Carl Berman – Managing Partner
Carl has over 30 years of business, financial and operational management experience as well as significant experience in the basketball industry. In addition to finance he has long term experience in contract administration, negotiation and marketing. He holds degrees from the University of Rhode Island and the University of Southern California and earned an MBA certificate from the Tuck Business School at Dartmouth College.
Carl oversees all Media and Business operations for NetScouts Basketball. He scouts college basketball extensively on the west coast, mainly the Pac-12, and takes several scouting trips to the east coast each season that includes coverage of prep school events and high school All-Star events. Carl is NetScouts Basketball’s representative in our partnership with Universal Hoops LLC, in organizing and managing the National Prep School Invitational, the oldest prep school tournament in the nation, held each February in Rhode Island.
Carl is one of the top experts on International Basketball in the country and has been a featured columnist for over a decade on International Basketball for Basketball Times. For eight years he coordinated all the international NBA draft profiles for Turner Broadcasting on NBA.com. Carl is an excellent in talent evaluation and has worked representing overseas teams. He is a member of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) and has had his work featured in a host of publications and websites. Prior to starting NetScouts, Carl was the General Manager as well as Interim Head Coach and Assistant Coach for the Eugene Chargers of the International Basketball League.
Chris Denker – Managing Partner & Director of Scouting
Chris has a wealth of experience in the basketball industry accumulating over 30 years as a coach, scout, advance scout, video editor, clinician, consultant, writer, and administrator. Chris Denker is a 14 year veteran of NCAA Division I basketball coaching. He was a highly successful Head Coach of the Santa Clara University and Colorado State University women’s teams. In five seasons as Head Coach he amassed 96 wins and his teams reached post-season tournaments in four of those five seasons including one NIT Final Four. He was part of 5 WCC championships in 9 seasons with Santa Clara.
Chris has coached professionally and internationally, serving as Head Coach and Director of Operations for the Eugene Chargers of the International Basketball League. He was selected as one of the Head Coaches of the 2007 IBL All-Star game. Chris spent the 2008 season abroad as Consulting Director and Coach of the Barnet BBC, London. Chris has coached in China, Europe, and all around the world including clinics in Puerto Rico and tournaments in Barcelona, Spain and Havana, Cuba.
Chris runs Denker Basketball Academy (DBA Drive) in San Jose, CA as well as his NetScouts duties. Besides coaching his DBA Drive teams, camps, clinics, and 3v3 league, he also coaches at Bellarmine College Prep high school in the Silicon Valley. He has also conducted numerous camps and clinics throughout the USA. He has been an individual skill development instructor for male & female players at all levels, from high school to college as well as professional athletes. He specializes in shooting, footwork, and offensive skill/position development and worked with individuals, groups, teams, and large enrollment camps. He also provides consulting to coaches regarding playbook, scouting, video, and game planning.
Simeon Marinov – Director of European Scouting
Simeon has worked as a European Scout for NetScouts Basketball and recently was named our Director of European Scouting. Prior to joining NetScouts Basketball, Simeon was involved in all areas of Bulgarian youth basketball. His work for NetScouts includes scouting major European youth tournaments, helping produce our recruiting service publications and reaching out to players to determine their interest for college in the USA. Simeon is a graduate of the NetScouts Basketball / Sports Management Worldwide Basketball Scout Apprenticeship program.
NetScouts Basketball utilizes a network of regional scouts located in all areas of the United States and international scouts located around the world. All of our scouts have basketball playing, coaching, and/or administrative experience and have been trained to judge talent appropriately.
Since our scouts are located across the United States, we can produce scouting reports on all collegiate and post-collegiate U.S. players who we feel have the capability to play professionally at any level, either within the United States or internationally. Our international scouts provide a cost effective review of all international players ages 20 and under who may be available to play collegiately in the United States or on a professional international team.
NetScouts Basketball provides internship opportunites, as well as a Scout Apprenticeship Program which is conducted with Sports Management Worldwide, for recent college graduates in sports marketing, business or related fields of study. Interns are assigned specific projects in functions they are interested in. The assignments are structured and can provide valuable experience in breaking into the sports industry. If you are interested in learning more about our ongoing internship opportunities, or the Scout Apprenticeship Program, please contact us today.