Learning from sports industry professionals is priceless, the classes do not feel like school, they are fun and engaging. The weekly chats and discussion rooms allow you to meet and connect with like-minded students who share your passion. Nowhere else can you get access to the people working in sports than you can with SMWW.
Basketball General Manager and Scouting Course
Advance Your Basketball Career with Executive Instruction
The journey to the front office of your favorite NBA team starts with mastering the process of player evaluation. Scouting basketball is an art form, meshing statistical and video analysis with a deep understanding of the game to evaluate an athlete’s true professional impact.
At SMWW, we’ll teach you the skills NBA teams want in a new hire!
Led by New York Knicks Director of Player Personnel and 2008-09 NBA Executive of the Year Mark Warkentien, this 8 week online course delivers a targeted basketball education, focused on scouting, team management and basketball operations.
Unlike most online classes, our 8-week course focuses on audio chats directly with your course mentor, Mark Warkentien, allowing you the opportunity to build a personal relationship with a veteran NBA executive.After completing our Basketball GM & Scouting course, we will help you redesign your resume to highlight your new skills and include that you have been taught first-hand by Mark Warkentien. Now that is powerful!
With graduates currently working in the NBA, NBADL, FIBA, NCAA and for USA Basketball, the proof is out there, hard at work!
Class size limited to 20 Students
Learn What NBA Teams Want in a New Hire
When professional basketball teams post a job opening they are bombarded with people looking to break into the industry. Hundreds of resumes flood into team offices from people with all levels of education and backgrounds.
Sounds depressing doesn't it? Well, it doesn't have to.
Even with hundreds of people applying, we can help you stand out from the crowd by teaching you the skills NBA teams need, skills most of the other people applying don't understand.
This 8 week online course taught by New York Knicks Director of Player Personnel Mark Warkentien will open NBA doors for you by teaching:
- Video scouting techniques and software
- Traditional scouting, player evaluation, ratings and in-depth analysis
- How to properly craft an NBA scouting report
- College and International Scouting
- Collegiate basketball scouting versus high school players
- Basketball contracts, negotiation, trades and acquisitions
- Responsibilities of a Basketball GM
- How to run the front office of a basketball franchise
- NBA Draft preparation and free agent signings
- Introduction to Synergy Sports Technology, used by all 30 NBA teams
- Relationships with those at the highest level of basketball
- Relationships between the NBA, CBA, NBDL and overseas basketball leagues
- Opportunity to work as a SMWW Basketball Scout (details below)
- Opportunity to work with NetScouts Basketball (details below)
Upon successfully completing the course, you will be able to add Mark Warkentien to your resume as a reference. As the saying goes, 'it's not what you know but who you know'… and you're about to know NBA executive Mark Warkentien!
The online Basketball GM & Scouting course was a great fit for me; I was able to learn and complete my assignments at my own pace and on my own schedule. This course has also been a great tool for networking with individuals across the country that possess the same interests and career goals as I. The information I have obtained and the teachings that this course provides have been invaluable for my growth in the sports world and I strongly recommend it to all those who would like to get a behind the scenes look at how an NBA Front Office functions.
- Nick Mazzella, Los Angeles D-Fenders General Manager
Sports Careers This Course Prepares You For
Learning from a respected NBA execuative like Mark Warkentien will give you a leg up against the competition for jobs in professional basketball. Basketball management requires a versatile skill set, not just evaluating players and creating a competitive team and not just budgeting, operations and marketing.
This cutting-edge course will prepare you to enter the world of basketball scouting and management with a diverse arrary of skills that will qualify you for any of these roles in the NBA, FIBA, International Leagues or NCAA:
- Basketball Player Personnel
- Basketball General Manager
- Basketball Agent
- Basketball Scout
- Basketball Management
- Basketball Front Office
- Basketball Game Operations
- Basketball Operations
- Sports Marketing
- Basketball Media & Community Relations
- Basketball Account Manager
- Basketball Internships
Learn More About Course Mentor Mark Warkentien
Mark Warkentien New York Knicks Director of Player Personnel
With over 35 years' experience working in basketball, including his current position of Director of Player Personnel for the New York Knicks, Mark Warkentien is one of the most respected executives in the NBA. Prior to the Knicks,Warkentien was the General Manager of the Denver Nuggets where he was named NBA Executive of the Year in 2009 for his work helping the Nuggets reach the Western Conference Finals.
