• The relationships and connections you make likely won’t help you short-term, but they can help you long-term.
  • You should find a way to spend as much time as you can with people you don’t know.
  • You can sleep 6 comfortably in any hotel room.
  • Go to the games if you can, no matter where you sit – it’s just a special feeling when you walk into that building.
  • If you want to connect with people, you better make plans to do it ahead of time, or you’ll end up in the same Irish Pub with the same 3 guys you work Hoop Group Showcases with every Spring.
  • Get into the Pumps party if you can – it’s on another level.
  • Wear a suit at least one day – just to keep people guessing.
  • Don’t go too hard the first night, you’ll have trouble getting back to normal before the weekend is out.
  • I’m not sure why the NABC is charging young coaches so much in dues to be members.
  • Veteran move – make sure you have Visine in your toiletries.
  • Breath mints are a good idea too.
  • Getting a small group of coaches from different backgrounds together to talk about a few hoop topics is really valuable – and easy to pull off.
  • Get up early – you can connect with a lot of people before noon. Set up breakfast meetings with people you want to see before you get out there.
  • There’s no reason to have it in a cold weather city. Alternating between San Antonio and New Orleans works for everyone.
  • If you see a high level coach or a famous actor on the street, ask them for a picture, and then give them your camera and throw your arms around your buddies and pose – they’ll get a good laugh out of it.
  • Don’t be the guy that could barely stand up at the party – they’ll be talking about you in basketball offices for a full year.
  • It’s worth it being downtown.
  • Very little positive is going to happen at Steak N Shake.
  • Go home on Monday if you can – everything slows down on Sunday and it’s a good day to relax and connect with people.
  • Lower your expectations. You aren’t going to get a job. But you can start to build and cultivate relationships that will help you down the road.
  • Get to the right clinics – some are useless, but the right ones are really valuable.
  • I’m not sure the long line to Howl At The Moon is ever worth it.
  • The D3 guys know how to have a good time.
  • Wear your sport coat on the plane on the way out so you don’t have to fold it up into a your carry on.
  • You aren’t required to wear something with your school logo on it.
  • When it is in New Orleans, find the Tulane bars. They know what they are doing.
  • Be intentional about who you want to see ahead of time.
  • Make it as convenient as you can for those you want to see – be “in the neighborhood” so you can bump into the right people.
  • People will be generous with their time if you are prepared and you have a purpose – and you are willing to ask.
  • The less you tell people about your potential next move the better. If you have something going on, keep it quiet.
  • It’s really just a big Bud Light and sweatsuit convention.
  • You’ll leave telling yourself it’s probably not worth it, but you know you’ll be back.

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