After a great first day of fundamental drills, team practices and evaluation games, the second session games of the Eurobasket Summer League have begun. To say the least, these games certainly did not disappoint the crowded gym at the UNLV recreational center. The fans, team personnel, scouts and agents were impressed with the gritty, organized play of the players as well as the outstanding highlight reel dunks. We look forward to another exciting day of games on the third day of the Las Vegas ESL as the playoffs should be very interesting as these teams are very, very competitive.
Game 1: Manchester 62 - Lugano 56 The first game of the camp saw Manchester and Lugano face off in what was a competitive game from start to finish, but saw Manchester come out on top with coach Chris Warren's fast-paced style. Manchester got off to a 10-0 start and never trailed after that, winning 62-56, although Lugano made several runs. Jack Houpt (201-F-90, college: W.Illinois) and LaPhonso Ellis Jr. (191-G-87, college: Greenville) both scored 15 points, hitting a combined six threes to lead Manchester. BJ Benning and Gregory Dilligard (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International) both had six rebounds. Team Luganos Stan Brown (203-F-90, agency: SDJ Sports) had 12 points and four rebounds and his teammate Will Harris (198-F-86, college: Albany) had 10 points.
Game 3: Venice 68 - Zurich 61 The first overtime game of the camp featured Venice and Zurich, in a physical game that went back and forth. Ultimately, Venice was able to survive, defeating Zurich 68-61, dominating the entire overtime. With 10 seconds left, Venice coach Michael Stinnett smartly opted not to call a timeout and it led to a wide open layup in transition for Tim Parham (206-F/C-83, agency: Worldwide Career Management, college: Md-E Shore) to force overtime. Parham was the best player on the court, finishing with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Ryan Bogdan (193-G/F-91) also had a good game for Venice with 19 points, hitting three from behind the arc. Zurish fought hard all game and came up just short. Ray Mitchell (193-G-84) had 11 points and four rebounds and Bennett Shaw (179-PG-91, agency: ProSportsCareers) had 10 points and three assists for Zurich.
Game 4: Siena 72 - Cantu 63 The fourth game of the day was an up and down game throughout. It was back and forth for the majority of the game, but Siena was able to pull away in the fourth quarter winning the game 72-63. Dane Rawlings was the star, finishing with 20 points and four rebounds, including a couple flashy dunks. Stefan Welsh (190-G-87, college: Arkansas) had 16 points, Calvin Edwards had 11 points and Mohamed Esseghir (208-C/F-85, agency: Prossin Sports Management Inc., college: S.Florida) controlled the paint with 10 points and eight rebounds for Siena. Kyle Harvey (195-F-91) who had 16 points and a monstrous dunk that is the highlight of the camp so far, led Cantu, along with Al Muteba (193-G-87, college: Edinboro), who had 18 points and five rebounds.
Game 5: Moscow 54 - Lugano 52 The fifth game of the day featured Moscow and Lugano in a tight game that featured several lead changes throughout. Moscow was able to narrowly escape winning 54-52 over Lugano. It gave Coach Patrick O'Herron (agency: Warren Sports International ) his first victory of the day, lifting a weight off his shoulders. It came down to the final seconds with Moscow staving off a last second shot. Moscow was lead by new addition Jay Bowdy, who had 11 points and Ephraim Ekanem, who was a physical force, and added eight points and six rebounds. Lugano had a strong all-around effort from multiple players, highlighted by Presano Bells 12 points.
Game 6: Monaco 76 - Manchester 63 The final score may not have been indicative of the way this game went. Monaco continued to impress, dominating from start to finish, beating Manchester 76-63. They started the game on a 32-9 run and credit Manchester for not giving up and fighting back to trim the lead to 66-58 with five minutes left. Monaco, once again, led by Scott VanderMeers 24 points and 12 rebounds, as well as Christopher Sampson (201-F-87, college: Bloomfield) with 16 points and six rebounds. Manchester received a solid effort from Jimmy Langhurst, who single handedly kept Manchester in the game, scoring eight straight to begin the second half and finishing with 12. BJ Benning also had 12 points.
Game 7: Venice 63 - Cantu 62 Yet another extremely close game once again came down to the final seconds of overtime. Venice was down by one with just 10 seconds on the clock and, as they did in their first game, pulled off a miraculous win when Kyle Harvey drained two free throws with seconds left, only to have Chris Teasley (191-G-90, college: Va.Wesleyan) come back down the court and drill a floater to win the game. Teasley was the star, scoring 22 points and recording six rebounds. Tim Parham had another strong game with 12 points and 10 rebounds, his second straight double-double and Ryan Bogdan finished with 17, hitting five threes. Cantu was lead by Kyle Harveys 21 points and Orren Tims (196-F-89) 14 points and six rebounds.
Game 8: Siena 77 - Zurich 65 The final game of the day was close until Stefan Welsh happened. Trailing early in the third quarter, Welsh took over, hitting threes on four consecutive possessions, causing the crowd to go insane. Siena won 77-65 on the heels of his 26-point performance. Mohamed Esseghir had 14 points and eight rebounds and Dane Rawlings had a steady eight points, six rebounds and four assists. Zurich was lead by Bennett Shaws 16 points and Ray Mitchells 13 points and seven rebounds.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Copyright (c) 1998-2016 Eurobasket Inc. Disclaimer
Do not copy, redistribute, publish or otherwise exploit information that you download from the site !
Do not encumber, license, modify, publish, sell, transfer or transmit, or in any way exploit, any of the
content of the site, nor will you attempt to do so.