A plethora of coaches, gms, presidents of clubs, agents and scouts showed up for the first Las Vegas ESL and the players did not disappoint them. Every player here in Vegas played with heart and determination as they were all trying to win for their respective teams. We expect quite a few of the players from this Eurobasket Summer League to sign contracts with European or minor league clubs, including the NBDL. Eurobasket would like to thank all the players, fans and team personnel who attended Las Vegas and we look forward to another strong Las Vegas ESL which runs from July 18-20.
Brussels did not start out the ESL in grand fashion, however they were able to get things going and get this game 60-42 over Geneva. It was close for a moment, but Brussels was able to pull out the victory with a solid game plan led by Carl Blair (188-PG) with 17 points and 3 rebounds. Chad July supported Blair with 12 points of his own and 6 rebounds. Geneva was led by Thaddeus Varmall (191-G-91) with 12 points and 4 rebounds.
Kiev came into the day 0-3, but coach Chris Fellos must have had quite a pep talk with his team as they demolished Istanbul 81-55. Kiev was led by Michael Peeples who had 16 points and 6 rebounds. He had support from fellow teammates Mark Waite and Kristopher Patrick who each had 12. Istanbul was led by Randy Graham who had 11 points and 2 rebounds.
Helsinki just got back on track this morning with a big win against Geneva 85-75 after a close loss to Dublin last night. Helsinki was led by Dermaine Crockrell (185-G-89)'s 13 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists. Rece Kendrid helped with 12 points in the winning effort. Geneva was led by Alex Jackson with 11 points and 5 rebounds.
Brussels is definitely back on track and trying to get into the playoffs as they beat up on Istanbul 74-57. Brussels was led by Carl Blair with 21 points and 6 rebounds. He was supported by Kenny Thomas with 18 points. Istanbul was led by Michael Chavis with 12 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists.
A hotly contested game, Team Kiev and Team Geneva went back and forth throughout fighting for the fourth seed, and the final spot in the playoffs. Tied at 55 with less than 3 minutes remaining, Team Geneva asserted its will on the game and came out victorious 61-59 here in Las Vegas. Team Geneva was led by Amadou Mbodji, who had a dominant game, finishing with 21 points, while Team Kiev struggled to find a way to guard him. Khaliq Gross also chipped in 10 points, along with Jenard Fleming who also had 10 points. Alex Jackson had 8 rebounds and was a defensive presence. Josh Gross and Marquis Lee , who both finished with 14 points, respectively, led team Kiev. Osman Olol had 7 rebounds and Michael Peeples had 9 points. Team Kievs camp is now complete, while Team Geneva will play the number one-seeded Team Dublin.
In the first game of the playoffs, Team Dublin, the top seed, and Team Geneva, the fourth seed, met. In a closer than anticipated game, scrappy Team Geneva was able to scare and nearly knock off Team Dublin. However, Team Dublin, led by 12 points and four rebounds from Brandon Beasley and 10 points from Donald Vaughan, were able to pull out the victory 61-58. Thaddeus Varmall, who had 12 points, led Team Geneva. It was great game from start to finish, and a gutsy effort from Team Geneva, who had played several games earlier in the day. With five minutes left, Team Dublin trailed 55-52, but the deficit would not hold, as Brandon Beasley and company would not be denied. It was an all-around team effort. Only one player failed to score. Team Geneva finished the camp with their heads held high, while Team Dublin advanced to the championship game.
In the second game of the playoffs Team Helsinki dominated Team Brussels from start to finish, ending a disappointing run for Team Brussels, who had championship aspirations. Simply put, Team Helsinki took it to another level, led by four players in double figured. Dermaine Crockrell has 13, Marcus Ford had 12, Courtney Tyler had 11, including going 3/3 from behind the arc, and Dana Kendrid (193-F-88) had 10, including a monstrous dunk. The leader of the team, Stefan Welsh, continued to push his teammates as he continuously set them up for easy buckets, displaying natural point guard instincts. Carl Blair, who had 12 points led Team Brussels while teammates Malik Jenkins and Chad July contributed as well, finishing with 11 points, respectively. Team Helsinki now plays Team Dublin in the championship.
