#1.Kyndall Dykes (190-SG-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Ukraine) led Hoverla to a double overtime (!!!) victory over the closely-ranked Azovmash (17-7) 107-98 in the Ukrainian Superleague in Friday night's game.
He was MVP of the game. Dykes scored 30 points (!!!) and grabbed 5 rebounds in 39 minutes.
Hoverla Ivano-Frankivsk (14-11) is placed fifth in the Superleague.
His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical.
Dykes has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.2ppg, 5.1rpg, 2.6apg and 1.6spg in the 25 games he played so far.
He attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball. In 2009 Dykes went to the ESL camp in Malaga, Spain playing for Team Naples.
#2.Demarius Bolds (190-G-84, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: Missouri Western, currently plays in Czech Republic) led BC Kolin to a victory over one of league's weakest teams B&W Opava (6-14) crushing them 98-77 in the Czech Republic NBL last Thursday.
Bolds was the best player in that game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 29 points and getting 10 rebounds. Bolds also added 5 assists and 3 steals.
BC Kolin (12-8) is placed fifth in the NBL.
There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
It's Bolds' first season with the team.
Bolds is currently sixth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of most steals (third place).
He has individually a very good season with high stats. Bolds averages: 17.4ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.6apg and 2.3spg.
Worth to mention Bolds played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Five years ago he took part in the ESL camp in Chicago playing for Warsaw.
#3.Jason Conley (196-G-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Missouri, currently plays in Finland), who plays in the Finnish Korisliiga could not help LrNMKY (10-11) in their last game. Despite his very good performance LrNMKY lost 88-96 on the road to the higher-ranked Tampereen Pyrinto.
Conley had a double-double by scoring 32 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 4 assists in 38 minutes.
It was LrNMKY's fifth consecutive loss in a row.
Conley is currently first on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (second place).
He has individually a very good year with high stats. Conley averages: 23.0ppg, 9.8rpg, 3.0apg and 1.8spg in the 21 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. Last year Conley played at the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for Union Monaco.
#4.Jesus Mora (191-G-86, currently plays in Mexico) led Panteras to a victory over the 13th-ranked Guerreros (8-30) crushing them 109-86 in the Mexican LNBP (second division) in Thursday night's game.
He was the top player that evening. Mora recorded 28 points (!!!) and added 4 assists.
Panteras de Aguascalientes (26-12) is placed fifth in the LNBP.
It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
This season Mora averages only 4.0ppg.
He has a dual citizenship: Puerto Rican and Mexican.
He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. In 2012 Mora attended the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for APSE Venice.
#5.Justin Knox (205-F-89, college: N.Carolina, currently plays in Turkey) led Vestel to a victory over the 14th-ranked Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediyesi (6-10) 80-67 in the Turkish TB2L (second division) last Saturday.
He was the top player that evening. Knox recorded 30 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 4 assists in 30 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. Vestelspor Manisa (10-6) is placed eighth in the TB2L.
Knox is currently fifth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best blockers (fifth place).
He has individually a very good year with high stats. Knox averages: 19.1ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.1apg and 1.3bpg in the 16 games he played so far.
Knox played in 2011at the Eurobasket Summer League in Cologne, Germany for Team Munich.
#6.Nate Linhart (201-F-86, college: Akron, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German BBL could not help TBB Trier (9-8) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Linhart's very good performance TBB Trier was defeated 90-76 on the road by the lower-ranked Telekom Baskets (#12).
He recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 10 rebounds.
Linhart belongs to league's most steals and is ranked #5.
He has very reliable stats this season: 10.1ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.6apg and 1.6spg.
He attended four years ago the Eurobasket Summer League camp in Las Vegas.
#7.Olaseni Lawal (208-F/C-86, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Wayne St., MI, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) could not help Tezenis VE (7-7) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Tezenis VE lost 64-69 on the road to the lower-ranked (#12) Prima Veroli.
Lawal had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 15 rebounds in 38 minutes.
Lawal is currently first on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (third place).
This year he has very good stats: 10.8ppg, 13.6rpg, 1.5bpg and 2.1spg in the 14 games he played so far.
Lawal is a naturalized American.
Worth to mention Lawal played also for Team Brussels at the ESL in Las Vegas in 2010.
#8.Allen Durham (198-F-88, college: Grace Bible, currently plays in Israel), who plays in the Israeli National League (second division) could not help Hapoel Afula (9-3) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Durham's very good performance Hapoel Afula was defeated 102-97 on the road by the much lower-ranked Kiryat Tivon (#12).
He recorded a double-double by scoring 32 points and getting 11 rebounds. Durham also added 3 assists.
Durham is the league's top scorer and also on the list of best rebounders (second place).
He has individually a very good season with high stats. Durham averages: 22.8ppg, 13.9rpg, 3.3apg, 1.2bpg and 1.4spg.
He played two years ago at the ESL in Las Vegas for Team Lugano.
#9.Jon Rogers (204-C-84, college: Valdosta St., currently plays in Uruguay) led Union Atletica to a victory over the third-ranked Bigua (20-8) 89-77 in a derby game in the Uruguayan LUB on Monday night.
Rogers was the top player that evening. He recorded 22 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks in 40 minutes.
Union Atletica (19-9) is placed fifth in Capital group.
It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses.
Rogers is currently third on the list of best blockers with 2.1bpg.
This year his other stats are: 11.5ppg and 8.3rpg in the 27 games he played so far.
He attended in 2010 the ESL camp in Atlanta.
#10.Lawrence Blackledge (206-F-86, agency: Top Notch Sports, college: Marquette, currently plays in Japan) was the major contributor in an Iwate Big Bulls' victory against the tenth-ranked Gunma (4-20) crushing them 90-62 in the Japanese BJ League in Sunday night's game.
He recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 12 rebounds. Blackledge also added 4 blocks.
Iwate Big Bulls (18-6) are placed first in Eastern group.
It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row.
Blackledge is ranked second on the list of the best blockers in the league.
He has very solid stats this season: 12.8ppg, 10.2rpg, 2.1apg and 3.0bpg.
Worth to mention Blackledge played also for Team Sevilla at the ESL in Salt Lake City five 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 email@example.com
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