a member of the basketball teams at Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City, Florida, and the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. He also spent one season as an assistant coach for Virtus Bologna, a professional basketball team in Bologna, Italy.
Along with Matt's professional experience, he also grew up in a "basketball family." He learned the game from his father, Dave Babcock, the Director of Player Personnel for the Milwaukee Bucks, and his two uncles, Pete and Rob Babcock, are former NBA general managers. In addition, his two cousins, Chris and Nate Babcock, hold positions within the Philadelphia 76ers and Denver Nuggets organizations.