Portsmouth Invitational Tournament Basketball Career Conference
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Showcasing the Best in College Basketball

Friday, April 14, 2018
Portsmouth - Norfolk, Virginia

Before Jimmy Butler was an NBA All-Star with the Chicago Bulls, the Marquette University small forward was a relatively unknown prospect in the 2011 NBA Draft. As part of his pre-draft process, Butler attended the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (PIT), brought home MVP honors and began turning heads in the scouting community, ultimately leading to a 1st round selection.

Like Jimmy Butler, you can go to PIT and change your career and life.

Our annual PIT Basketball Career Conference provides people of all ages with a desire to work in professional basketball insight and exposure they can't get anywhere else:

  • Network with sports business executives
  • Receive career guidance from well-known sports executives
  • Insights on who is hiring and what skills you need to get hired
  • Connect with other sports career minded individuals
  • Learn strategies to catapult your career to the next level
  • Get insider information to changes in the industry and help you get on the fast track

Over 500 scouts, personnel directors, video analysts and team executives from both the NBA and International leagues descend on Portsmouth, Virginia to evaluate the 64 invited prospects and to network and learn from each other.

As part of the Sports Management Worldwide Basketball Career Conference, you can network and learn from NBA industry experts!



A One of a Kind Basketball Career Conference

The Portsmouth Invitational Tournament is the nation's oldest amateur basketball tournament, featuring 64 of the top college seniors eligible for the upcoming NBA draft.

With over 500 NBA and international team representatives in attendance, this event is much more than four days of great basketball games, it is a networking opportunity unlike any other. By attending the SMWW Basketball Career Conference you will gain valuable insight into the variety of careers available in basketball and how to get there.

The day will be split up into diverse speaker panels including:

  • Insight into Sports Marketing
  • The in's and out's of Sports Agency
  • The Path to Becoming an NBA Scout
  • The Growing Field of Digital Video Editing
  • The Role of Media Relations
  • Sports Journalism and Broadcasting
  • Career Strategies You Can Implement

(The panels are subject to change as more speakers are confirmed)

All panels conclude with a question and answer period so you can be sure to interact with our top-level panel speakers.


Why You Should Attend the PIT Basketball Career Conference

From April 12-15th Portsmouth, Virginia becomes the epicenter of the basketball universe as NBA and International executives, scouts and coaches gather to network and socialize. Our one day conference is jam packed with insight and knowledge you can't get anywhere else - it is the perfect opportunity to advance or start your professional basketball career.

At the PIT Conference, you will:

  • Network with current NBA employees including scouts, personnel directors, and executives
  • Learn from mentors who have been where you are and want to assist you with your career path
  • Master strategies to catapult your basketball career to the next level
  • Connect with fellow sports career minded individuals
  • Add experience to your resume
  • Get motivated, energized, and inspired to advance your career
  • Gain confidence and credibility

There is no one path to the NBA court, just like there is no one path to the NBA front office, but there are some tried and true methods for reaching your goals. Networking, modeling successful executives, learning new skills – all of these topics will be covered at the PIT Basketball Career Conference.

While hopeful NBA prospects attend PIT trying to catch the eye of scouts, so do those eager to make their mark behind the scenes of professional basketball.

All conference sessions are held in the heart of the action at

Renaissance Portsmouth-Norfolk Waterfront Hotel
425 Water Street, Portsmouth VA 23704

Networking Opportunities

One of the advantages of this conference is the ability to network within the industry with front office staff from professional teams and fellow basketball minded individuals.

Following their presentations, most speakers chat one-on-one with attendees. Many attendees come alone, but make new friends and peers within the industry. And they return year after year!


2017 PIT Basketball Career Conference Agenda

Note: Due to team meetings, speakers are not guaranteed and will change. 

Friday, April 14, 2017

Conference sessions held at the PIT Headquarter Hotel:
Renaissance Portsmouth-Norfolk Waterfront Hotel
425 Water Street, Portsmouth VA 23704

8:50 am Welcome with Dr. Lynn Lashbrook, SMWW President

9:00 am Sports Agency - Recruiting and Signing Your First Client In Professional Basketball 
Andre Buck, Arete Sports Agency NBPA Agent
Adam Klimek, SMWW Agency Agent Advisor

10:00 am Career Opportunities In The Fast Growing NBA D-League 
Jeff Feld, Windy City Bulls Manager Basketball Operations (Chicago Bulls)
Kent Lacob, Santa Cruz Warriors GM (Golden State Warriors) - tentative
Joel Abelson, Westchester Knicks Dir. Basketball Operations (New York Knicks)

11:00 am "Go Global or Go Home" – The Explosion of Basketball Around the World 
Nicola Alberani, Scandone Avellino, Sport Director
Bret Kanis, Hightower Law Firm, NBPA Player Agent, FIBA Agent, & Attorney

12:00 pm PIT Celebrity Luncheon with keynote speaker Minnesota Timberwolves GM Scott Layden
Exclusive Invite:  Registration fee includes a ticket to the PIT Celebrity Luncheon with all 64 players, coaches, and NBA guests. 

