Over the past 20 years, TPG’s management and Board of Directors have been successfully involved in basketball at the highest level as NBA management, scouts, coaches and personnel. We take pride in the experience and relationships we’ve established over the years, which allows us to execute many successful global sporting events.
Over the past five years, we have successfully hosted events featuring the biggest names in the sports industry. Pro Scout School, Sports Tank and the Extra Mile Beach Retreat have been instrumental in educating the future leaders of tomorrow.
President – TPG Sports Group
- 14 year NBA scout (Mavericks, Timberwolves, Pacers)
- Director of Scouting
- Director of Player Personnel
- Director of International Scouting
- Organized and facilitated 8 NBA draft rooms
- A significant part of the NBA draft process for over 100 players drafted into the NBA
- Scouted and evaluated talent in 75 different countries
- Founder & Director of Reebok/ Adidas Eurocamp (2003-2011)
- 82 players drafted into the NBA
- GM & Asst. Coach of Chinese National Team (2009-2012)
- 2012 London Olympics
- 2011 Asian Championships (Gold Medal)
- Asst Director of 2003 Global Games (Dallas, TX)
- Played 7 years professionally
- Denmark, Lebanon, Poland, Croatia, Iceland, IBL
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).
Fran Fraschilla joined ESPN as a college basketball analyst in 2003. Fraschilla also provides commentary for the NBA Draft, the FIBA Basketball World Cup and has covered the NBA and high schools basketball. Fraschilla coached at the collegiate level for 23 years, posting an overall record of 175-100. Head Coach at New Mexico, St. Johns and Manhattan College. When he joined ESPN, he ranked as the 34th winningest active coach in men’s college basketball. His teams made eight post-season appearances in nine years, including three NCAA Tournaments (1993, 1995 and 1998).
Pure Sweat Basketball
Drew Hanlen is the CEO of Pure Sweat and an NBA Strategic Skills Coach & Consultant that counts Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards), Andrew Wiggins (Minnesota Timberwolves), Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers), Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics), Jordan Clarkson (Los Angeles Lakers), Zach LaVine (Minnesota Timberwolves), David Lee (San Antonio Spurs) & countless other NBA stars as full-time clients.
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.
Mills is currently in his fourth year as a scout for the Philadelphia 76ers. Before joining the Sixers in 2014, he was the Head Video Coordinator of the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA G League. Prior to his time in the G League Danny spent many years in international basketball, first coaching at Orlandina Basket (Italy) for two years then Sigma Basket Barcelona (Itlay) for a year. Mills has a great knowledge of international basketball, growing up in Australia and also spending his first two years with the 76ers as an International Scout.
15 year NBA Advance Scout
Zipfel spent 15 seasons as an NBA Advance Scout and Assistant Coach, including two as an advance scout with the Chicago Bulls under head coach Tom Tibodeau. Prior to his stint with the Bulls, Zipfel spent four seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves in the same capacity. He also was a member of the coaching staff for the Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers. Houston General Manager Daryl Morey said Zipfel was a “secret weapon” in the Rockets’ first-round playoff series victory in 2009, their first playoff series win in more than a decade. “We felt like we were a little tick ahead because we had Pat Zipfel on the bench,” said Morey. Zipfel was considered “one of the sharpest strategic minds in the NBA” and ESPN.com said Zipfel’s peers rate him “one of the league’s best” advanced scouts.Pat Zipfel is currently a Head Coach with Division II, Mansfield.