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Basketball season tipped off this week, and this year’s NBA season offers plenty of compelling storylines for even the most casual fan.
And even though most Wall Street executives affiliated with the NBA are best-known for being the owners of pro teams, there’s another big tie-in between the finance sector and the hoops season.
There are a lot of ex-athletes populating the halls of the biggest financial institutions out there.
Here is a list of 32 finance executives who played hoops at some of the top basketball programs in the US.
If we’re missing any big names, please send an email with a quick bio and photo to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Travis Hansen moved in to private equity after playing for the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks.
- Tesani Capital website
After playing college ball at Utah Valley State College and Brigham Young University, Hansen was drafted No. 37 overall in the NBA draft and joined the Atlanta Hawks. He would go on to play basketball in professional European leagues before he retired in September 2011. He launched Tesani Capital in 2013.
Jonathan Berger took his talents to the Windy City after Princeton.
Jonathan Berger spent his college years until 2005 on the Princeton Tigers’ basketball team. After school, he decamped to Chicago, where he became portfolio manager at Alyeska Investment Group, a $4 billion hedge fund.
Melvis Langyintuo joined Goldman Sachs after graduating Skidmore College.
- Skidmore Athletics
Melvis Langyintuo was class president at Skidmore College in New York, and in his senior year he also factored in the Thoroughbreds’ hoops lineup. Today, he’s a global macro trader at Goldman Sachs, after stints at Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan.
Speaking at Skidmore’s commencement in 2012, Langyintuo said: “I feel that a statement by my college basketball coach Joe Burke, at the conclusion of my Skidmore athletic career, captures some important aspects of life’s experiences – especially the past four years at Skidmore College … He said, ‘All things inevitably come to an end … the hardest thing in life is when great things come to an end.'”
Bill Bradley went from a long career on the hardwood and in DC to private equity.
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US Sen. Bill Bradley has had a storied career on and off the hardwood. To New Yorkers, he’s remembered fondly for his role in the New York Knicks’ championship seasons in the 1970s. He also served the state of New Jersey for nearly two decades as a US senator. Today, he’s a senior adviser with private-equity firm Catterton Partners. Bradley is also managing director with Allen and Co. as well.
Pat Lawrence went from the Florida Gators to Morgan Stanley.
Pat Lawrence has spent the last 25 years working with Morgan Stanley’s Capstone Group in Florida, most recently as co-portfolio manager. But before he joined the bank in 1990, he was a Florida Gator – and a legit baller. He earned the Iron Gator Award while there for never missing a game or a practice in four years.
Meghan Herrick joined JPMorgan after her collegiate career.
JPMorgan’s Meghan Herrick graduated from the University of Chicago in 2012 after a standout collegiate career in which she set the Maroons’ all-time mark for most free-throws buried. Now, according to her LinkedIn profile, Herrick is a bank high-net-worth analyst for JPMorgan’s private bank.
After a celebrated NBA career, the San Antonio Spurs’ David Robinson turned to private equity.
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David Robinson graduated the US Naval Academy with a degree in mathematics before joining the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs for a 14-year career that would lead to his being inducted into the league’s Hall of Fame in 2009. Accolades from his career include a league Most Valuable Player award, two league championships, two Olympic Gold Medals and an award given out annually by the league named in his honor. After retiring, he launched Admiral Capital, a private-equity firm.
Corey Crowder spent four years playing in the NBA.
Corey Crowder got his start at Kentucky Weslyan College, which won the 1990 Division II National Championship. After that, Crowder spent four years in the NBA, playing for the Utah Jazz and San Antonio Spurs. He also spent a short stint playing on the Saint Quentin basketball team in France before he found his way into finance. In 2012, he joined Metrix Capital, a private-equity firm, and in September 2015 he joined Solve Capital in California. Today, Crowder’s son Jae plays pro ball for the Boston Celtics.
Citi’s Stephen Trauber played for Rice University in the 1980s.
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In the 1980s, Stephen Trauber played college hoops for Rice University in Texas. But once he got his degree in managerial studies and economics, he decamped for an MBA and, eventually a gig at Credit Suisse First Boston. Today, Trauber is vice chairman and global head of energy in Citigroup’s corporate and investment banking group.
Bobby Tudor III went from Rice’s hardwood to running a top energy boutique bank.
