Portsmouth Invitational Tournament Basketball Career Conference See Tomorrow's NBA Stars - Today! Showcasing the Best in College Basketball
Friday, April 14, 2017 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!
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 an 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 14-17th 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
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!
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
Courtyard Norfolk Downtown - 2.9 miles (uber ~$8)
520 East Plume Street, Norfolk, VA 23510
Residence Inn Norfolk Downtown - 3.4 miles (uber ~$9)
227 West Brambleton Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23510
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)
Greyhound Bus Station (1 mile)
Amtrak train station Newport News, VA (15 miles)
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!
** 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, 5pm & 8pm: Basketball Games at Churchland High School
Your registration fee includes a ticket to both Friday night games at 5pm and 8pm. 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 Burlison, NBA Scout, Burlisononbasketball.com
Chris Denker, Net Scouts Basketball Director of Scouting
Carl Berman, Net Scouts Basketball Managing Director
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
2016 PIT Basketball Career Conference Agenda
(2017 agenda will be released in April. The 2017 agenda will be similar to 2016 but speakers will change. This agenda is to provide you an example.)
Friday, April 15, 2016
8:50 am Welcome with Dr. Lynn Lashbrook, SMWW President
9:00am Working Your Way Up from Intern to Assist. General Manager Brian Wright, Detroit Pistons, Asst. General Manager
9:20 am Sports Agency – Recruiting & Signing Clients in the NBA, NBA D-League & Overseas Max Raseni, Italian Agent Players Group, Agent
Yann Balikouzou, FIBA & NBPA Agent
Andre Buck, Arete Sports Agency, Agent
10:30 am Scouting in the NBA Herb Livsey, Denver Nuggets, Scout
Mike Born, Charlotte Hornets, Scout
11:30 am PIT Celebrity Luncheon with Terry Porter The 64 Best NCAA Basketball Players in attendance
1:30 pm Career Opportunities in the NBA D-League Brian Levy, Fort Wayne Mad Ants, General Manager
Tyler Gatlin, Bakersfield Jam, Asst. Coach - (Alumni)
John Bryant, Delaware 87ers Assoc., Head Coach
2:30 am 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
3:00 pm "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 & Attorney
3:30 pm Media Communications & Journalism Tim Eberly, The Virginian-Pilot newspaper, Investigative Reporter Aubrie Warkentien, Idaho Stampede (Affiliate of the Utah Jazz, NBA Development League), Media and Public Relations Coordinator
4:00 pm Closing Remarks by Dr. Lynn Lashbrook
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scholarships do not include lodging or airfare. Those who have completed an SMWW training program will be given preference.
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.
Chief Operation Officer at Baseline Sports Management
My favorite speakers were the NBA personnel. They gave me great advice! This is a great way to learn and grow in sports today. I recommend SMWW to all who want to work in sports.
The 2016 PIT Basketball Career Conference is the second SMWW conference that I've attended. Both have exceeded my expectations. SMWW does a great job of getting excellent industry leaders to attend, and creates a network friendly environment.
John Chandler Caldwell
NC State Graduate
Great opportunity to network with professionals and get outstanding advice. I walked away with many insightful notes that will influence my future.
Scout at NetScouts Basketball
The conference and life lessons from each presenter were eye opening. Everything I learned could be directly applied to anyone trying to break into the sports industry. I highly recommend SMWW to any sports driven person!
CEO, Elite Broadcasting Network
This conference gave insight into what is going on in the NBA from great speakers and industry professionals.
EV Hoops Sports Research Intern, Drexel University
Join us in Portsmouth, VA to do what you do most days: talk, listen, and eat basketball! Unlike most days though, here with SMWW you'll get to do all that with NBA executives, basketball related professionals, and you'll have a chance to meet fellow SMWW students and alumni.
Analytics at University of Hartford Men's Basketball
This conference gave me the opportunity to learn and appreciate the business of basketball.
Come prepared to take in a lot of different information from many different people in sports. Each speaker was a different story that could potentially help you work and grow in sports.
US Naval Academy
My favorite speaker was hands down Mark Warkentien. This is a must-attend event for someone trying to get into sports. Great speakers and better discussions. I wish it was longer!
Broome Community College
The conference was everything I expected and more! Each speaker gave me information I can take home and use to become better. I am now more motivated to stay for the long haul and work my way up in basketball.
Excellent experience. A high value-added environment; a true real world symposium.