#1.Robert Holcomb Faye (185-G-84, college: Radford, currently plays in Holland), who plays in the Dutch Eredivisie could not help Leeuwarden (20-16) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Leeuwarden was edged 74-73 on the road by the second-ranked Leiden.
Holcomb Faye was the top scorer with 25 points. He also added 6 rebounds and 6 assists in 34 minutes.
Holcomb Faye is currently first on the league's list of best passers and also on the list of most steals (fifth place).
He has very reliable stats this year: 12.4ppg, 3.3rpg, 7.2apg and 1.9spg in the 46 games he played so far.
He attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball. In 2008 Holcomb Faye went to the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for Team Brussels.
#2.Akeem Wright (200-SF-84, college: Kansas St., currently plays in New Zealand) led Otago OceanaGold Nuggets to a victory over the seventh-ranked Taranaki MA (2-6) 110-93 in the New Zealand NBL last Saturday.
Wright was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 35 points and getting 10 rebounds. Wright also added 7 assists, 3 blocks and 5 steals.
Otago OceanaGold Nuggets (7-0) are placed first in the NBL.
So far his team won all seven games in the Regular Season.
Wright belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #2.
He has individually a very good season with high stats. Wright averages: 22.4ppg, 7.3rpg, 2.9apg and 2.4spg.
Worth to mention Wright played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Four years ago he took part in the ESL camp in New York playing for Team Kiev.
#3.Emmanuel Little (196-F-85, college: N.Dakota, currently plays in Mexico), who plays in the Mexican CIBACOPA could not help Rayos de Hermosillo (22-5) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the league leader Rayos de Hermosillo was edged 78-76 on the road by the lower-ranked (#4) Fuerza Guinda Nogales.
Little had a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 5 assists in 32 minutes.
Little has relatively good stats this year: 12.8ppg, 5.8rpg and 3.0apg in the 26 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. Five years ago Little played at the ESL camp in Chicago playing for London.
#4.Agnis Cavars (196-F-86, currently plays in Latvia) contributed to Valmiera's victory against the closely-ranked Barons kvartals (21-13) 72-65 in the Latvian LBL in Wednesday night's game.
He scored 9 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BK Valmiera (22-12) is placed first in the LBL.
It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row.
Cavars is currently fifth on the list of best rebounders.
His overall stats this season are: 9.5ppg and 7.6rpg.
He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. In 2011 Cavars attended the ESL camp in Cologne, Germany playing for Team Belgrade.
#5.Bilal Benn (196-G/F-86, college: Niagara, currently plays in Israel) was the major contributor in an Ironi Nes-Ziona's victory against the closely-ranked Hod Hasharon (18-8) 125-119 in the Israeli National League (second division) last Tuesday.
He had a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 12 rebounds. Benn also added 3 assists and 4 steals in 58 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Ironi Nes-Ziona (22-4) is placed first in the National League.
Benn is ranked third on the list of the most steals in the league with 2.7spg.
This year he also averages: 18.2ppg, 9.2rpg and 4.1apg in the 35 games he played so far.
Benn played in 2010at the Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas for Team Zurich.
#6.Jermaine Barnes (194-G/F-82, college: Point, GA, currently plays in UBA) led GIE Maile Matrix to a victory over the Georgia Spartans (12-9) 94-86 in the UBA on Saturday night.
He was the best player in that game. Barnes recorded 35 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 6 assists.
The GIE Maile Matrix has a solid 14-7 record this season.
His team will play only one more game in the UBA Regular Season. And that game will be critical.
Barnes is currently first on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (second place).
He has individually a very good season with high stats. Barnes averages: 27.9ppg, 7.6rpg, 7.0apg and 2.2spg.
Barnes attended two years ago the Eurobasket Summer League camp in Houston.
#7.Phillippe Harris (180-G-85, agency: Athlete Management Group, college: Fayetteville St., currently plays in Mexico), who plays in the Mexican CIBACOPA could not help Pioneros Los Mochis (9-16) in their last game. Despite Harris' very good performance Pioneros Los Mochis lost 83-95 on the road to the second-ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas.
He was the second best scorer with 22 points. Harris also added 7 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 3 balls in 26 minutes.
This year Harris has relatively solid stats: 13.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.3apg and 1.3spg in the six games he played so far.
Worth to mention he played also for Team Munich at the ESL in Salt Lake City in 2008.
#8.Sammy Monroe (198-F-85, college: Newberry, currently plays in Mexico), who plays in the Mexican CIBACOPA could not help Mineros de Cananea (11-16) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Monroe's very good performance Mineros de Cananea was badly defeated 105-88 on the road by the leading Rayos de Hermosillo.
He was the second best scorer with 18 points. Monroe also added 5 rebounds, passed 5 assists and added 2 blocks.
Monroe is currently second on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best blockers (fifth place).
He has individually a very good season with high stats. Monroe averages: 24.8ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.7apg, 1.1bpg and 1.5spg.
He played three years ago at the ESL in Las Vegas for Team Geneva.
#9.Akeem Scott (186-PG-83, college: High Point, currently plays in Venezuela), who plays in the Venezuelan LPB could not help one of league's weakest teams Guaiqueries (19-32) in their last game. Despite Scott's very good performance Guaiqueries was badly defeated 105-87 on the road by the higher-ranked (#7) Trotamundos.
He was the top scorer with 18 points. Scott also added made 4 passes and 4 steals in 25 minutes.
There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
Scott has reliable stats this year: 10.8ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.4apg and 3.6spg in the five games he played so far.
He is a naturalized American.
He attended in 2011 the ESL camp in Las Vegas.
#10.Dwight Thorne (190-PG-88, college: Colorado, currently plays in Croatia) contributed to a 1-point KK Zadar's victory against the fourth-ranked Jolly (7-7) 77-76 in the Croatian A1 in Tuesday night's game.
He scored 8 points.
KK Zadar (11-3) is placed third in Places 1-8 group.
It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row.
They will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And that game will be critical.
Thorne's overall stats this season are: 7.0ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.4apg.
Worth to mention Thorne played also for Team Kiev at the ESL in Las Vegas last year.
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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