Jr. NBA Conference powered by Under Armour

Save The Date: May 24- 26, 2022

The Jr. NBA Conference powered by Under Armour, an annual gathering of the youth basketball community, will take place this year as a three-day virtual forum from May 24-26. The event reinforces the NBA’s commitment to connecting the global youth basketball community and to developing holistic and sustainable programming that positively impacts young people both on and off the court.

The event is free to attend for coaches, program administrators, referees, partners and parents around the world and across all levels of the game who are focused on creating positive change in youth and grassroots basketball.

2022 Jr. NBA Conference powered by Under Armour Schedule

Tuesday, May 24 (@JrNBA Twitter Spaces)

4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Elite Youth Basketball Development
Topics related to the current state of elite youth basketball and the future of the game, including: developing players in the era of social media; fostering positive relationships between parents and coaches while managing expectations; recruiting in the era of NIL

  • Dain Ervin, Talent Evaluator, Basketball Illustrated Reports/Phoenix Suns (Moderator)
  • Larry Hughes, NBA Legend
  • Shell Dailey, Head Coach, IMG Academy
  • Mo Williams, NBA Legend; Head Coach, Jackson State University
  • Tyrese Haliburton, Indiana Pacers

5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.: Girls Basketball
Conversation on all things girls and women’s basketball, including: celebrating the 50th anniversary of Title IX; increasing female leadership in youth sports; Her Time To Play resources and community; the impact of digital and social media on the growth of the game; early season WNBA storylines

  • Ari Chambers, Founder, HighlightHER (Moderator)
  • Chienè Joy Jones, Founder, Grow Our Game
  • Olivia Nelson-Ododa, Los Angeles Sparks

 

Wednesday, May 25 (@JrNBA Facebook & YouTube)

12:00 p.m.: Welcome

  • Dalen Cuff, College Basketball Analyst, ESPN
  • Monica McNutt, Host & Analyst, MSG Networks & ESPN

12:02 p.m.: Opening Tip

  • Cathy Engelbert, WNBA Commissioner

12:12 p.m.: Her Time To Play
Key findings from recent focus groups and insights from a 4-sport athlete on what coaches, organizers and leaders can do to keep girls in the game

  • Dr. Kendra Carr, Chief Program Officer, Girls Leadership
  • Viva Kreis, Her Time To Play Ambassador; Multi-Sport High School Athlete

12:28 p.m.: Growing the Global Game
Panel discussion on the global youth basketball landscape from grassroots through elite development featuring youth perspectives

  • Phaethon Bolton, Jr. NBA (Moderator)
  • Toni Kukoc, NBA Legend
  • Eric Dailey, Jr., IMG Academy
  • Khaman Maluach, NBA Academy
  • Ruben Chinyelu, NBA Academy

1:14 p.m.: Courtside with the Jr. NBA Court of Leaders
NBA star and Jr. NBA Court of Leaders members discuss their youth basketball journeys and their commitment to leadership and social responsibility

  • CJ McCollum, New Orleans Pelicans
  • Curtis Williams, Jr., Jr. NBA Court of Leaders
  • Kanaan Carlyle, Jr. NBA Court of Leaders

1:28 p.m.: Elevate: Jr. NBA Skill Development Session
In–depth skill workout, fun basketball challenges, and interview with Isiah Collier, one of the top high school players in the class of 2023

  • Isaiah Collier, Wheeler High School

1:36 p.m.: Jr. NBA Coaches Corner
Elite coaches at the grassroots and collegiate levels discuss their coaching philosophies, key learnings and perspectives on player and team development

  • Moderated by Dalen Cuff & Monica McNutt, Jr. NBA Coaches Corner Podcast co-hosts
  • Roy Williams, University of North Carolina (Ret.)
  • Adia Barnes, Head Coach, University of Arizona
  • Tomekia Reed, Head Coach, Jackson State University
  • Tucker Neale, President, TFN Camps & Clinics; Run 4 The Roses

2:20 p.m.: The Grind
Get an insider’s look into an NBA player’s workout while also learning about their on and off-court experiences, terminology and process.

  • Devontae Cacok, San Antonio Spurs

2:24 p.m.: Jr. NBA Program of the Year Finalists Announcement

 

Thursday, May 26 (@JrNBA Facebook & YouTube)

12:00 p.m.: Welcome

  • Dalen Cuff, College Basketball Analyst, ESPN
  • Monica McNutt, Host & Analyst, MSG Networks & ESPN

12:05 p.m.: Opening Tip

  • Adam Silver, NBA Commissioner

12:10 p.m.: Raising the Next Gen
Parents offer advice on creating a positive youth sports experience for all children, understanding your child’s goals, developing their interests beyond the game and navigating the landscape

  • Marti Reed, Director, National Partnerships, Positive Coaching Alliance (Moderator)
  • Jason Richardson, NBA Legend, Parent
  • Jackie Paul, Parent
  • Marcia Walker, Parent

12:56 p.m.: Jr. NBA Coaches Corner
Elite coaches at the grassroots and collegiate levels discuss their coaching philosophies, key learnings and perspectives on player and team development

  • Moderated by Dalen Cuff & Monica McNutt, Jr. NBA Coaches Corner Podcast co-hosts
  • Phil Martelli, Assistant Coach, University of Michigan
  • Tamika Dudley, Head Coach, Sidwell Friends School (D.C.); Naismith Girls High School Basketball Coach of the Year

1:33 p.m.: Good Call: Respect for the Game
Understanding the role and importance of officials in growing the game; building positive relationships between referees and parents, coaches, players and fans

  • Marti Reed, Director, National Partnerships, Positive Coaching Alliance (Moderator)
  • Brenda Hilton, Founder & CEO, Officially Human
  • Gary Zielinski, Director, Youth & Amateur Officiating, NBA

2:23 p.m.: The Path Forward with General Martin E. Dempsey

  • Retired General Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman, USA Basketball & Jr. NBA Leadership Council

Jr. NBA at Home Workout

  • Aaron Wiggins, Oklahoma City Thunder