Warkentien has held other executive positions with the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he was Director of Player Personnel and interim GM for the latter half of the 2004-05 season, and the Portland Trail Blazers, where over a ten year period he was a Scout, Director of Scouting, Assistant GM and Director of Player Personnel. His career in the NBA started as a scout with the Seattle Supersonics in 1991.
Before the jump to the NBA Warkentien had a very successful career in college basketball, coaching several Southern California college basketball teams before joining the staff of UNLV as an assistant coach under the legendary Jerry Tarkanian. During his time with the Running Rebels the team advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight four times, the Final Four three times and won the 1990 NCAA Championship.
Warkentien graduated with his Sports Leadership Masters degree in May 2014 from Concordia University Chicago, a partnership program with Sports Management Worldwide.
In the Basketball GM & Scouting course you will speak directly each week with Mark Warkentien. Mark will teach you what you need to know to jump to the front of the NBA hiring line and be a reference on your resume for future employment.
Our Basketball GM & Scouting Course Is For You
To the untrained eye basketball can appear as a series of random movements where the best overall athletes prevail. To the trained eye the game appears as an orchestra, where each individual step, movement and angle is perfectly planned and executed for a positive team result.
At SMWW, we'll teach you how to see the game through a trained eye, able to analyze skills and weaknesses, project player development, build a team, organize a draft and much more
This course is perfect for those who wish to pursue a career as a:
- NBA Player Personnel
- NBA Operations
- NBA Scout
- NBA Management
- NBA Front Office
- NBA Agent
- NBA Game Operations
- NBA Sports Marketing
- NBA Account manager
- NBA Media & Community Relations
- FIBA Jobs
- NBADL Jobs
- Basketball Internships
The Future of Basketball Scouting & Sports Video Editing
Synergy Sports is the video scouting technology used by all 30 teams in the NBA and many college basketball programs and high level international leagues. Students enrolled in our Basketball GM and Scouting course will be provided access to Synergy Sports Technology and complete video editing exercises.
Synergy captures every NBA game logging each possession into a searchable database allowing NBA teams to recall specific plays based on situations and/or player attributes. With a few mouse clicks, a team could see every example of Steph Curry running a pick and roll on the left side of the formation and taking a mid-range jumper.
Familiarizing yourself with video scouting using the latest technology is your front door into the industry, as many SMWW students have been hired by Synergy upon graduation.
"The Synergy program is your ticket into the game," says Warkentien. "The older NBA guys aren't interested in the video side, the technology scares them. Video is where a mere mortal can get into the game. Knowing Synergy inside and out will more than help you with your first job."
If you discover you have a real passion for video scouting, we offer a Digital Video and Editing course where Synergy is covered in even greater depth.
I had an amazing experience taking the Basketball GM and Scouting Course with SMWW. My dream and passion has always been to work in the NBA and be a GM but I did not know the steps to take to get there. With this course, I was able to learn, make contacts in the industry and receive the necessary encouragement and motivation to pursue my dream. I am now working for the Portland Trailblazers!!!
- John Ross, Portland Trail Blazers Assistant Video Coordinator
Weekly Audio Chats: A unique aspect of each 8 week course is the opportunity for students to participate weekly in live interactive audio chats with fellow students, Knicks Director of Player Personnel Mark Warkentien, SMWW President Dr. Lynn Lashbrook and renowned guest speakers. This is a tremendous opportunity to network within the professional and collegiate basketball industry and get to know Mark and fellow students personally via the internet. This is available via any online computer, headset and microphone are included in your course materials.
