ESL 2010 New York City Announces The All Tournament Team - Aug. 30, 2010
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ESL 2010 New York City All Tournament First Team:
Yima Chia-Kur (6'5''-F-86, college: Arkansas St.) (6'5''-F-86, college: Arkansas St.): He was the ESL New York City MVP without a doubt and displayed one of the most impressive three day performances in the ESL history. He is a big time athlete that has a NBA type of body and he is a great shooter with 3pt range and a mid range game as well. Yima has a nice step back jump shot and he can create off the dribble to get space to get of his sweet release. He also is very athletic, plays solid defense and rebounds extremely well. He is a swing player that can play anywhere in Europe and has a bright future. His college statistics dont represent the level of this player who dominated the New York City event and won the championship.
Raymond Wright (6'9''-C-85, college: Ark.-Monticello) is a high quality forward who simply has some nice offensive skills. He can post up around the basket; he can slash and go past slower big men easily and he has a nice mid range jump shot. Raymond is an excellent rebounder and shot blocker as well. He runs the floor like a deer and with his skill level could be a big time forward in any European league. He applied for the NBA Draft in 2008 to gain more exposure after having a great college junior year. Raymond was the best skilled big man in the New York City event.
Donald Brown (6'5''-F-84, college: Bucknell): He is an excellent big time athlete that has a nice shooting touch. He can get his shot of at will and he explodes over defenders using his athleticism. He has a year of European experience and he was the class of the ESL New York City event. Donald is a terrific wing player or big guard that has a bright future playing international professional basketball. He is also a good ball handler and rebounds extremely well.
Kimmani Barrett (6'6''-F-87, college: La Salle) (198-F-87) is a big time prospect in Europe without a Cotonou status but holds a Jamican passport. He was sensational at the ESL New York City and was probably the best all around player in the event. Kimmani is a very athletic swing man that has a nice package of slashing to the basket and shooting the perimeter shot. He plays above the basket and has nice all around skills. In the 2009-10 at LaSalle Univesity he averaged 13ppg and 4rpg while shooting 46% from the field and 40% from the 3pt. He is perfect for any quality situation in Europe as an Import or Cotonou player.
Yves Mekongo (6'7''-F-87, college: La Salle) (201-F-87) - hails from La Salle University and played in the quality Atlantic 10 Conference. He dominated play at the ESL New York City event and showed his unque all around game. He is 6'7' and 245lbs and plays above the rim as well and can step out and shoot perimeter shots. He is from Cameroon and has great one on one skills and reboundds well. Yves can play anywhere in Europe as an import and is a commodity as a Cotonou player.
Ryan Scott (6'3''-G-86, college: Johnson C. Smith) is a quality combo guard with amazing range on his jump shot. He is definitely a pure scorer who will be an asset on a quality international team. He has excellent ball handling skills and is a quality athlete who creates off the dribble well. Ryan can also play the PG spot but prefers to score first. He had an outstanding weekend at the ESL event and made big shots when it counted.
Luis Martinez (6'6''-F-84, college: William Pater.) - This former NCAA D3 All American is a smooth big guard who has nice all around scoring skills. He has a nice shooting touch from deep but can also score by slashing, creating of the dribble or in the mid-range areas. Luis has nice size for a big guard and is a quality athlete. He already has professional experience in South America and will be a featured player on a quality professional team this upcoming season. Luis has a great first two days at the ESL but looked tired in the championship game. He was potentially the ESL New York City MVP if his team would have won their final game which they were the favorites.
Paul Flowers (6'2''-G-85, college: Mercy) - He had an outstanding weekend at the ESL event in New York City. Paul is very athletic and has some very long arms. This outstanding guard is a big time rebounder for his size and has a high quality pull up jump shot. He runs the floor like a deer and he also take the ball to the basket very well. Paul is a very talented player who can score and do a lot of things on the court.
Michael Henderson (6'6''-G/F-87, college: St.Clair Co.CC) is a versatile forward who is athletic but has nice all around skills. He is an excellent rebounder who played well offensively and defensively in New York City. He has a nice jump shot and he can create off the dribble well. He would be a great player in countries like Switzerland, Finland and Sweden to start his career in Europe.
