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The Indianapolis, Indiana event in November is a tryout to play on our tour team that will be playing games in Europe next month at the end of November. We are taking 12-14 players and we are only playing teams that need American players. Our goal is to have every player get a job before we leave. The Indy event is only $350.
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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
Top ex-ESL participants playing pro basketball based on last week's performance - Mar 5, 2014
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Here is the weekly review of the top performing Eurobasket Summer League players, who play currently pro basketball. Jayson Granger (188-G-89), who plays in the Spanish Liga Endesa could not help one of league's weakest teams Unicaja Malaga (14-7) in their last game. Despite his good performance Unicaja Malaga lost 69-74 on the road to the higher-ranked (#3) Regal FC Barcelona.
Here is the weekly review of the top performing Eurobasket Summer League players, who play currently pro basketball.
#1.Jayson Granger (188-G-89, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish Liga Endesa could not help one of league's weakest teams Unicaja Malaga (14-7) in their last game. Despite his good performance Unicaja Malaga lost 69-74 on the road to the higher-ranked (#3) Regal FC Barcelona.
Granger was the second best scorer with 11 points. He also added 6 assists in 25 minutes.
It was Unicaja Malaga's first loss after three consecutive victories.
This year Granger averages: 9.4ppg, 2.3rpg and 4.0apg in the 21 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.Justin Knox (205-F-89, college: N.Carolina, currently plays in Holland) led Den Helder to a victory over the closely-ranked M.Magixx (15-11) 84-79 in the Dutch Eredivisie last Saturday.
Knox was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 12 rebounds; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Knox's third season in pro basketball. The Bright Kings Den Helder (19-7) is placed third in the Eredivisie.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
It's Knox's first year with the team.
He has relatively good stats this season: 12.9ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.1apg.
Worth to mention Knox played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Three years ago he took part in the ESL camp in Cologne, Germany playing for Team Munich.
#3.Nate Linhart (197-F-86, agency: LUMANI 10.7, college: Akron, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA could not help Umana Venezia (9-12) in their last game. Despite Linhart's very good performance Umana Venezia lost 82-91 on the road to the leading Armani Milano.
He was the top scorer with 20 points. Linhart also added 8 rebounds in 29 minutes.
It was Umana Venezia's fifth consecutive loss in a row.
This year Linhart's overall stats are: 8.8ppg and 5.1rpg in the 21 games he played so far.
Linhart is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Five years ago he played at the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for Team Dublin.
#4.Robert Holcomb Faye (185-G-84, college: Radford, currently plays in Holland), who plays in the Dutch Eredivisie could not help Leiden (15-11) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Leiden was edged in an overtime 86-83 at home by the second-ranked Den Bosch.
Holcomb Faye was the top scorer with 24 points. He also added 3 steals.
It's Holcomb Faye's first season with the team.
Holcomb Faye is ranked third on the list of the best passers in the league.
His total stats this season are: 9.4ppg, 2.8rpg and 4.8apg.
He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. In 2008 Holcomb Faye attended the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for Team Brussels.
#5.William Walker (200-F-87, college: Bethel, IN, currently plays in Baltic League) led his Swedish team Norrkoping Dolphins to a victory over the fourth-ranked BK Barons Kvartals Riga (5-7) 87-75 in the Baltic League last Tuesday.
He was the best player in that game. Walker recorded 20 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 30 minutes.
Norrkoping Dolphins (9-3) is placed second in group A.
It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
Walker is currently fourth on the league's list of top scorers with 15.6ppg.
This year he also averages: 6.8rpg, 2.3apg and 1.4spg in the 11 games he played so far.
Walker played in 2012at the Eurobasket Summer League in Indianapolis for Team Paris.
#6.Richard Thomas (196-PG-87, college: Angelo St., currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German ProB (third division) could not help RSV Eintracht (11-10) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance the sixth-placed RSV Eintracht was defeated 101-89 on the road by the lower-ranked Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (#7) in the Group North.
Thomas was the top scorer with 48 points. He also added 5 boards, passed 3 assists and added 5 steals.
Thomas' team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical.
Thomas belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #6.
He has individually a very good season with high stats. Thomas averages: 21.2ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.2apg and 1.2spg.
Thomas attended two years ago the Eurobasket Summer League camp in Houston.
#7.Marcus Heard (201-F-84, college: De Paul, currently plays in Austria) was the major contributor in an overtime Gussing Knights' victory against the third-ranked Gmunden Swans (16-7) 111-106 in the Austrian A Bundesliga in Friday night's game.
Heard scored 28 points (!!!) and grabbed 8 rebounds in 33 minutes.
It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. UBC Magnofit Gussing Knights (18-5) are placed first.
Heard is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Gussing Knights' roster.
He is currently seventh on the league's list of top scorers with 17.4ppg.
Heard also averaged so far 7.0rpg in the 23 games he played so far.
Worth to mention he played also for Team Barcelona at the ESL in Salt Lake City in 2008.