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Bobby Tudor III was one of Trauber’s predecessors at Rice University. A two-time captain of the men’s basketball team and four-year letterman, Tudor would go on to a brief international professional career in Innsbruck, Austria and would later get his law degree from Tulane. After that, it was a long stint at Goldman Sachs before he launched investment bank Tudor, Pickering and Holt in Houston.
Dallas Ouano is now with SumRidge Partners in New Jersey.
During his college days, Ouano ran the point for Villanova’s men’s basketball team – a squad that, at one point, was ranked among the top 10 hoops teams in the nation. He graduated with a finance degree in 2012. These days, according to his profile with SumRidge Partners in New Jersey, he’s busy as a high yield trader/associate.
Magic Johnson’s post-career ventures include his work with a real-estate firm.
Magic Johnson’s collegiate and professional career is cluttered with accomplishments and championships, but it’s his work off the court that would make many Wall Street investors green with envy. He’s backed more than 100 Starbucks stores, a movie-theater chain, and a movie studio and invested in pro=sports franchises, including the Los Angeles Dodgers – in 2012, alongside Guggenheim Partners – and women’s pro team the Los Angeles Sparks.
He also has a seat on the board of Square. He also partnered with Canyon Partners, a real-estate investor, to develop Canyon-Johnson Urban Funds, which invests in diverse communities.
Yale grad Paul Vitelli played pro ball in Italy before heading to Wall Street.
Paul Vitelli worked his way up the ranks of the Yale Bulldogs’ basketball program for three seasons before graduating. After that, he decamped for Milan, where he played professionally until 2007. He spent a few years on Wall Street as a private banking analyst at JPMorgan before returning to school, earning his MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University in 2013, and since then has worked as a consultant with AT Kearney.
Andrew Bloom played D-1 hoops before moving into PE.
- Summit Capital
Andrew Bloom played Division I college hoops in the Western Athletic Conference for the Seattle University Redhawks, where he played until 2005. Now he’s investment strategy director with middle-market private-equity firm Summit Capital Group in Seattle, which he joined in 2008.
Alex Nesbitt joined Goldman Sachs after playing for Harvard Basketball.
Alex Nesbitt was prominently featured in a recent Harvard Crimson piece about its athletes making the transition to the professional realm. No wonder: According to the piece, he’s now employed at Goldman Sachs as an analyst. In Nesbitt’s final year with the program, the Crimson made a trip to the NCAA tournament.
William Jackman did the unthinkable: He quit Coach K’s Duke program.
William Jackman is a senior vice president of investments at UBS. But, in the mid-1980s, he had some serious game. Jackman played at Duke University, rooming with current ESPN analyst Jay Bilas his freshman year before heading to Nebraska University.
In a 2011 interview, he explained his mindset leaving Duke before its basketball program became a household name:
I just wanted to go back closer to the family and brothers … Duke was having a tough year. We had the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation, but the student newspaper at Duke said, ‘Coach K has had his time, that he was a great recruiter but he couldn’t coach.’ So, there was a lot of instability at Duke.
Brady Lipp ran wild as a North Dakota State Bison.
Before his Wall Street career, Brady Lipp enjoyed a lengthy stint in college hoops. He was team captain of the North Dakota State Bison, where he played more than 100 games. Lipp founded Akros Capital in 2003 after working at Credit Suisse and Warburg Pincus and in other Wall Street gigs.
Jesse Wood was an Ivy League standout.
- T3 Advisors
Jesse Wood spent years working at Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan before joining T3 Advisors as a senior vice president. But before that he had some serious game in the late 1990s and early 2000s. At Brown University, he earned the Woody Grimshaw Memorial Award for his defense on the court in 2000 and was named twice to the Academic All-Ivy League.
Mario Mendoza became a financial adviser after leaving the hardwood.
- Wells Fargo
Mario Mendoza racked up accolades in his days playing with the University of Puget Sound Redhawks in Tacoma, Washington. After graduating, he worked for Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch and BancWest/Chase Investments. Today, Mendoza is an assistant vice president with Wells Fargo in Sacramento.
Joe Carrabino still reigns supreme as Harvard’s all-time points-scoring champ.
- AEA Investors
Joe Carrabino was the starting center for Harvard in the 1980s – “a damn good one,” another banking sector colleague says. To this day, he remains Harvard’s all-time leading points scorer, with a tally nearing 1,900. Today, he’s a partner and head of private debt at AEA Investors.
Ben Batory took his talents overseas before heading to Wall Street.
