Roughly 10 miles from the gyrating neon glitz of the Las Vegas Strip, where gamblers hope to seize a more lucrative future by splitting eights and wrestling one-arm bandits, two VCU Rams placed less volatile bets.
The present, and perhaps, futures, of former VCU teammates Juvonte Reddic and David Hinton intersected this week at the Nike LeBron James Skills Academy at the Cashman Center in Las Vegas. Rather than risk the mortgage on roulette, Reddic and Hinton logged long hours on career development.
For Hinton, it was just the latest stop in his summer as an event management intern for Position Sports, which works closely with Nike on its series of basketball summer development camps and other events. Since April, Hinton has zigzagged the country, from Brooklyn to San Diego to Oregon and parts in between. The VCU Center for Sports Leadership graduate, who spent five seasons with the men’s basketball team, helps set up, break down and manage events, which apparently includes fixing a lot of baskets.
“We’ve got a lot of 6-foot-9, 250-pound guys dunking,” he said.
The hours are long and largely anonymous, but Hinton says they’re rewarding. He hopes that down the road, all this will pay off and help him jump start his career.
Reddic likely shares Hinton’s sentiments on resume building this week, albeit for a slightly different career path.