#1.Jayson Granger (186-G-89, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help Asefa Estudiantes (4-3) in their last game. Despite his good performance Asefa Estudiantes lost 68-83 on the road to the higher-ranked (#7) CAI Zaragoza.
Granger was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 5 assists in 30 minutes.
But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen.
It's Granger's seventh year with the team.
Granger has relatively good stats this season: 13.6ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.4apg in the seven games he played so far.
He has a dual citizenship: Uruguayan and Italian.
He attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball. In 2010 Granger went to the ESL camp in New York playing for Team Budapest.
#2.Jeremy Allen (193-G-88, college: FIU, currently plays in Cyprus) was the major contributor in Omonia's victory against the closely-ranked Etha (2-2) 94-90 in a derby game in the Cypriot Division A last Saturday.
Allen scored 25 points; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his first season in pro basketball. Papa Johns Omonia Nicosia (3-0) is placed second in the Division A.
So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season.
But the season just started, so everything may happen.
Allen is currently first on the list of top scorers.
He has individually a very good season with high stats. Allen averages: 27.3ppg, 2.7rpg and 3.0apg.
Worth to mention Allen played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Last summer he took part in the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for Team Helsinki.
#3.Kyndall Dykes (190-SG-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Ukraine) led Hoverla to a victory over the closely-ranked Ferro-ZNTU (9-4) 100-85 in the Ukrainian Superleague on Friday night.
He was MVP of the game. Dykes recorded 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in 35 minutes.
Hoverla Ivano-Frankivsk (8-5) is placed sixth in the Superleague.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
Dykes has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.4ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.8apg and 1.2spg in the 13 games he played so far.
He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Three years ago Dykes played at the ESL camp in Malaga, Spain playing for Team Naples.
#4.Christopher Hayes (206-F-87, college: Detroit Mercy, currently plays in Uruguay) led Aguada to a victory over the 13th-ranked Atletico Welcome (5-11) 72-63 in the Uruguayan LUB in Wednesday night's game.
Hayes was the best player in that game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 29 points and getting 12 rebounds. Hayes also added 2 blocks.
Atletico Aguadais placed first in Capital group.
It's Hayes' first season with the team.
He has individually a very good year with high stats. Hayes averages: 17.9ppg, 9.3rpg and 1.9apg.
Hayes is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. In 2009 he attended the ESL camp in Chicago playing for Team London.
#5.Mike St.John (203-F/C-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: La Salle, currently plays in EuroChallenge) led his Romanian team Gaz Metan to a 2-point victory over the 13th-ranked TU/Rock (5-11) 70-68 in the EuroChallenge last Tuesday.
St.John was the top player that evening. He scored 17 points in 31 minutes.
CS Gaz Metan Medias (2-0) is placed first in group D.
There are only four games left until the end of the EuroChallenge Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
This year St.John has relatively solid stats: 15.0ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.5spg in the two games he played so far.
He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.
#6.Vernon Goodridge (206-F-84, college: La Salle, currently plays in Ukraine), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague could not help Khimik (9-3) to beat DniproAzot (4-8).
Goodridge recorded 8 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocks.
Khimik was defeated 83-78 on the road by the much lower-ranked DniproAzot (#10).
It was Khimik's first loss after three consecutive victories.
Goodridge's overall stats this season are: 9.1ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.9bpg.
He attended two years ago the Eurobasket Summer League camp in Las Vegas.
#7.Demarius Bolds (190-G-84, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: Missouri Western, currently plays in Czech Republic), who plays in the Czech Republic NBL could not help BC Kolin (6-4) in their last game. Despite Bolds' very good performance BC Kolin lost 84-88 on the road to the lower-ranked (#10) Levharti Chomutov.
He had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 10 rebounds in 31 minutes.
Bolds is currently ninth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of most steals (third place).
He has individually a very good year with high stats. Bolds averages: 15.8ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.6apg and 2.5spg in the 10 games he played so far.
Worth to mention he played also for Warsaw at the ESL in Chicago in 2008.
#8.Brad Reese (199-F-88, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Czech Republic), who plays in the Czech Republic NBL could not help BK Usti nad Labem (3-8) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Reese's very good performance BK Usti nad Labem was defeated 85-74 on the road by the much higher-ranked BK Decin (#3).
He recorded a double-double by scoring 35 points and getting 12 rebounds. Reese also added and 3 steals.
