Eurobasket Pro Tour for players who are still home without a job!
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.
You can read more and register HERE.
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.
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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