Scott VanderMeer excelled at both ends of the floor this week and was virtually unstoppable in the second session of the Las Vegas ESL. He led his team to the championship, over a gritty Siena team. Every team and big man in this ESL tried to stop Scott, but the crafty veteran was determined and in a zone all week. Scott was by far the best big man in this ESL and he showed it with his left and right hand baby hooks, shot blocking, rebounding, running the floor, shooting from inside and outside. You name it Scott delivered. Scott will most likely again be playing at a high level job somewhere overseas this season.
Kyle Harvey (195-F-91, college: Williams Baptist) is a big guard who is extremely athletic. Kyle wowed the crowd here in Las Vegas with his highlight reel dunks and spectacular play. Kyle can do everything, he can handle the ball, shoot, rebound and defend. He is a major, major match up problem for almost everyone. We see Kyle as having a great college career and signing a very good deal overseas this season.
Dane Rawlings is another player who plays extremely hard and helps his team a great deal to win. He is very athletic and this guy from St.Kitts can do it all. Dane can guard and play the 2, 3 and 4. He drew a lot of interest from teams and we look for him to get started with his career now since he just finished school this past May.
Jack Houpt (201-F-90, college: W.Illinois) shot the lights out here in Las Vegas and was without question he was the best shooter here. Jack is a 68 stretch four who is extremely cerebral and hard to guard. Jack can shoot from anywhere on the floor, rebound, run and defend. Jack will have a great career overseas and was a major reason why his team went to semis of the playoffs here in Vegas.
Stefan Welsh (190-G-87, college: Arkansas) was unstoppable here in the second session of Las Vegas. In fact, he played in the championship game and if his team had won it all, he would have been MVP of the ESL II. Stefan is a great shooting point guard who can run a team as well. But, if you want points he can go get them for you in bunches. Stefan should be a guy that goes back to the D-League to get his career back on track so he can go back overseas and make a good living for himself.
Tim Parham (206-F/C-83, agency: Worldwide Career Management, college: Md-E Shore) is a veteran player and very gifted big man who does not need to have the ball in his hands all the time to be a great teammate. He is very good around the basket offensively and defensively and runs the floor extremely well. Tim has been all over the globe, even the NBA, so its basically up to him now on where he wants to end his career. I would expect Tim go to Asia or the Middle East and capitalize on the money being offered there with a guy with his experience.
Garland Judkins (193-G-89, college: Texas A&M-CC) is a dynamic guard who helped his team win the championship this week. He was one of the key leaders for his team Monaco in their quest for the title. He can score, defend and is lightning quick. He will be a major match up problem anywhere he goes and he just blows by people. The best place for Garland to go this season would be a team in the D-League so he could utilize his NBA athletic ability.
Ryan Bogdan (193-G/F-91, college: Limestone) is another guy here in ESL Vegas II that just shot the lights out. Ryan is an extremely gifted shooter who can run a team or play the two spot. If you are looking for a great combo guard Ryan is your man. We look for Ryan to have a good mid-level job in Europe this year and be very productive.
Jason Dawson (183-PG-88, college: Mt.Vernon Naz.) was an incredible point guard here in Vegas. He led his team with assists and on two occasions was one or two rebounds away from a triple double. Jason can run a team or score and would be a great addition to any team. We look for him to start his career in Mid-level Europe this season and have a solid year.
Pete Brown (198-F-87, college: NC-Greensboro) is another guy who had a great ESL Vegas II. He is 66 and very strong. He can do a number of things around the basket or face you up and take you off the dribble. Pete is a great rebounder and runs the floor well. We look for Pete to get a good start in a smaller league that uses undersized bigs where he will surely excel.
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
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