Mark Argenziano

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Mark Argenziano is the Director of Scouting of the USBL (United States Basketball League)[1] and has been involved with Professional Basketball's Minor Leagues since 1996. He began as the Shooting Coach for the Portland MoutainCats (USBL) helping two players land NBA contracts. Additionally, he worked with Head Coach Kevin Mackey as the team's Advance Scout. From there he followed Mackey to the Atlantic City Seagulls (USBL), helping them to three consecutive USBL Championships 1997 - 1999 as he served as Advance Scout and Talent Evaluator. In a radio interview, Mackey called him "A terrific shooting coach and an incredible basketball mind."

Minor League Basketball[edit]

In 1999 Argenziano served as a Basketball Consultant for the IBA Champion Mansfield Hawks and IBL power Trenton Shooting Stars. In 2000, Mark became a League Scout for the United States Basketball League. Argenziano rejoined Kevin Mackey with the Florida Sea Dragons (USBL) for the 2001 and 2002 seasons, working as Head Scout (2001) and Assistant Coach (2002). In 2003 he served as the Head Scout for the Mansfield Hawks (UPBL).

In 2003, Argenziano was named Director of Scouting for the USBL. From 2007 - 2010 he held that same position for the Continental Basketball Association (CBA). He is the only person to hold that position for both USBL and CBA.

Throughout the years, Argenziano has consulted with various teams in the D-League, USBL, CBA, IBA, IBL, ABA, PBL, NBL-Canada, and several overseas teams around the world. He is frequently called upon to evaluate at Free Agent Try-Out Camps and is a fixture at both the College Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (PIT) in Portsmouth, VA and the NBA Summer Pro League in Las Vegas, NV where he does talent evaluations on all prospects. Based on his write-ups and recommendations well over 100 players have landed in jobs playing professional basketball.

Argenziano has been a popular guest on Internet Radio Shows and was a major contributor to Nothin But Net, which aired on oursportscentral.com.

Argenziano worked as a television color analyst for the USBL Post Season Festival games from 2004 - 06. He received excellent reviews as a few of those games were broadcast on NBATV in 2004.[citation needed]

His shooting work-out "Argenziano 500" has been used to help players from the professional level down to middle-school level student athletes.[citation needed] Argenziano's foul-shooting teaching expertise is profiled in a chapter in the book Andy Roddick Beat Me With A Frying Pan by Todd Gallagher.[2]

Playing career[edit]

Argenziano had a storied High School Basketball Career at the American School Foundation of Guadalajara in Jalisco, Mexico. He holds the Male Record for Most Career Points (2,981), most three-pointers in a game (17) and Highest Free-Throw Percentage (96.5%). He once scored 60 and 66 points in back-to-back games. Over a season and a half span he made 129 consecutive free throws in game competition.

Argenziano's uniform number 44 was retired by his high school during a ceremony on January 4, 1989.

Education career[edit]

He Graduated from Radford University in 1990 and obtained a Master's Degree in Education from University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Argenziano has been a teacher in the Lawrence Public Schools System in Lawrence, MA since 1990. He specializes in Second Language Acquisition.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gordon, Jacob (November 9, 2010). "USBL Saddened by Strickland's death". USBL. Retrieved 2013-04-24. 
  2. ^ Gallagher, Todd. Andy Roddick Beat Me With A Frying Pan.