#8.Corey Jefferson (181-PG-85, college: Texas St., currently plays in Slovakia) led Prievidza to an overtime victory over the closely-ranked Nitra (20-12) 87-78 in the Slovakian Extraliga last Wednesday.
Jefferson was the top player that evening. He scored 21 points, grabbed 6 boards, passed 5 assists and added 6 steals.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Prievidza (23-9) is placed second in the Extraliga.
There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
Jefferson belongs to league's best passers (ranked #5) and also on the list of most steals (fourth place).
He has very reliable stats this season: 11.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 4.3apg and 1.8spg.
He played five years ago at the ESL in Las Vegas for Team Manchester.
#9.Shamarr Bowden (193-G-89, college: E.Carolina, currently plays in Czech Republic) was the major contributor in a BK Usti nad Labem's victory against the league leader Orli Prostejov (24-8) 94-83 in the Czech Republic NBL on Wednesday night.
He recorded 19 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 29 minutes; not bad, considering it's only Bowden's third season in pro basketball. SLUNETA Usti nad Labem (19-14) is placed fifth in the NBL.
Bowden has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.2ppg, 3.4rpg and 2.4apg in the five games he played so far.
Bowden attended in 2013 the ESL camp in Las Vegas.
#10. Experienced Jason Conley (196-G-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Missouri, currently plays in Romania), who plays in the Romanian Liga Nationala could not help BC Timisoara (9-12) in their last game on Monday. Despite his very good performance BC Timisoara was defeated 85-78 at home by the higher-ranked CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu (#7).
Conley recorded a double-double by scoring 28 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 3 assists.
This season Conley has relatively solid stats: 12.5ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg.
Worth to mention Conley played also for Union Monaco at the ESL in Las Vegas two years ago.
The Eurobasket Select Team finished its tour of Australia in Geelong with a 111-78 win over their Big V team. The select team led the game from start to finish and did not let down after 3 games in a row. The select team was led by Stavon Williams (193-SG-88, college: Angelo St.) who had 23 points and 4 rebounds. Following Stavon in scoring: Brandon Armstrong (185-PG-90, college: Lincoln Memorial) with 19 points and 2 rebounds, J.L. Lewis (203-F/C-91) had 16 points, 9 rebounds and 1 block... [read more]
The Eurobasket Select Team suffered its first loss last night to Geelong of the SEABL, 106-91 and is now 5-1 in Australia. Geelong is one of the top contenders for the Championship this season and they showed it last night against an undefeated select team. The game started off with Geelong scoring first and the select team holding them on defense, however, the select team could not get any shots to fall in the first few minutes and Geelong took the first quarter 22-13. The second quarter... [read more]
The Eurobasket Select Team suffered its first loss last night to Geelong of the SEABL, 106-91 and is now 5-1 in Australia. Geelong is one of the top contenders for the Championship this season and they showed it last night against an undefeated select team. The game started off with Geelong scoring first and the select team holding them on defense, however, the select team could not get any shots to fall in the first few minutes and Geelong took the first quarter 22-13. The second quarter was an up and down quarter for the select team as in the first two minutes Geelong jumped out on them again before the select team could get anything going. Five minutes into the quarter the select team finally started to hit some shots and took their first lead 44-42 with three minutes left in the second. The lead went back and forth for the next couple of minutes before Geelong hit back to back three point baskets to take a 52-39 lead into halftime. The third quarter was owned by Geelong as nothing seemed to go right for the select team as every time the select team tried to make a run, Geelong answered it, taking the quarter at 26-11. The fourth quarter was a good quarter for select team as shots were going in and the defense was working hard to win the quarter 31-28. The select team played hard throughout the contest and threw everything but the kitchen sink at Geelong, but it just was not enough to overcome the final outcome of 106-91. Geelong was led by Mike Mercer (192-G-86, college: S.Florida) with 25 points and Nick Owusu (185-PG-84) with 20 respectively. Geelongs Eric Gaff (208-C-87, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Grace Coll.) followed up with 15 points and 9 rebounds and Liam McInerney (206-F-90, college: Stetson), 13 points, 6 rebounds. The select team was led by Rustin Dowd (180-PG) for the second game in a row with 17 points, 3 rebounds and 1 steal. Following Rustin on the scoring board were: Breland Hogan (185-G) had 15 points and 3 rebounds, Aaron Shepard (178-G-91, college: N.Mexico Highlands), 12 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, J.L. Lewis, 10 points, 8 rebounds, Micah Shepard (178-PG-91, college: N.Mexico Highlands), 10 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, Brandon Armstrong (185-PG-90, college: Lincoln Memorial), 8 points, 2 rebounds, Stavon Williams (193-SG-88, college: Angelo St.), 8 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, Jason Smeathers (203-F-90, college: IPFW), 5 points, Ryan Baker, 3 points, 2 rebounds, Julio Enoch Contreras (186-G-88), 2 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists and Nicholas Mitchell (188-G-88, college: UNLV), 1 point, 1 rebound. Jack Houpt did not play as he was working out with another team.
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