/ Basketball Player Development & Strategy Course

Learn How to Develop Elite Basketball Talent

In just eight weeks, you can learn basketball player development strategies straight from NBA Assistant Coach Irv Roland & Former Warriors GM Larry Riley.

Winning at basketball requires much more than diagramming plays, it demands a clearly established culture, organizational philosophy, and a unified approach to teaching.

Join former Golden State Warriors GM Larry Riley and NBA Coach Irving Roland as they teach you the fundamentals of team leadership, player development, and management in this one-of-a-kind 8-week online basketball course. There is truly nothing else like it!


August 5

Weekly Live Interactive Zoom Chats With Larry Riley
Weekly Live Interactive Zoom Chats With Irving Roland
8-week online course
Access to SMWW network
Resume enhancement
Ongoing career advice
Class size limited to 15 students




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What You Can Expect from Our Basketball Player Development & Strategy Course

Most of us experience a basketball team through their on-court performance, but there is an entire world of events and decisions that go into creating the eventual product on national display.

Our Basketball Player Development & Strategy course will teach you the game through the eyes of a head coach. All the moments between game days will be explored and explained, from off-season planning and development to game week practices.

Winning teams and organizations are created behind the scenes, our course will take you into that process including:

  • Organizational culture
  • Leadership style
  • Training coaches
  • Running effective practices
  • Managing players
  • Dealing with the media

And much more!

This course is designed for anyone who wants to work in basketball including fans, journalists, coaches, GM’s, scouts, and more. All are welcome and can benefit from the perspective of Larry Riley and Irving Roland.

Who Should Take This Course?

Basketball Player Development & Strategy is a class designed for those who have an above average knowledge and understanding of the game of basketball and want to learn more about how individuals and their skills will impact not only their playing career but also the team itself. Basketball Player Development is a perfect course for basketball coaches, basketball players, basketball trainers, basketball video personnel, and basketball front office personnel. The Basketball Player Develpment & Strategy course, taught by two NBA leaders who have decades of experience in basketball and in the NBA. Basketball Player Development will go over individual development plans, the difference in developing young stars versus veterans, in-season versus post-season workouts, game day prep, development through game film, and jobs in the basketball player development industry. The course will help you understand how to unlock the potential of basketball players and develop them at a higher level. Whether you’re a coach looking to get more out of a player, or a trainer looking to take your basketball business and understanding of the game to the next level, this course will help show you how to do just that and more.

Learn Basketball Player Development & Strategy Techniques

Take a peek at what your 8-week Basketball Player Development online course will cover week by week:

Week 1: Introduction to Basketball Player Development & Strategy
Week 2: Individual Player Development Plans – Why Are They Important?
Week 3: Workout Routines for Young Players and Veterans
Week 4: Developing Players from Draft to Opening Night
Week 5: Game Day Shootarounds and Game Day Prep
Week 6: What to Look For When Watching Game Film
Week 7: In-Season Workouts Vs Post-Season Workouts
Week 8: Jobs in Basketball Player Development / Wrap up

Are you excited yet?

Meet Your Course Mentors

Larry Riley

Larry Riley, who has 30 plus years of experience in the NBA, currently serves as the Assistant to the General Manager of the Atlanta Hawks, a role he has been in since 2018. Before the Hawks, Larry was with the Golden State Warriors as Director of Scouting. Prior, Larry was the General Manager of the Warriors, bringing in top guys such as Stephen Curry 7th overall in 2009, Klay Thompson in 2011 and has since had a hand in the wildly successful 2012 draft that brought the team Harrison Barnes, Festus Ezeli, and Draymond Green. Larry spent three seasons with the Warriors as Assistant Coach and Assistant GM before being promoted to GM in 2009.

Riley arrived at Golden State after spending the previous six seasons (2000-01 thru 2005-06) with the Dallas Mavericks, where he served the last four campaigns as an assistant coach and NBA advance scout. Prior to joining the Mavericks, Riley served a six-year stint (1994-95 thru 1999-00) as the director of player personnel for the Vancouver Grizzlies. In that role, he oversaw the team’s scouting of professional, college and international players and advised the team on all player-related transactions. Riley also spent six years (1988-89 thru 1993-94) with the Milwaukee Bucks organization as an assistant coach and scout. While with the Bucks he was responsible for advance scouting of NBA opponents, CBA, USBL and college scouting. Riley originally broke into the NBA when he was originally with the Bucks in 1988 as a scout and video coordinator.