Online Education: This innovative academic course is facilitated through a web-based educational delivery system. You will enjoy the online discussion boards, weekly readings, weekly quizzes, course projects, and interaction amongst fellow sports business-minded students and faculty. All course materials and textbooks are included in the course fee.
Global Participation: SMWW students participate from over 140 countries. Courses have a international influence and instructors will cater assignments to specific countries or leagues. Countries with economic challenges are eligible for economic discounts.
Earn College Credit: Most participants are not college students. Most participants are working full time in a variety of careers including many in sports from all over the world. (Many wish they had taken this course in college!) For those of you who are in college and would like transferable credits to your school, two-three hours of college credit is available. Click here for more information.
Military Discount: For those individuals who represent their country in military service we offer a discount. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are active, reserve, or a retired member of your countries military system. Thank you for serving your country! (Please include what country and specific part of the military.)
For more information on the Military Discount please Click Here
Tax Write Off - (For USA Citizens): SMWW course tuition, books and supplies can be used for education tax credits. Save your receipts and consult with your tax advisor on how this applies to you.
Optional Annual Basketball Conferences: All SMWW students are invited to attend the annual Summer League Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada and/or the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament Conference in Virginia. All SMWW Students recieve a huge discount and are encouraged to attend to utilize their skills and network within the industry.
What Happens After I Complete the Course?
Upon successful graduation of the Basketball GM & Scouting Course you'll have many options:
Become an SMWW Scout
Graduates will be invited to join SMWWscouts.com, our network of professional scouts working across all sports and in all countries
You will advertise yourself as a certified scout and trained evaluator. Teams, coaches and agents use this service to find qualified talent evaluators in areas they need them.
We become your match-makers!
The site will include your own webpage with your picture and biography, and samples of your best scouting reports. As a graduate of the Basketball GM and Scouting course you are eligible to apply for acceptance as a SMWW scout and be featured on this website free!
Work for a Team
Our goal is to see all Basketball GM & Scouting graduates gainfully employed in basketball worldwide. SMWW will customize a basketball portfolio to assist you with your career, and Mark Warkentien will be a reference on your resume.
Through our extensive network of professional basketball teams and organizations worldwide, basketball departments, and basketball non-profits, our objective is to prepare you for when the right job opportunities become available. Numerous people that have gone through our programs are now employed in great positions and you could do the same. We want to help you launch your basketball career and help you find a position where you can be the most successful and satisfied.
Scout with the Best
As a Sports Management Worldwide's graduate of the Basketball General Manager and Scouting course you will have the opportunity to be trained in NetScouts Basketball's scouting process and given on the job training. This training will allow graduates to be credentialed for college games and will give you experience providing scouting reports on several players from each team. These scouting reports will be critiqued by NetScouts Basketball's Managing Partners.
NetScouts Basketball, "The International Basketball Connection"™, provides consulting and scouting to basketball teams worldwide. They have the largest database of collegiate and International U20 scouting reports and are the expert on International Basketball.
For more information regarding NetScouts Basketball, visit their website at NetScouts.com.
Resume Redesign Service
Acquiring the skills necessary for your dream sports career is only part of the employment story. Even with the required skill set you still have to market yourself properly in order to attract the attention of sports industry employers.
At SMWW, we’ll teach you the skills you need to thrive AND help you redesign your resume for optimal impact in the sports industry. We’ll help you craft a resume to highlight your new skills in Basketball Scouting and Management, include a reference from Mark Warkentien and Dr. Lynn Lashbrook while optimizing it to reach hiring managers searching online.
We want you to be the next SMWW success story and we go to great lengths to help you get there!
Course Certificate & Resume Reference:
Successful graduates of the Sports Management Worldwide courses will be sent a SMWW Certificate of Accomplishment. This certificate represents not only your achievements in the course but also demonstrates your personal commitment to self-improvement and ability to "self-train" yourself for higher positions within the sports business industry.
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