Chris Grier Luchey
FOUNDER OF CGL SPORTS
“Luchey is an up and coming future super agent, who utilizes his personal skills along with his basketball knowledge and pedigree to maximize the role of an agent.” – Sonny Vaccaro, Basketball Legend
Chris Grier Luchey is not your typical agent. His basketball experience spans across many levels and ranges from high school AAU basketball to NBA talent scouting and professional management.
The founder of CGL Sports agency, he has more than 15 years of experience identifying, developing and managing the top basketball talent in America. In CGL Sports’ inaugural year, Luchey secured the 23rd pick for Wilson Chandler to the New York Knicks. This was a move that was unmatched considering Chandler’s early projections. Prior to the 2007 draft, Chandler was projected to go in the late 50’s to undrafted. However, that was not the case and his stock rose more than 30 spots. Chandler’s success in New York includes; Rookie/Sophomore All Star Game participant, NBA starter, finalist for Most Improved Player and early favorite for 6th Man of the Year.
Luchey also set the trend of NBA players signing with Chinese programs (CBA league) during the 2011 NBA lockout. He negotiated a 37 million dollar contract for Chandler to return to the NBA and resigned a long-term deal with the Denver Nuggets. This was a unique situation in an unfriendly free agency market in March 2012.
Most recently, Ekpe Udoh, the 6th pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, also saw his stock rise. His early projections included a mid-to-late first round pick prior to his pre-draft workouts and interviews. Although his summer and pre-season action were hampered with a wrist injury, he is currently showing that there is big promise for him in the NBA. Luchey’s efforts have not gone unnoticed, as he was featured as a sports panelist on the 2009 National Black MBA Georgia chapter.
CGL Sports clients include five NBA athletes, two elite European athletes, as well as two players in the NBDL. They are a very tight group of men that encourage, support and appreciate each other’s talents and interests. Special events, birthday celebrations, black tie galas, dinners, banquets, and charitable events are supported as a group.
Luchey began his career shortly after finishing at Michigan State University as a coach for Southfield Lathrup High School’s Men’s Varsity basketball team. Leading the team to a #15 national ranking in 1996, he continued his journey on the grassroots level as the director of the Michigan Mustangs and eventually the founder of the Michigan Hurricanes youth program. Several NBA, college All-Americans, high school All-Americans and over 100 division one athletes have played in this program.
During his years of coaching, Luchey’s teams finished in the top ten final rankings eight times. In eight of those years, Luchey produced four teams that finished in the top five. Furthermore, Luchey was an NBA scout for the Portland Trailblazers and carried the title of Director at the ABCD All-American camp, which has produced several of today’s NBA megastars. According to Sonny Vaccaro, who many people view as the Godfather to grassroots, “Luchey is an up and-coming future super-agent who utilizes his personal skills is basketball knowledge to maximize the role of an agent.” Mr. Vaccaro, who has been recognized as one of the top 20 most influential people in professional basketball, is a confidant and mentor to Luchey.
Luchey began his initial sports management career with one of the largest sports firms in the industry, SFX. He was the Director of Player Personnel & Scouting for the company that once represented more than 18% of all NBA players and had five lottery picks in the 2005 draft. Shortly after SFX was acquired by WMG, Luchey became the Senior Director of Client Relations for men’s basketball. The knowledge and experience of working for two prominent and revered firms proved to be valuable in transitioning to a boutique-style agency.