Date: 06/09/2016

Tandem Signs Chinanu Onuaku and Joel James


Tandem Signs Louisville’s Chinanu Onuaku and North Carolina’s Joel James for Full-Service Representation

Arlington, VA, June 9, 2016 Tandem Sports + Entertainment signed Chinanu Onuaku from the University of Louisville and Joel James from the University of North Carolina for full-service representation for the NBA Draft and throughout their basketball careers. Tandem will handle contractual agreements, personal appearances, public relations services, corporate partnerships, community relations initiatives and business opportunities for both of the NBA Draft prospects. Derrick Powell and Jim Tanner will both represent Onuaku, and Graham Boone and Tanner will represent James.

Onuaku was honored on the ACC All-Defensive Team in the 2015-16 season, and was an honorable mention All-ACC selection after a strong season with Louisville. In 2015, he won gold with the USA U19 World Championship Team. Onuaku was named to the All-ACC Academic Men’s Basketball Team in 2015 and 2016.

“Chinanu has shown a lot of hard work and dedication as he prepares himself for the 2016 NBA Draft,” Powell said.  “We are very excited to have him as a part of the Tandem family.  We know that his future is without limit and we plan on helping him in reaching all of his future goals and endeavors.”

A member of the UNC team that reached the NCAA National Championship Title Game in 2015-16, James played at UNC for four years. He helped the Tar Heels win an ACC Tournament Championship and ACC Regular Season Title as a senior. James was honored with UNC’s Most Improved Player Award in the 2014-15 season. He graduated from Carolina this spring with a bachelor’s degree in history.

“Joel had a great career at UNC and we are excited to be working with him,” Boone said. “He took great strides in his game in the past couple of years and we believe he will continue to grow as a professional.”


Tandem’s roster of clients includes Tim Duncan, Jeremy Lin, Grant Hill, Ray Allen, John Henson, Brandan Wright, Thaddeus Young, Marvin Williams, Zaza Pachulia, Gerald Henderson, Raymond Felton, C. J. Watson, Dominique Wilkins and Tamika Catchings. Marketing and public relations clients include World Series champion pitcher Chris Young, and two-time Olympic gold medalist LaShawn Merritt.  Public relations clients include Charles Johnson Foundation, authors Jon Pessah (“THE GAME: Inside the Secret World of Major League Baseball’s Power Brokers”) and Adam Lazarus (“Hail to the Redskins”).


Meredith Geisler

Tandem Sports & Entertainment, LLC

(703) 740-5015


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