1:30 pm An Inside Look at the NBA
Rob Babcock, former GM of Raptors, and former VP of the Timberwolves

2:30 pm Keynote: Differentiate Yourself to Move Up the Ladder
Mark Warkentien, New York Knicks, Director of Player Personnel, 2009 NBA Executive of the Year and SMWW Faculty

4:00 pm Closing Remarks 

7:00 pm Game 7 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament    
Tickets included with registration*

9:00 pm  Game 8 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament     
Tickets included with registration*

*All Portsmouth Invitational games are held at
Churchland High School
4301 Cedar Lane
Portsmouth, VA  23703


PIT Tournament & Conference Hotel Accommodations:

Friday, the SMWW Basketball Career Conference and PIT Celebrity Luncheon are hosted at the Renaissance Portsmouth-Norfolk Waterfront Hotel. We recommend you stay within walking distance. A lot of networking goes on at the hotel lobby and bar. To accommodate the basketball executives, the bar stays open past 12 midnight and serves food after the evening games.

Try these hotels first:

Renaissance Portsmouth-Norfolk Waterfront Hotel
425 Water Street, Portsmouth VA 23704

Riverwalk Inn and Suites - 0.7 miles
333 Effingham Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704

Super Value Inn Portsmouth/Olde Town Area Hotel - 0.8 miles
925 London Blvd, Portsmouth, VA 23704

Comfort Inn Olde Town - 0.6 miles
347 Effingham Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704

Norfolk Marriott Waterside - 3.0 miles (uber ~$8)
235 E Main St, Norfolk, VA 23510
(757) 627-4200

Courtyard Norfolk Downtown - 2.9 miles (uber ~$8)
520 East Plume Street, Norfolk, VA 23510
(757) 963-6000

Residence Inn Norfolk Downtown - 3.4 miles (uber ~$9)
227 West Brambleton Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23510
(757) 842-6216


PIT does offer room discounts at locations close to Churchland High School. Feel free to visit this website for those options.

Which Airport Should You Choose?

  • Norfolk International Airport (ORF) (8 miles)
  • Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (PHF) (20 miles)
  • Richmond International Airport (RIC) (91 miles, about 1.5-hour drive)

Other Transportation:

Bus Station

  • Greyhound Bus Station (1 mile)

Subway Station

  • Amtrak train station Newport News, VA    (15 miles)

Train Station

  • Amtrak Train Station Newport News, VA    (21.2 miles)

What to do in and around Portsmouth & Norfolk, Virginia:

  • Less than a 20-minute drive is Virginia Beach, a famous coastal city on the Atlantic Ocean with a 3-mile boardwalk stretching along its beach-lined oceanfront. 
  • Less than 60-minute drive is Colonial Williamsburg, the largest living history museum in the United States. Colonial Williamsburg operates the restored 18th-century capital of Virginia. Spend 4 hours or spend the entire day! Includes live action, theatrical performances, vibrant gardens, guided tours of original 18th-century buildings, personal interaction with townspeople, three museums, and more. Learn more about Williamsburg here!
  • Less than a 3-hour drive is the US Capitol, Washington. D.C. -  Washington D.C. Vacation Travel Guide
  • Wanna catch a game? NBA Washington Wizards, NHL Washington Capitols, and the MLB Washington Nationals all call this area home! See for yourself!

Registration Coming Soon! 

Conference Registration includes: 

  • Name badge & credentials 
  • Registration Packet
  • All conference sessions
  • PIT Celebrity Luncheon
  • PIT GameTicket for Friday Evening at 5 pm & 8 pm (See 32 players play. If you want tickets for other times, they are available at the door.)



** Please note, conference fee does not include hotel accommodations

Walk-up registrations will not be accepted. Please register online in advance.