Reese belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #4.
He has individually a very good season with high stats. Reese averages: 18.2ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.6spg.
He played last year at the ESL in Houston for Team Dubai.
#9.Travis Gabbidon (201-F, college: UTSA, currently plays in Mexico) was the major contributor in Guerreros' victory against the league outsider Gigantes (2-20) 103-91 in the Mexican LNBP (second division) on Saturday night.
Gabbidon had a double-double by scoring 28 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 5 assists in 40 minutes.
Guerreros de Guerroro Cumple (0-15) is placed fourth in the LNBP.
Gabbidon belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #7 with 20.2ppg.
This year his other stats are: 7.7rpg, 2.4apg and 1.4spg in the 21 games he played so far.
He attended in 2012 the ESL camp in Las Vegas.
#10.Stephan Walton (178-G-87, college: Valdosta St., currently plays in Canada) led Manitoba University to a victory over the Bobcats (1-3) 81-63 in the Canadian university league CIS in Saturday night's game.
He was the top player that evening. Walton scored 29 points (!!!), grabbed 6 boards, passed 7 assists and added 4 steals.
The Manitoba University has 2-2 record this season.
But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen.
Walton belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #4) and also on the list of best passers (third place).
He has individually a very good season with high stats. Walton averages: 22.5ppg, 5.3rpg, 6.0apg and 2.5spg.
Worth to mention Walton played also for Team Russia at the ESL in Atlanta two years ago.
The 2016 Los Angeles Eurobasket Summer League opened up the winter season Saturday November 12th with our Skills and Athleticism portions of the combine. All players are available immediately. Videos are broken up by Group and Station Work. Skill Tests and Drills Performed: Shooting: Spot up (Mid Range and 3's), Dribble Pull Ups, Shots of Screens, Post Work Athleticism: Vertical Jump, 3/4 Sprints, Full Court Sprints, Lane Agility, and Lateral Speed Situational: 3 on 2, 2 on 1 Tran... [read more]
The 2016 Los Angeles Eurobasket Summer League opened up the winter season Saturday November 12th with our Skills and Athleticism portions of the combine. All players are available immediately. Videos are broken up by Group and Station Work.
Skill Tests and Drills Performed:
Shooting: Spot up (Mid Range and 3's), Dribble Pull Ups, Shots of Screens, Post Work
Athleticism: Vertical Jump, 3/4 Sprints, Full Court Sprints, Lane Agility, and Lateral Speed
Situational: 3 on 2, 2 on 1 Transition, Miami Transition, One on One defense, and 3 on 3 competition
The Eurobasket Summer League is entering it's 10th year in existence helping aspiring basketball players an opportunity to show they can play at the professional level. The Summer League has had 3 Directors over that 10 year period (Darryl Reshaw, Chris Warren, and the current Director Dustin Simcox) that have helped secure over 1,000 contracts in 78 different countries! By far the most successful exposure camp across the globe. With so much success we have never spotlighted our players t... [read more]
The Eurobasket Summer League is entering it's 10th year in existence helping aspiring basketball players an opportunity to show they can play at the professional level. The Summer League has had 3 Directors over that 10 year period (Darryl Reshaw, Chris Warren, and the current Director Dustin Simcox) that have helped secure over 1,000 contracts in 78 different countries! By far the most successful exposure camp across the globe. With so much success we have never spotlighted our players that went on to the professional level. Every Sunday moving forward we will post the stories of two former Summer League participants and their current successes overseas. We hope these stories will motivate other players to chase their dreams of becoming professional athletes.
Player 1: Cameron Naylor (201-F-94, college: Texas St.), Texas State University, 2016 Las Vegas Summer League Attendee.
Naylor a 6'7 Forward came to the Las Vegas Summer League from Texas State University. As a senior at Texas State in 2015/16 averaged 9.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg, and shot 45% from the 3 point line. Originally from Jacksonville, FL, Naylor went to the University of North Florida where as a freshman he only averaged 1.5 ppg in very limited playing time. Which lead to his transfer to Tallahassee Community College in Florida where he made got his first significant taste of college basketball. He had a successful sophomore campaign where he averaged 12.8 pts, 5.3 reb, but only shot 28% from 3. In his junior year at Texas State he was a member of the starting five and averaged 8.2 ppg and 4.9 rpg. A symbol of consistency gave him the opportunity he needed to get a shot. Cameron was given his first pro opportunity for UBSC Graz in Austria where so far through 3 games he is averaging 12.3 pts and 10.7 reb. His last two games have been double-doubles against Vienna (10 pts, 12 reb) and Oberwart (19 pts, 11 reb). We are looking forward to following Cameron throughout his rookie season.
