When Jay Z sold his minority stake in the Brooklyn Nets to launch Roc Nation Sports, there were many who said Hov wouldn’t be successful as the head of a sports agency. A little over two years later, Roc Nation Sports boasts a client list of 21, including 2014 NBA MVP Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Robinson Cano of the Seattle Mariners, Miami Dolphins defensive end Ndamukong Suh, 2014 WNBA MIP Skylar Diggins, and added two NBA players Thursday at the 2015 NBA Draft.
Kentucky product Willie Cauley-Stein and Duke swingman Justise Winslow both will now be throwing their diamonds up, as the pair have signed with Roc Nation Sports. Cauley-Stein, who just completed his junior year, was drafted by the Sacramento Kings, while Winslow, whose Blue Devils won the 2015 NCAA Championship during his freshman year, will take his talents to South Beach to join the Miami Heat.
The Roc Nation Sports roster is diverse, representing two boxers, future Hall of Famer Miguel Cotto and Andre Ward, both of whom fought earlier this month, and 17-year old African-American male tennis player Francis Tiafoe. The company also has its hands in New York sports, representing Major League Baseball veteran CC Sabathia of the Yankees, Victor Cruz of the Giants, and Geno Smith of the Jets.
So what’s next for Roc Nation Sports? With a Miguel Cotto vs Canelo Alvarez fight in the works (as revealed in Rolling Out’s exclusive interview with Oscar De La Hoya, who represents Canelo), the agency will be co-promoting the second mega-fight of the year, and Andre Ward, who is undefeated, appears destined for greatness. With the endorsement deals that Durant has received from Sprint, Sonic, and other companies, look for the roster at Roc Nation Sports to continue to grow, adding to the legend that is Shawn Corey Carter.