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YOUR BEST LIFE IN BASKETBALL

I empower players and their families to successfully navigate the complexities of the sport and maximize their full potential on and off the court

About
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Over the last 30 years I have worked on nearly every side of the basketball industry’s fence which has given me a front row seat to seeing how confusing and at times terrifying the player transition from college to the professional ranks can be.

I decided to become a certified NBA & FIBA agent so that I could help young men and their families navigate these murky and oftentimes treacherous waters as they look to start their professional careers. I’ve learned a ton and here is how I can help you; I want to walk you through the dos and don’ts and the question and answers as it relates to selecting an agent, learning about the transition to the professional ranks and what to expect in your rookie year and beyond.

 

My mission is to teach you how to educate yourself and make sure to take the proper steps at each and every phase of your career.

About Ronnie

Over the last 30 years, I’ve delivered results in nearly every aspect of the basketball industry, from scouting players and evaluating talent, securing athlete endorsements to selling major corporate sponsorships and developing basketball brands. I started my career with the New York Knicks in basketball operations scouting collegiate talent and creating their first ever overnight camp and Pro Summer League.

In 1994 I joined the team at Harris Publications, investing 15 years conceptualizing, developing, and building SLAM Magazine into the basketball bible that it is today. That experience led me to build XXL Magazine, which became the NO. 1 selling hip-hop magazine worldwide.

In 2009 I joined the NBA as the Vice President of Marketing Partnerships and Brand Development, launching iHoops, a joint youth basketball initiative with the NCAA. As a sports marketing professional/expert I led the development, brand identity, and marketing partnerships with brands like Nike, Adidas, Right Guard, Spalding, and others.

As the president of Clutch Media & Marketing, I led the sports marketing, publishing, TV production and media relations initiatives for colleges/universities, conferences, apparel, beverage, and footwear brands, including numerous Fortune 500 companies.

I founded RZA Sports in 2016 and represent professional basketball players globally, leveraging my varied experience which touches every aspect of the game.

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Talks

Ronnie's Talks

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WORKSHOP

THE COLLEGE TO PRO PROCESS… HOW TO GO FROM STUDENT ATHLETE TO PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE

In this workshop basketball coaches, athletic directors, and administrators can offer their student athletes an in-depth experience where Ronnie shares his knowledge of the college to pro process, including how to select an agent, when and when not to test the NBA waters, the odds of getting drafted, what the undrafted should expect, the rookie NBA Pre-Draft push, it’s transition, and the overseas landscape including Europe and Asia. Ronnie will walk them through a step-by-step process on how to take their athletic career to the next level. Student athletes will gain clarity on what it means to go undrafted and how to prepare for that whether it means playing in the G League, Europe, or Asia. All student athletes will walk away with a personal transition plan based on their basketball skill level and their ultimate goal as a professional.  

 

As a subject matter expert in the professional basketball industry for nearly 30 years, Ronnie will share what to look and listen for, so student athletes feel educated and confident as they strategically prepare for life as a professional basketball player.

KEYNOTE

TAKE THE LEAP FROM COLLEGE TO PRO WITH THESE 5 CRITICAL STEPS

In this talk Ronnie takes you through his 5 critical keys to successfully navigate from college basketball to the pros. You can expect a deep dive into the basketball landscape, how to overcome common fears, and clarity on the right steps to take in order to achieve your goals. He prepares the student athlete for what they are about to embark on when they declare for the NBA Draft and then as they take their skills to the NBA, G League, or overseas. 

 

There are so many factors to consider when making key decisions about leaving college and turning pro and Ronnie doesn’t leave any stone unturned. He walks you through what you need to know both on and off the court and helps set the tone so that you can make informed decisions.  

 

He will help you define and align your goals as this is imperative to the student-athletes success both on and off the court. 

 

These 5 principles are a must-have roadmap to go from a collegiate athlete to a pro.

Testimonials

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“Ronnie’s network in basketball is unparalleled. The extensive network built during his career extends to every facet of the game ranging from the media, collegiate basketball, and the professional ranks in the NBA, G League, and internationally. He harbors a wealth of information and has the background, perspective, and experience to provide counsel on the business of basketball and its direction. Those qualities combined with a relentless work ethic and commitment to servicing his business clients make him a skilled adviser, advantageous to anyone choosing his representation”

Stu Jackson
Associate Commissioner Big East Conference (Former Head Coach of the NY Knicks & Wisconsin Badgers, GM of the Memphis Grizzlies, and Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations at the NBA)

Contact

Contact Me

E: contact@ronniezeidelspeaks.com

P: 917-796-2999

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