Before entering the NBA, Riley was the head coach at Eastern New Mexico for ten years from 1978-88, where he developed the program into an NAIA powerhouse and helped the program transition up to NCAA Division II. Riley, who owns 40 years of basketball coaching and administrative experience overall, was also the head coach at Chadron State in Nebraska for two seasons from 1976-78. Additionally, he served assistant coaching stints at Southeast Missouri State (1969-70), Wisconsin-Milwaukee (1970-73), Brevard Community College (1973-74) and Mercer (1974-76).

A 1966 graduate of Chadron State with an honors degree in education, Riley was inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1993. He received a master’s degree in education from Southeast Missouri State in 1970.

Irving Roland

Irving Roland is a longtime basketball coach, player development specialist, player, and basketball trainer. Irv has spent 15+ years in the NBA as an assistant coach and player development coach, with the Hornets, Rockets, Suns, and Celtics. Irv has also built a career as a private trainer, working with NBA players like Lebron James, Kevin Durant, James Harden, Kyrie Irving, and many other elite players. He was even referred to as James Harden’s “Secret Weapon” in an ESPN article from 2019. Irv also works with overseas and youth players, focusing on developing their talent and skills to help bring their game to the next level. He owns his own basketball training company, “Irv Roland Basketball Training International” which was formerly known as “Blueprint Basketball”.

Irv got his start in the NBA in 2004 as a video assistant with the Boston Celtics, and continued to work his way up the coaching chain. Irv then went on to the Hornets, Suns, and finally the Rockets where he ended his NBA coaching career in 2019. Irv continues to work with NBA stars as a private trainer and is working on continually building his private training business for youth, overseas, college, and professional players.

Course Details

Weekly Interactive Zoom Video Chats: A unique aspect of each 8-week course is the opportunity for students to participate in weekly, interactive Zoom video chats with fellow students, Dr. Lashbrook, Larry Riley, Irving Roland, SMWW mentors, SMWW agents, certified agents in all sports, professional athletes, and renowned guest speakers. This is a tremendous opportunity to network within the professional and collegiate sports industry by getting to know your instructors and fellow students personally via the Internet. This allows ample opportunity to network, ask questions, and discuss aspects of the course openly with instructors and fellow classmates. The interactive Zoom video chats are available via any online computer with a microphone. If you are unable to attend the chats, they are archived and you can listen at a more convenient time. These chats are so popular that graduates continue to come back and participate to enhance their opportunities. Sport-specific chats are offered on an ongoing basis.

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. The course content is the foundation for a successful career as a sports agent.

Global Participation: SMWW students participate from over 162 countries. Courses have an international influence and instructors will cater assignments to specific countries or leagues. Countries with economic challenges are eligible for economic discounts.

University Credit Available: For additional fees to Fort Hays State University in Kansas, you may receive graduate or undergraduate university credit for Sports Management Worldwide's courses. Click here for more information.

Sports Career Conferences: Throughout the year, Sports Management Worldwide hosts Sports Career Conferences at a variety of sporting events. These are fabulous networking events that put SMWW alumni in the heart of the action. Opportunities to meet head coaches, gm's, player personnel, scouts, and fellow sports agents are facilitated. Visit SMWW Sports Career Conferences to learn more. SMWW alumni receive discounts.

Advanced Certificates: Want to take your career to the next level? Our Advanced Certificates have been hand-selected by our team of sports industry experts to put you on a path to success. These bundles allow you to take advantage of our biggest discount available, by bundling multiple courses and becoming an expert in that field. Learn more about our Advanced Certificates here.

Military Discount: For those individuals who represent their country in military service, (active, reserve, or retired) we offer a discount. Thank you for serving your country! 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.

Certificate & Resume Reference:

Successful graduates of the SMWW Basketball Player Development & StrategyCourse will be sent an SMWW Certificate of Accomplishment. This represents not only your achievements in the course but also demonstrates your personal commitment to self-improvement and the ability to "self-train" yourself for higher positions within the football industry.

In addition to your certificate, you will be given the stamp of approval by SMWW.

Resume Redesign Service

Acquiring the skills necessary for your dream sports career is only one part of the employment journey. Even with the required skill set, you still have to market yourself properly 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 include your new skills in Basketball Player Development & Strategy, include a reference from Larry Riley, and Irving Roland, and optimize it to reach hiring managers searching online.

We want you to become the next SMWW success story and will go to great lengths to help you get there!


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Prerequisites: Must be 18 or older to participate and have a passion for sports.
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