Blacktop Management


Player Testimonials

Frequent and transparent communication is the key for us to build longterm relationships with our players
Being part of Blacktop Management has been an amazing journey. I signed with Blacktop in 2021, and since then, my career has only been going forward. I began at a small club in Copenhagen, and with the help of Jan and Ville, I progressed to the next level in Germany. One of the best things about being a part of this agency is our communication about my progress and how things are going.
Bakary Dibba

BBL Germany, National Team Denmark

I’ve been working with Jan and Ville since early 2022 and I can’t thank them and Blacktop Management enough for their unwavering support in my basketball journey. Their expert guidance and personalized coaching have been instrumental in my development as a player. Not only that, but their honest conversations with me has helped out a lot and they’ve become good friends of mine. Thanks to their dedication, I’ve achieved milestones I once only dreamed of. I wholeheartedly recommend Blacktop Management to any aspiring athlete looking to take their game to the next level.
Hilmar Petursson

Pro A Germany, National Team Iceland

I have been working with Jan and Blacktop Management since 2020 and during this time I have built a strong relationship with them. Our open and honest communication has helped me to improve my game on and off the basketball court. For example, we have talked a lot about career planning and building my own brand in addition to basketball related stuff. And the best thing is that Jan and Ville are always available for their players by calling or texting. I am looking forward to improving step by step and keeping Blacktop Management by my side for many more years!
Elias Valtonen

ACB Spain, Basketball Championsleague, National Team Finland

Joining Blacktop back in 2017 really helped me gain the experiences I had been looking for in Europe for quite some time. I can’t thank Jan enough for pushing my career to new levels and can honestly say he’s the best agent I have had. He is always been there whether on or off the court issues, I appreciate him as a brother for life! Even after retirement I know we will continue to work together as well as have a life-long friendship!
Rene Rougeau

Pro since 2010, played in America, Australia, Europe. College: UNLV

Back when I met and signed with Jan and Blacktop Management my career was at a turning point. The tools and help he and the network Blacktop had built gave me were one of the big reasons I was able to focus in on what matters on and off the court to elevate my game to the next level. Since the beginning of our partnership I’ve fulfilled a lot of basketball dreams that were exactly that to me, only dreams. From playing basketball in other leagues around Europe to making the Finnish National Team and winning a championship.

Since then our partnership has extended to working with Ville as well and I’ve only experienced it as a big bonus as the business keeps growing. With that growth I’ve always still been able to reach either one of them when necessary and that’s what matters the most to me when working in this business, Loyalty over Royalty.

Daniel Dolenc

Betsafe LKL Lithuania, National Team Finland

Joining Blacktop Management and Jan was probably the best decision I made in 2017. As a University kid coming into the Professional space, I wasn’t sure the ins and outs of it, but Jan and his team has really made the transition everything I would have hoped for and more. The environment created is like family, yes the basketball is primary but helping me through my highs and lows in my life also never has gone unnoticed and anyone who joins will get that same feeling from everyone involved in Blacktop Management. Loyalty Over Royalty!
Javon Masters

Alltime leading scorer U-Sports Canada, BBL Germany

I have always thought that when I want to take steps forward in my career, I need the help of a trustworthy agent, who will work on my behalf regardless the circumstances. I can honestly say, that working with Blacktop Management and Jan has proven to be the best choice I could make. With the help of Jan I have been able to take on a regular basis steps forward in my career and due to his professional skills I am playing now at a level, where a few years ago, I never thought I could make it to
Topias Palmi

Serie A Italy, National Team Finland, FIBA Europe Cup

Signing with Jan and Blacktop Management going into my rookie season turned out to be the best possible decision I could have made. Jan has been through it all with me and has never let me down. He went above and beyond even in my toughest times as a professional player and worked tirelessly to make sure I always ended up in the best possible situation. With his complete honesty, constant communication, and positivity Jan really makes you feel as part of his family and I look forward to having him with me for the rest of my career. He truly is more than just an outstanding agent, but also a great friend. Loyalty over Royalty!”
Philip Jalalpoor

BBL Germany, FIBA Europe Cup, Tokyo Olympics 2021

Blacktop Alumni

Collaboration with Blacktop Management has enabled me to gain better opportunities to improve myself as a player. It has also provided me the opportunity to reach my goals as a professional basketball player. With Jan, I highly appreciate his expertise and the fact that he communicates with his players a lot. I’ve been able to create a mutual trust with Jan.
Matti Nuutinen

National Team player Finland. Experience: 1x FIBA World Cup, 3x FIBA European Championship, FIBA Eurocup, FIBA Europe Cup, VTB League

I met Jan my senior year at the Portsmouth NBA camp. We talked there and even though I got a good vibe I decided to go in a different direction with an agent. Fast forward to my rookie year: When I decided to switch agents after my rookie year, Jan was the first guy I contacted. He was honest with me from day one and told me he’d work his hardest to get me jobs and that’s exactly what he did. Within the first month with him we got a deal done at the beginning of summer. Jan is a hard working guy but equally a honest and a good guy. Not only do we have a business relationship but personal also. At Blacktop they make you feel like family and make sure you’re taken care of and not lead you in the wrong direction. And personally, that’s all i can ask for as an athlete from an agent/agency. Looking forward to working with Jan and Blacktop for many years to come.
Saah Nimley

NCAA All-American Honorable Mention, Portsmouth Invitational (NBA Pre Draft), NCAA #5 in scoring 21.4ppg, Pro since 2015

To me it has been important that the agency is trusthworthy, straightforward and loyal under all circumstances so you know you are being represented in the tough business of professional sports. It is also important that you are being introduced to all interesting teams instead of just being a name on a long list of offerings.

I have seen how different agencies operate and I have had different agencies representing me. I have seen what it is being part of a big agency with NBA and Euroleague pIayers as their clients but also the other end of spectrum working with smaller and more local agencies.

Based on what I feel is important and how different agencies and agents have operated I have chosen Blacktop as my agency. Jan has stood beside me and he cares about his clients as athletes, personalities and human beings. He understands this is more than just a job for us and he has created a family like atmosphere in Blacktop. We talk, we can be honest or even argue about things but at the end of the day I know Jan is doing what is best for me and my career and I can trust him. Many players change agencies throughout their careers but in Blacktop guys want to stay. That fact itself tells a lot. ?

Samuel Haanpää

Valparaiso University (NCAA), Pro in Italy, Spain, France, Argentina, Sweden, Finland, Cyprus. Also played: FIBA Europe Cup, FIBA European Championships.

I have been signed with Jan and Blacktop since 2013. I can honestly say he helped save my career. Not only a great agent but a good friend that genuinely cares about his player’s well being. He has done his best to place me in the best situations possible year after year.
Billy McShepard

Pro since 2011, played in North America, Asia, South America, Europe