Kaseem Johnson (6'6''-F-87, college: Rhode Island) is a skilled left handed forward that can score inside and on the outside. He is also an excellent rebounder and has great size for a forward. He has nice footwork and post moves around the basket and is crafty due to his skills and being left handed. He would be an excellent choice for an international team looking for an player to score a lot and get rebounds. Kaseem has an excellent ESL New York City showing over the three days.
ESL 2010 New York City All Tournament Second Team:
Mike St John is a relentless warrior on the inside and is a consistent double-double guy. Mike is an excellent rebounder who bangs and fights every possession. He has quality post moves around the basket and attacks the offensive boards. Mike has European experience and signed to play in Denmark as a result of his outstanding performances at the ESL event in NYC.
Calvin Hampton (6'10''-F/C-87, college: Oregon St.) is a good big man with some serious upside potential. All the ESL scouts wondered why he played limited minutes at Oregon State University. He was very solid defensively; he rebounds well; he had good hands and ran the floor extremely well. Inside he has decent footwork and post moves but needs more experience to reach his full potential. He would be a quality big man for some entry level jobs in Europe but has a tremendous upside due to his size at 610 and 255lbs. Calvin played well at the ESL and probably got caught up in the politics of a coaching change at OSU which is typical.
Kayode Ayeni (6'5''-F-88, agency: Hearns Sports and Legal, LLC, college: St.Francis, NY) is a big time athlete with long arms who can score and rebound extremely well. He has a nose for the basketball and will make things happen by just being on the court. He handles the ball well in the open court and he slashes to the basket extremely well. Kayode is a swing man that would be an asset for an entry level European team looking for an all around player.
Jayson Granger (6'1''-G-89) is a nice size point guard who just knows how to play the game. He makes great decisions with the basketball and is a nice quality ball handler and defender. His understanding of the game was more advanced than the other guards at the ESL. He currently plays in the ACB in Spain and his skills were on display at the ESL event in NYC. He has excellent passing skills and can score when the opportunity is there. Jayson will have a nice career in Europe as a Bosman A player.
Niko Scott (6'3''-G-87, college: Columbia) - the former Columbia University player is a great 3pt shooter and a quality combo guard. He creates well off the dribble for other players and for himself. He is a prolific deep ball shooter but will score from the mid range and will take the ball to the basket as well. Niko will be an interesting combo guard in Europe because he is a tricky left handed player who can dribble and score from deep. He showed some nice skills at the ESL event in New York.
Bernard Cherry (6'6''-F-88, college: Cumberlands) is a consistent all around small forward who is strong and athletic. He does a lot of things well and his game is versatile. He can score inside and outside as well as in transition. Bernard is a tough minded player who gets physical and has a strong body. He played extremely well in New York and will be a quality player for a team looking for a do it all type of player.
Ahmad Mosby (6'1''-G-87) is a pure point guard who makes fantastic decisions and can run a professional team. He was the 2009-10 ABA Rookie of the Year and was able to lead his team to the ESL New York City championship by controlling the tempo. He can score, penetrate, pass and shoot the jumper but always make great decisions with the ball. He has nice size for a PG and plays solid defense as well. Ahmad would be a quality PG for many teams internationally and has a bright future. He probably could be a little bit more selfish and look to score more.
Travis Seawright (6'4''-G-80) is an intense competitor who plays extremely hard every possession. He is very athletic and has nice all around guard skills. Travis has European experience and displayed his talents at the ESL event in New York. A team looking for a combo guard who is always in attack mode offensively and defensively will fit Travis perfectly.
Barry Wellington (6'0''-G-87, college: Mountain St.) is an outstanding very quick guard who can score and make good decisions with the basketball. He is fast north to south and has a good jump shot. He is a consistent all around PG who plays defense and plays great team basketball. He would be perfect for an entry level team in Europe looking for a PG who can do it all.
Aaron Scott (6'0''-G-86, college: Chowan Univ.) is a highly skilled PG with nice and creative ball handling skills. He had nice dribble penetration skills and will find the open player. Aaron also has a nice jump shot combined with a nice strong body and over powers smaller PGs. Aaron played well at the ESL New York event and is a quality player who will play somewhere professionally.
