#1.Sammy Monroe (198-F-85, college: Newberry, currently plays in Mexico) led Mineros de Cananea to a victory over the second-ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (23-9) 107-96 in the Mexican CIBACOPA in Saturday night's game.
He was MVP of the game. Monroe recorded 39 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 5 assists in 38 minutes.
Mineros de Cananea (14-18) is placed seventh in the CIBACOPA.
Monroe is currently second on the list of top scorers and also on the list of most steals (fifth place).
He has individually a very good year with high stats. Monroe averages: 25.2ppg, 6.4rpg, 3.2apg and 1.6spg in the 32 games he played so far.
He attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball. In 2010 Monroe went to the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for Team Geneva.
#2.Emmanuel Little (196-F-85, college: N.Dakota, currently plays in Mexico) led Rayos de Hermosillo to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon (13-19) 74-66 in the Mexican CIBACOPA last Tuesday.
He was the best player in that game. Little recorded 26 points (!!!) and grabbed 7 rebounds.
Rayos de Hermosillo (26-6) is placed first in the CIBACOPA.
It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
Little has relatively good stats this season: 12.9ppg, 5.5rpg and 3.0apg.
Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Five years ago Little took part in the ESL camp in Chicago playing for London.
#3.Akeem Wright (200-F/G-84, college: Kansas St., currently plays in New Zealand) led Otago OceanaGold Nuggets to a 2-point victory over the fifth-ranked Hub Jets (6-5) 95-93 in the New Zealand NBL on Saturday night.
He was the top player that evening. Wright had a double-double by scoring 28 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 5 assists in 35 minutes.
Otago OceanaGold Nuggets (10-1) are placed first in the NBL.
Wright is the league's top scorer with 21.8ppg.
This year his other stats are: 8.2rpg, 3.3apg and 1.8spg in the 11 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. Four years ago Wright played at the ESL camp in New York playing for Team Kiev.
#4.Dwight Thorne (190-PG-88, college: Colorado, currently plays in Croatia), who plays in the Croatian A1 could not help KK Zadar (11-3) to beat Cibona (12-2).
Thorne scored 8 points.
The third-placed KK Zadar was badly defeated 101-83 on the road by the leading Cibona in the Places 1-8 group.
Thorne's overall stats this season are: 7.0ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.3apg.
Thorne is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. In 2012 he attended the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for Team Kiev.
#5.Justin Griffin (194-G/F-83, college: Hawaii-Hilo, currently plays in Mexico), who plays in the Mexican CIBACOPA could not help one of league's weakest teams Fuerza Guinda Nogales (15-17) in their last game. Despite Griffin's very good performance Fuerza Guinda Nogales lost 81-86 on the road to the higher-ranked (#4) Tijuana Zonkeys.
He was the second best scorer with 17 points. Griffin also added 4 rebounds and 5 assists in 36 minutes.
It was Fuerza Guinda Nogales' third consecutive loss in a row.
This year Griffin has relatively solid stats: 14.3ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.2apg in the 11 games he played so far.
He is a naturalized American.
He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.
#6.Garrius Holloman (198-F-89, college: Beth.-Cookman, currently plays in New Zealand) was the major contributor in an Advice First Waikato Pistons' victory against one of league's weakest teams James Blond Super City Rangers (1-9) 94-80 in the New Zealand NBL on Sunday night.
He scored 23 points and grabbed 9 rebounds; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Holloman's third season in pro basketball. Advice First Waikato Pistons (1-10) closes the standings in the NBL.
But the situation may improve as they ended a series of ten consecutive loses.
There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
Holloman has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 19.3ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.8apg and 2.0spg.
Holloman attended last year the Eurobasket Summer League camp in Las Vegas.
#7.Nicholas Covington (188-G-85, college: Oklahoma City, currently plays in Colombia), who plays in the Colombian DPB could not help Bucaros (12-8) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Bucaros (#2) was edged 85-82 on the road by the leading Bambuqueros in the Places 1-6 group.
Covington scored 17 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 34 minutes.
It was Bucaros' first loss after six consecutive victories.
Covington has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 19.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.4apg and 1.9spg in the 12 games he played so far.
Worth to mention Covington played also for Team Munich at the ESL in Salt Lake City in 2008.
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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