As Part of Your Conference Registration

Attend the PIT Celebrity Luncheon:

Friday, 11:30am-1pm: PIT Celebrity Luncheon

Registration fee includes a ticket to the PIT Celebrity Luncheon with all 64 players, coaches, and NBA guests. The 2017  keynote speaker is Scott Layden, Minnesota Timberwolves GM.

Attend PIT Games:

Friday, 5 pm & 8 pm: Basketball Games at Churchland High School

Your registration fee includes a ticket to both Friday night games at 5 pm and 8 pm. Watch 32 of the best 64 college basketball seniors in the country. Additional tickets for other nights can be purchased at the gate.

Previous Years Speakers

Note: Due to Team Meetings, speakers are not guaranteed and will change. The closer we get to the date, the more accurate the schedule becomes as executives do not yet know their team meeting schedules.

  • Mark Warkentien, New York Knicks Director of Player Personnel 
  • Neil Olshey, Portland Trail Blazers GM
  • Gar Forman, Chicago Bulls GM
  • Brian Hagan, Chicago Bulls Asst. GM
  • Chad Buchanan, Charlotte Hornets Asst. GM
  • John Ross, Portland Trail Blazers, Asst. Video Coordinator
  • Dr. Lynn Lashbrook, SMWW President & Sports Agent
  • Adrian Wojnarowski, NBA Insider for Yahoo Sports and Fox Sports 1
  • Marc Stein, ESPN
  • Kevin Arnovitz, ESPN Truehoop
  • Amin Elhassan, NBA Analyst & ESPN.com
  • Dean Oliver, Author of Basketball on Paper & Stats Analyst Legend
  • Scotty Stirling, Sacramento Kings Head Scout
  • Jim Kelly, Dallas Mavericks Scout
  • Joel Abelson, Sacramento Kings Summer League Head Coach
  • Irving Roland, Pheonix Suns Player Development Coach
  • Bryan Gates, New Orleans Pelicans Summer League Head Coach
  • Chris Silva, Oklahoma City Thunder Web Content Manager
  • Brian Wheeler, Portland Trail Blazers Radio Play-By-Play
  • Solly Laniado, Sports Attorney, Tel Aviv, Israel who represents Omri Caspi
  • Tom McCarthy, Beijing International Group
  • Bret Kanis, NBA Agent
  • Jeff Morander, Executive VP of Ticket Sales, NHL & NBA teams
  • David Mondress, BDA Sports Agency VP
  • Frank BurlisonNBA Scout, Burlisononbasketball.com
  • Chris Denker, Net Scouts Basketball Director of Scouting
  • Carl Berman, Net Scouts Basketball Managing Director
  • Bruce O'Neil, United States Basketball Academy 
  • Steve Banks, NBA Agent
  • Beth Hancock, Portland Trail Blazers Executive Asst.
  • Michael Born, Portland Trail Blazers, Director of NBA Scouting
  • Marc Isenberg, Author of Money Players
  • Raman Sposato, Detroit Pistons Video Coordinator
  • Debbie Spander, Wasserman Media Group VP of Broadcasting
  • Alexis Levi, First African American Woman GM of Men's Pro Basketball Team
  • Tony Luftman, Host on CBS Sports Network
  • Jan Wieland, FIBA Agent & International Basketball Expert
  • Josh Url, Synergy Sports Technology
  • Joel Corry, NBA Capologist & CBS Writer for CBSSports.com
  • James Kerti, Basketball Scout & HoopsThink.com
  • AJ Mitnik, Maccabi Rishon Lezion Coach
  • Daryl Reshaw, Eurobasket Director
  • Tina Kunzer-Murphy, UNLV Athletic Director

College Credit: (optional)

Most attendees are not college students but sports people looking to start or advance their career in professional or collegiate sports.

However, for those of you who are in college and would like transferable credits to your school, one hour of college credit will be available. 


SMWW will award a limited amount of full and partial scholarships for each SMWW Career Conference. You must be 18 years or older to be considered. If interested, fill out an application, submit your resume and a one-page explaining why you should receive a scholarship to info@smww.com.

Scholarships do not include lodging or airfare. Those who have completed an SMWW training program will be given preference.

Internship Interviews

SMWW offers sports internship opportunities throughout the year in both our Portland, Oregon and Gloucester, England offices. Visit this page for more information. SMWW conducts interviews at SMWW Career Conferences.



Download a Copy of the
2016 PIT Basketball Program Here


Thank you! We will let you know as soon as conference dates are announced!