Steven Eluett (6'10''-C-83) A quality big man who runs the floor extremely well and has good hands and post up moves. He played well at the ESL New York City event but needs to get into better shape. He could be a solid big man for many teams in Europe.
Edjuan Green (6'8''-F-82, college: Texas A&M) - Another quality power forward that has European experience. He is an aggressive player around the basket that has nice footwork and will bang with the best of them. He is an excellent rebounder and defender. Edjuan needs to work on being a more consistent scoring threat and his game will go to the next level.
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Game 2 Riga 82 vs. Prague 71 Riga holds off Prague to walk away with a 82 - 71 win. Riga controlled most of the first half. They took better shots and score more efficiently inside. Riga had a quality balance attack led by the silky smooth former NCAA D3 All American Luis Martinez (198-F-84, college: William Pater.) who scored 22 points on jump shots and nice moves going to the basket. Raymond Wright (206-C) the former NCAA D2 player who entered his name in the NBA 2008 draft scored 30pts and 6rebs for Prague. He was totally dominate for the Prague team and was unstoppable. Yves Lionel Mekongo Mbala (201-F-87) the former LaSalle University standout posted a double-double 11 points and 11 rebounds showing his all around skills. Aubin Scott (188-G-83, college: LIU Brooklyn) and Andre Brooks (201-F-83, college: Bridgeport) both chipped in 12 points and had solid first day performances for Riga. Prague received help from Greg Manderson (196-G/F-80, agency: KO Sports Management LLC, college: Tarleton St.) who chipped in with 10pts and 4rebs and Rob Garrison (188-G-87, college: Connecticut) who had a solid 9 points, 4 assists and 2 rebounds. In the third period Prague made a comeback as Riga stayed in the zone. However Riga played better team basketball and moved the ball around to secure the victory. ................................... Riga Todd Burton (183-G): 8pts; 1rbs; 1stl Yves Lionel Mekongo Mbala: 11pts; 11rbs; 2ast; 2stl Luis Martinez: 22pts; 3rbs; 2ast; 4stl Aubin Scott: 12pts; 6rbs; 2ast; 1stl Edjuan Green (203-F-82, college: Texas A&M): 8pts; 3rbs; Alex Mailat (6'3''-G-87, college: Bergen CC): 2pts; 1stl Andre Brooks: 12pts; 6rbs; Jasmine Rogers (185-G): 7pts; 3rbs; 3ast; 2blk; 2stl ........................ Prague Luis Guzman (191-G, agency: Liman Sports): 1pts; 2rbs Telron Spell (193-G/F-82, college: Bridgeport): 7pts; 4rbs; 2stl Raymond Wright: 30pts; 6rbs; 1ast; 1stl; 1blk Greg Manderson: 10pts; 4rbs; Donald McCoy (196-G): 8pts; 2rbs Tim Lucas (191-G): 2pts; 5rbs; 4stl; 2ast Damon Brown (198-F, college: Z*Future Ent.): 4pts; 7rbs; 3ast; Nana Ampim (188-G-85): 0pts; 3rbs; 2ast; 2stl Rob Garrison: 9pts; 4ast; 2rbs; 2stl .............................................. Game 3 Budapest 87 vs. Kiev 75 Budapest won the game 87-75 by controlling the second half and pulling away to the victory over Kiev. The game started out very close going back and forth with the lead being exchanged several times in the first half. However Budapest took over in the second half with the Atlantic 10 standout Kimmani Barrett (6'6''-F-87, college: La Salle) (198-F-87) leading the way with 22 points and 6 rebounds. Kimmani is a nice and athletic quality all around player who received big time help from Jayson Granger (186-G-89) who posted a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Kelvin De Los Angeles (188-G/F-81, college: William Pater.) chipped in 12 points and Barry Wellington (183-G-87, college: Mountain St.) was solid with 13 points and 4 assists. Donald Brown (196-F-84, college: Bucknell) the European pro player who played in Iceland was outstanding as he scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. John Mish (196-C) was awesome with 13 points and 12 rebounds and the former Columbia University guard Niko Scott (190-G) was impressive with 15 points. ....................................... Budapest Kelvin De Los Angeles: 12pts; 3ast; 2stl 1rbs Henry Wright (6'6''-F-72): 9pts; 6rbs; 2blk Steven Eluett (208-C-83): 6pts; 4rbs; 1ast Rich Moore (196-F-88, college: Mary Hardin Baylor): 5pts; 3rbs Matt Hall (191-G-86, college: Stonehill): 9pts; 6rbs; 3stl; 2ast Kimmani Barrett: 21pts; 6rbs; 3ast; 3stl Jayson Granger: 12pts; 10rbs; 4ast; 2stl Barry Wellington: 13pts; 4ast; 2rbs; 2stl .............................................. Kiev John Mish: 13pts; 12rbs; 1ast Craig Bryant (191-G): 6pts; 2rbs; 2ast; 1stl Niko Scott: 15pts; 2ast; 1stl Donald Brown: 20pts; 11rbs; 2ast; 2stl Wayne Reese (180-G): 2pts; 4ast; 2rbs; 1stl Chris Gibbs (6'2''-G-88): 10pts; 2rbs; 1ast; 1stl Maurice Maxwell (190-G-82, college: Goldey-Beacom): 4pts; 5rbs; 1stl Elvis Kukaj (193-G/F-81): 5pts; 4rbs; 1stl ..................................... Game 4 Stockholm 81 vs. Moscow 71 Stockholm outclassed Moscow 8171 and proved to be the better team. Ahmad Mosby (186-G-87) led Stockholm with high quality point guard play distributing the basketball to the right players and making great basketball decisions. Stockholm rolled all game with better team play. Ryan Scott (191-G-86, college: Johnson C. Smith) who scored 16pts and 5rebs is a real quality shooter who can fill the score sheet up quickly. Michael St. John played big on the inside controlled the boards scoring 8 points and pulling 11 rebounds. Yima Chia-Kur the athletic shooter led all scorers with 21pts and 4 rebounds was an unstoppable shooting the lights out for the winning team. Moscow had great play from Jason Hickenbotttom who scored 13pts a long with 7 rebounds and 3 steals. Paul Flowers (188-G, college: Mercy) also scored 13 points and 9 rebounds and Douglas Childs (6'0''-G-87, college: St.Joseph's) chipped in with 10 points and 8 rebounds. ....................................... Stockholm Jonathan Young (6'6''-F-84): 4pts; 6rbs; 1stl Michael St. John: 8pts; 11rbs; 5ast; 2stl Ahmad Mosby: 6pts; 4rbs; 3ast; 2stl Cordell Hall (5'11''-G-87, college: Wilberforce): 7pts; 4rbs; 2ast; 1stl Yima Chia-Kur (196-F-86, college: Arkansas St.): 21pts; 2rbs; 2ast; 2stl Rone Smith (201-F): 6pts; 1rbs Preston Bell (198-F): 9pts; 1ast; 1rbs Michael Martinez: 4pts; 2ast; 1stl Ryan Scott: 16pts; 5rbs; 1ast; 1stl ..................................... Moscow Douglas Childs: 10pts; 8rbs; 3stl; 2ast Bernard Cherry (198-F): 9pts; 5rbs Mensor Kukaj: 7pts; 3ast; 2rbs; 2stl Jason Hickenbottom (193-G/F-86, college: Philadelphia): 13pts; 7rbs; 4stl; 2ast Lawrence Tyson (188-G, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.): 6pts Johnathan Weekes (6'7''-F-86, college: Bacone): 7pts; 5rbs Juan Vega (6'0''-G-90): 6pts; 3rbs; 1ast Paul Flowers: 13pts; 9rbs; 3stl; 1ast
ESL New York City Day 3 Game Reports - Aug. 25, 2010 ESL New York Day 3
7th Place Game Prague 66 Moscow 57
In a low scoring affair Prague defeated Moscow 66 57. In the first action of day three in New York City two winless teams faced off for seventh place. The game was typically quite and plague by numerous turnovers for both teams. After ten minutes of action the score was 19-15 in favor of by Prague.
Tim Lucas (6'3''-G-87, college: William Pater.) the swingman of Prague looked very impressive with his high-energy and relentless rebounding. He team lead by three points with 6 minutes remaining in the first half.