Player 2: Kazembe Abif (201-F, college: Drexel), Drexel University, 2016 Portsmouth Summer League Attendee
Abif, another 6'7 Forward that came through the ESL system from Drexel University attended the 2016 Portsmouth Summer League. Kazembe showed resilience and growth over his four years at Drexel Univ. The Elizabeth, NJ native only saw action in 19 games as a freshman averaging 1.6 ppg and 1.2 rpg. Slowly but surely those numbers began to rise as his sophomore year improved to 4.4 ppg and 3.4 rpg while his junior season raised to 7.2 ppg and 6.6 rpg. He finally cracked the starting lineup on a consistent basis his senior year in 2015/16 as he played in 31 games averaging 9.3 ppg and 7.0 rpg. He came to the Summer League in Portsmouth eager to show what he could do. "Kazembe was a tweener at the forward position as he was a bit undersized to play the 4, but his strength gave him the ability to battle on the inside and penetrate to the basket against bigger opponents. He was willing to do whatever needed to be done," Dustin Simcox said. In two games at the Summer League he averaged 12.5 ppg and 4.5 rpg. Abif is getting his first opportunity in Germany for Vechta. He had his first game last week in which he contributed 23 pts, 6 reb, and knocked down 3 of 5 perimeter jump shots. Again, like Cameron Naylor, we are looking forward to watching Kazembe's career grow.
The end of September marks the beginning of many leagues in the European market meaning that most teams have fulfilled their signing objectives at this current time. However, that does not mean if you are unsigned that you will have to sit out the entire 2016/2017 season. Throughout the European season their will be players that unfortunately get injured, under perform expectations, or simply do not enjoy the international lifestyle. When these instances happen, the players will be sent h... [read more]
The end of September marks the beginning of many leagues in the European market meaning that most teams have fulfilled their signing objectives at this current time. However, that does not mean if you are unsigned that you will have to sit out the entire 2016/2017 season. Throughout the European season their will be players that unfortunately get injured, under perform expectations, or simply do not enjoy the international lifestyle. When these instances happen, the players will be sent home and their respective clubs will be looking for replacement players to finish the season. These are opportunities that will go to currently unsigned players.
There are also many countries that have leagues that start later in the year such as Canadian, South American, and Australian leagues. These are teams that are still looking for players and can only be filled by currently unsigned players. So just because you may be unsigned at this point does not mean their will not be other opportunities presenting themselves in the coming months. You need to stay in the gym and stay ready for whenever your number is called to join a team and help them immediately.
There are several ways that you can enhance your opportunity to be picked up in these open positions. You can obviously stay close with an agent and hope they have the connections to make it happen, you can sign up for the job market on Eurobasket and see which jobs open up, or you can attend one of the Eurobasket Summer League Winter events. ESL has been one of the top exposure events (if not the best) exposure events in the last 10 years. We have produced almost 1,000 contracts for players in that time frame and work side-by-side Eurobasket.com and the many opportunities that they bring (such as the Job-Market, Make-it-Pro, etc). Also by attending a ESL event gives you an opportunity to play on one of the ESL Tour Teams that heads across the water to play professional teams. Our most recent Tour Team played in Germany this past summer going 9-1 against all professional teams.
We have 3 Winter ESL events for you to choose from:
November 12-13 in Los Angeles, CA December 3-4 in Chicago, IL December 10-11 in Atlanta, GA
You may ask which one is the best one to go to? All of them are structured identically and have the same benefits. The only difference would be the dates. Los Angeles will give players a longer period to get signed as that event is in Mid November. The longer the period of being seen, the more opportunities there are to be had. However, there is a disadvantage to attending Los Angeles in compared to Chicago or Atlanta. For Chicago and Atlanta you would have more time to prepare to be game ready and show you can compete immediately. So as a player you must decide: A) Do you need more time to prepare or B) Do I want the longest possible time to be seen? When you answer that question is when you know which one to attend.
If you have any questions, please contact Eurobasket Summer League Director Dustin Simcox at firstname.lastname@example.org
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