The championship game was as exciting a game as you could ever hope to watch, featuring Team Dublin and Team Helsinki. Coming down to the last possession, Team Dublin, still undefeated, trailed by one point, and Coach John Spezia decided not to call a timeout with 10 seconds left. Brandon Beasley drove to the rim, missed and a slew of tips rimmed in and out to give Team Helsinki the upset championship victory, 58-57. It was back and forth throughout, with multiple lead changes and, ultimately, Team Dublin was doomed because of a poor 6-29 shooting from three. Team Helsinki showed a lot of heart and toughness, gritting out a physical victory. They were led by Dana Kendrid, who had a dominant 14 points and seven rebounds. Lorenzo McClelland (190-G-87, college: Rochester, MI) chipped in 12 points and five rebounds and J.C. Mathis (204-F-82, college: Michigan) (204-F-82, college: Michigan) controlled the boards with 11. Team Dublin was able to be competitive, despite their lack of shooting, because of 12 first-half points for Taylor Stoutner (190-G-90), who failed to score in the second half. James Devlin (183-PG-88) had 12 points.
In the first game of Day 2 Dublin and Brussels competed in a competitive opening contest. The first 3 quarters of the contest were very competitive with Brussels clinging to a 43-40 lead. The tide of the game changed when Dublin went on a 10 to 0 run to close the game giving them a 64 to 53 victory. Brandon Beasley (196-F-88, college: William Penn) and Donald Vaughn (195-F-90, college: Va.Wesleyan) scored 16 each to give Dublin the critical opening day victory. In a losing effort Sam Dotson (186-SG-90) scored 10 points while Chad July (206-C-90) scored 16.
The 10 am contest between Geneva and Helsinki presented a close and intense battle that took two overtimes to decide a winner. Helsinki overcame an 18 point deficit to force the game into overtime. Helsinki completed the rally with a sudden death point to give them the 2 point victory. JC Mathis led all scorers with 14 points for Helsinki. Shamarr Bolden contributed 13 points in a losing effort for Geneva.
In a gritty contest Istanbul faced Kiev in their first contest in the ESL. The contest remained close throughout contest. Istanbul held a small lead throughout despite Kievs strong efforts to take the lead. Josh Gross (201-G/F-83, college: NC-Greensboro) and Osman Olol (205-F-88) both scored 10 to lead Kiev. For Istanbul 3 players scored in double figures. Cody Thurmond (182-PG-90) led all scorers with 13 points while Randy Graham (191-G-88, college: Ft.Valley St.) and Stephen Yamoah (198-G/F-84, college: Shaw) scored 11 apiece.
The 12pm game between Brussels and Geneva was a highly physical contest. Brussels fell behind early at the half 30-16. Throughout the game the lead remained in double figures as the outcome ended 61 to 50 in Helsinkis favor. Helsinki was led by Marcus Ford (187-G) whom was the leading scorer with 13 points while Courtney Tyler (189-G-87) added 12 points. J.C. Mathis nearly recorded a double double with 9 points and 10 rebounds. Xavier Mayfield scored 11 points respectively for Brussels.
Right from the beginning Dublin raced to a dominating half with a 39-25 lead. Dublin had 3 players who lead in double figures with Donald Vaughn scoring 10 points, Casey Coons scoring 11, and John Calarco with 11. Josh Gross paced the Kiev attack with 10 points in a losing effort. Dublin extended their record to 2-0.
In the first game of the night cap of the ESL Geneva and Istanbul played in a highly competitive defensive matchup. Istanbul fell behind early in the game 30-19. In the second half Istanbul was able to cut the lead 43-40 with their high defensive pressure. The game concluded with Istanbul having a chance to tie the game with a 3 pointer that lead to no avail. David Perez Led all scorers with 15 points in a losing effort for Istanbul. Geneva had a very balanced attack with Khaliq Gross (187-G-90) scoring 9 points and Shamarr Bowden also scoring 9. Both teams are 1-1 going in to their 3rd game of the ESL.
A game of huge runs defined the 7th game of day 2. Kiev unfortunately got off to another slow start falling behind 36 to 18. Michael Peeples (199-F/G-85, college: Fair Dickinson), Josh Gross, Marquis Lee (191-G-87) sparked a rally cutting their lead to 4. Back to Back three pointers late helped Brussels stop the Kiev rally enabling for them to hold on to a 71-61 lead. Chad July Lead all scorers pouring in 29 for Brussels. Kiev was led by Marquis Lee with 25 points and Michaels Peeples with 25 in a losing effort.
In the final contest of day 2 Dublin and Helsinki had a physical slugfest. Dublin raced to a 10 to 0 lead to start the game. Helsinki wasted no time getting back in the game cutting into the lead ending the first quarter 23-17. The game stayed within single digits for most of the contest with no team being able to pull away from the other. Late in the game Dublin was able to hold on to a close 64-62 victory with a key defensive stop to end
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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