- Ben Batory
Ben Batory is the head of US trading for Franklin Templeton Investments, but in the 1990s he showed off his hoops skills at Brown and Amherst College. He also enjoyed a five-year pro career, spanning from Ireland and Switzerland to Mauritius and Costa Rica. He’s also got some other heavy-hitters of the hardwood working on his desk.
In fact, Franklin Templeton is stacked with hoops talent.
Tyler Neville played college hoops for Boston College from 2003 until 2007, which was a good time to be an Eagle. Now, he’s on Batory’s desk, working as an equity tech trader for Franklin Templeton Investments in San Francisco.
Franklin Templeton’s Baskauskas played pro ball in Denmark before returning to the US.
Brian Baskauskas is another Amherst College hoops alum who made it to Wall Street. First, he took a stop in Denmark, where he played pro ball. He’s with Neville and Batory at Franklin Templeton Investments working as a trader. Here’s a shot of him burying a game-winner.
Jamie Mastaglio is among a number of Princeton Tigers to transition from the court to Wall Street.
- Princeton Basketball
Jamie Mastaglio is still remembered at Princeton University for his role on a team that upset a stacked UCLA program to shock onlookers in the 1996 NCAA March Madness tournament. After college, he tried his hand at international hoops in Italy, but ultimately returned to the New York City area, where he would coach his high-school alma mater. These days, he’s a partner at Cara Castle Partners.
Jason Osier also celebrated Princeton’s upset win over UCLA in 1996.
- Princeton Basketball
Alongside Mastaglio for the 1995 UCLA upset was Jason Osier. Today, he’s a managing director at Nomura Securities. Prior to that, according to his profile, he spent more than nine years with Bank of America and also cofounded an investment firm of his own.
Kirk Crecco played for Dartmouth and internationally before getting into banking
Kirk Crecco spent four years playing college hoops for Dartmouth before heading to Europe, where he would play in Luxembourg and for two British teams. He wrote the book on how to get recruited to play basketball in fact – quite literally, as you can see here. Now, he’s an investment banking analyst with CRT Capital Group.
Nathan Pratt played ball in the NAIA before getting into finance
Nathan Pratt held a key role on Azusa Pacific University’s role in three conference titles and four National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics tournament berths. He spent about five years in San Francisco before heading to Dimensional Fund Advisors in Texas.
John Rogers schooled the NBA’s GOAT after graduating Princeton
John Rogers captained the Princeton Tigers in the 1979-80 season, although his greatest hardwood accomplishment would come years later. For one, he founded Ariel Investments in the early 1980s, where he’s still CEO today. He’s more accomplished on Wall Street than many of our other hoopsters as well: Rogers sits on the board of McDonalds, among others. But he’s got the ultimate bragging rights out of any Wall Street baller: he played, and defeated, NBA legend Michael Jordan in a game of one-on-one, to three points. Granted, Rogers drove the lane and Mike opted to take it easy on offense, putting up a series of outside jumpers, but a win’s a win, especially when it comes against His Airness.
After both playing and coaching professionally, JP Afif became a wealth advisor at Wells Fargo
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JP Afif had some serious game: he played in college for Loyola Marymount, and professionally for the Sacramento Kings in 2002 before heading overseas for stints with teams in Lebanon, Turkey and Italy. He also went on to coach a minor league basketball team in Dallas after his playing days ended. These days, he’s a vice president and wealth advisor with Wells Fargo in Los Angeles.
Sandro Carissimo went from Vermont to Spain to Wells Fargo
Sandro Carissimo was a standout point guard when he attended the Univerity of Vermont, and he would go on to play professionally in Spain with the Oviedo professional team. Today, he’s an investment banking analyst in the industrials coverage group at Wells Fargo in North Carolina.
Nate Walton didn’t follow his father’s footsteps
- Ares Management
It can’t be easy growing up the son of NBA legend Bill Walton and getting ready to take on his legacy in college hoops. Instead of going to a big West Coast school, Nate Walton, his son, headed to Princeton where he played college ball in the late 1990s. Today, he’s back on the West Coast, where he’s a partner with private equity fund Ares.
Griffin McKenzie played in the NCAA tournament before joining Wells Fargo
Griffin McKenzie started his collegiate career off at Xavier University on a team that would make back-to-back NCAA tournaments in 2011 and 2012. He would later transfer to the University of Denver, which won the Western Athletic Conference title in 2013. Today, he is an investment banking analyst with Wells Fargo Securities’ energy coverage team in Houston.
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