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Adelaide 36ers Director Of Scouting Theodore Chan Aspires To Be A Positive Influence With His Unique Approach

Theodore Chan | Director of Scouting | Adelaide 36ers

Accomplishing a legacy that will be remembered for the sustainable winning culture I build with my teams and its positive influence on other people and sports.

Theodore Chan

Director of Scouting

Adelaide 36ers

× The interview with Theodore Chan was conducted via a typed conversation. Editing changes were made to make it easier to read while maintaining the voice of the interview.

Give us a brief background on yourself and how you got into the sports industry and more specifically, into scouting?

I used to play basketball and sports at a young age like most people in this industry once did. I knew I wanted to stay involved in basketball even if I’m not playing anymore. Basketball was my biggest passion since I was around 11 years old.

Fast forward, I got into Kinesiology at the University of Toronto. With all honesty, I didn’t know how an internship worked during my first year of university.

I had a natural feel for player analysis and knew I wanted to be part of professional basketball management.

I began to seek out potential opportunities and was advised by starting with the men’s basketball team at my university, so I reached out to the Head Coach John Campbell.

Luckily enough, I was provided an opportunity to be a video coordinator and handled a good amount of responsibilities.

I continued to expand my network and was driven for more experience at various levels, all while spending hours on basketball films and in the gym.

I, then, got to work with professional teams internationally as well as the Canadian men’s national team. All this happened while I was a student or as a recent graduate.

While most of my opportunities involve areas like analytics, coaching, and administrative responsibilities, I developed my niche in player scouting (analysis, recruiting, roster construction).

You hold a lot of positions currently — Director of Scouting for the Adelaide 36ers in the NBL Australia, Director of Prospect Strategy for the Ottawa Blackjacks in the CEBL, and you founded Global Visions Scouting Service. With all of these on your plate, what does a typical day look like for you and how do you manage all these different roles?

A typical day always involves a mix of games (in-person and/or video), phone calls/meetings, plannings, and evaluations of my teams and opponents.

As basketball has off-season, pre-season, and in-season, I find it easy to balance the multiple positions I have.

An example would be CEBL is in-season while Australia NBL is in off-season.

At the end of the day, there are many similarities in these jobs and it’s all basketball-related so I don’t feel uncomfortable managing them.

What inspired you to establish the Global Visions scouting service and what do you envision the service to become in the next three to five years?

I grew up in Hong Kong and Toronto, two of the most multicultural cities in the world.

I really like the international aspect of basketball and life overall, so having a scouting service that covers talents internationally is a no-brainer.

Being able to help players get recruited by college and professional teams is also a fulfilling pleasure in itself.

While Global Visions may not be my only venture, I envision the service continues to expand its global reach (with covid travel restrictions ease) and become one of the premier services in its rank in the next three to five years.

Who in the sports industry do you look up to and why?

Masai Ujiri is one of the people I look up to the most in the sports industry.

His vision is quite inclusive and innovative in everything related to running a winning sports franchise, from scouting to staff hiring to using their platform to raise awareness.

When I construct my philosophy, I try to take into account as many factors and potentials as possible just like he’s been doing with the Toronto Raptors, leaving no stones unturned while doing things differently than everyone does.

Similar to Masai, I understand whom I may represent and how I can influence the next generation so that’s extra motivation for me to achieve at the highest level.

His success reinforces my drive to pursue this unconventional career. Derrick Rose is also another figure I looked up to at a young age for the injuries and struggles he has dealt with for a career comeback.

What is it that you ultimately want to accomplish in the sports industry?

Accomplishing a legacy that will be remembered for the sustainable winning culture I build with my teams and its positive influence on other people and sports.

While winning championships is important, it’s as valuable to build something long-lasting in our community and beyond.

Michael Anthony Cruz Michael's Final Thoughts

Theodore Chan, Director of Scouting for the Adelaide 36ers, has been in the basketball scouting space over the last three years. Having grown up in multicultural cities like Hong Kong and Toronto, Theodore aims to find international talent across the globe and get them recognized and recruited by college and professional basketball teams alike. With stints in various professional teams across the globe, he hopes to become a positive influence while valuing the importance of community. It’s easy to identify Theodore’s passion for what he does. And he made sure to make it happen by improving and working on his craft while gaining more experience along the way.

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