The Ultimate Scout School Experience
Make the most of your Scout School experience by applying for one of the Experience Sessions. Each experience has been designed to introduce participants to executives at the highest level in their field. We have created a detailed itinerary to provide an impactful learning experience. No matter what your passion is, the journey into the basketball world starts at Pro Scout School. Follow your dreams and learn from the best in the industry.
President of Basketball Operations
Pritchard, a six-year NBA player, has worked in an NBA front office since 2004 when he was the director of player personnel for the Portland Trail Blazers. In 2007, he was promoted to General Manager. Pritchard is entering his sixth season as GM of the Pacers and now serves as President of Basketball Operations.
Pritchard is the co-founder of the Global Sports Summit, a consortium of owners and leaders from all major sports leagues from around the world. Pritchard is also the bestselling author of the book “Help the Helper; Building a Culture of Extreme Teamwork.”
Demps enters his eighth season with the New Orleans Pelicans after being named the fourth general manager in franchise history. Demps, joined the Pelicans after five seasons with the San Antonio Spurs and three years as the General Manager of the Spurs’ NBA G League affiliate, the Austin Toros. Demps joined the Spurs at the start of the 2005-06 season as Director of Pro Player Personnel and was promoted to Vice President of Basketball Operations in 2010. With the Spurs, Demps won an NBA Championship (2007). Prior to joining the Spurs, Demps worked for the New York Knicks from 2003 to 2005 where he joined the organization as a scout and was promoted to the Director of Pro Player Personnel.
Ronzone is currently the Player Personnel Director for the Dallas Mavericks. From 2008-2013, he was the Director of Scouting for the USA Basketball Olympic Team. In 2012 he became an Olympic Gold Medalist when the USA Basketball team won the Olympics game. He worked with the Minnesota Timberwolves as their Assistant GM/Player Personnel from 2010-2011. From 2005-2010 he was the Director of Basketball Operations for Detroit Pistons. While he was the Director of International Scouting for the Pistons (2001-2005) he became an NBA Champion (2004).
14 Yr NBA Scout
Known in the industry as one of the world’s best talent evaluators, Pete Philo was revolutionary in his fundamental ideas and beliefs in the international “pre-draft” style Eurocamp for nine consecutive years. In those nine years he helped over 82 players enhance their global reputation in front of NBA scouts and General Managers, which enabled them to be selected in the NBA draft. Pete also served as a scout for three different NBA franchises for the previous fourteen seasons (Indiana Pacers, Minnesota Timberwolves and Dallas Mavericks). In addition, Pete most recently was the Director of International Scouting for the Indiana Pacers.
Yahoo Sports NBA
Keith Smith is a salary cap and CBA expert who writes for Yahoo Sports. Smith also hosts the NBA Front Office podcast, which focuses on all things roster building, including player scouting, the NBA Draft, NBA free agency and the NBA Gatorade League. He also covers the Boston Celtics for SBNation’s CelticsBlog and the NBA in general for FanRag Sports. In addition to his basketball work, Smith works for the Walt Disney Company in the field of Workforce Analytics. His focus is on staffing Walt Disney World, home to 70,000+ Cast Members, while staying true to company policies, initiatives and their multifaceted collective bargaining agreement.
Who are the Experiences For?
- Individuals looking to pursue their dream in an NBA Front Office
- Current professionals or students seeking to expand their skill set and network
How will we select the participants?
- The application process is designed to create the best learning experience for all participants
What differentiates the GM Experience from Scout School?
- The GM Experience provides direct introductions to decision makers in the sports industry
- You will receive unparalleled access to top executives to develop relationships
Intimate Learning Experience
Each experience will provide 25 selected participants with the opportunity for roundtable discussions with the top executives in their field.
Unparalleled Access to Top Executives
Sit with presenters to discuss your goals and direction to achieve your desired career path.
Ability to ask questions throughout the two sessions.