Prague was sparked by an excellent shot-fake one dribble move by Donald McCoy (6'5''-G-83, college: Arkansas Tech) on the baseline along with an wide-open 3pt shot by Damon Brown (6'3''-G-88, college: Potsdam St.) opened up a comfortable 38-28 half time margin.
Raymond Wright (6'9''-C-85, college: Ark.-Monticello) continued to impress the ESL scouts in New York City. He is a true power forward standing at 6'8' exhibits great fundamental post moves on the block and also leads the event in rebounding and block shots up to this point.
In the second period Moscow opens up with a 1-3-1 zone hoping to slow down Prague. However they had turnover issues due to sloppy play and poor guard decisions. Paul Flowers (6'2''-G-85, college: Mercy) hit a corner 3 point shot which cut the lead to 8 points but Moscow needed a better attitude on defense to get back into the game.
Tim Lucas back to back assists got his teammates involve increasing the lead to 15 points with 14 minutes left in the game.
The tandem of Raymond Wright and Greg Manderson (6'5''-G/F-80, agency: KO Sports Management LLC, college: Tarleton St.) proved to be too much for Moscow to deal with. Manderson powerful two-hand dunk down the middle of the lane kept the lead to 10 points for Prague. However a couple of huge defensive stops leading to breakaways lay-ups cut Pragues lead to 6 points with 10 minutes left in the game.
Prague responded quickly after Raymond Wright offensive put back and a foul widen the lead back to 12 points.
Moscow tried a full court press with a couple of minutes left in the game but yielded nothing positive as Prague marched to a 66-57 victory in the ESL New York City seventh place game.
Prague was led by Damon Brown who played extremely well scoring 16 points and 4 rebounds, along with Raymond Wright who had a solid game filling up the stat sheet with 13 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 assists Telron Spell (6'4''-G/F-82, college: Bridgeport) and Donald McCoy both contributed 12 points each for the winning side.
In a losing effort Moscow had some big time play from Bernard Cherry (6'6''-F-88, college: Cumberlands) who scored 15 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists along with Paul Flowers who had an outstanding rebounding effort contributing 14 points, 15 rebounds and 2 steals. ..................................................
In a back and forth low scoring game Helsinki held on to beat Kiev 60 57. The game was knotted 17-17 game with 9:52 left in the 1st half after both teams struggled to score. Both teams seem a little tired and was probably bothered by the sweltering heat in the Dominican College gym.
Helsinki held a 32-31 lead at halftime and was led in the period by Travis Seawright (6'4''-G-80) who was relentless in attacking the basket. He had another solid scoring game of 13 points and 3 rebounds.
This was a tight low scoring contest where the lead exchanged several times. The game was tied at 57-57 with 27 seconds left and Helsinki had the ball but turned it over.
The game eventually went to overtime in a great slugfest that could have gone either way. However, Helsinki won 60-57 to claim the third place victory.
Kaseem Johnson (6'6''-F-87, college: Rhode Island) of Helsinki was a force to be reckoned with in this contest. He scored 21 points and pulled 12 rebounds as he dominated the scoring and rebounding in the game leading his team to victory. Albert Moore (6'7''-F-87, college: Oklahoma Baptist) had a quality inside performance as he grabbed 12 rebounds and scored 7 points for Helsinki.
Donald Brown (6'5''-F-84, college: Bucknell) of the Kiev team is one of the best players at the ESL New York City event and had another great game finishing with a game high 22 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. Niko Scott (6'3''-G-87, college: Columbia) the awesome shooter from Columbia University chipped in 12 points and Maurice Maxwell (6'3''-G-82, college: Goldey-Beacom) was solid again with 10 points and 8 rebounds for Kiev. ................
The game was a very tight contest in the first half as neither team gained dominance as the score was 38-38 at the half. The second half began the same way as both teams went back and forth exchanging the lead back and forth. However with 10 minutes remaining in the game Barry Wellington exploded for 9 straight points and a spectacular break away dunk that surprised the ESL spectators since he had been making layups most of the tourney. After his explosion Budapest opened up a 63-51 lead and controlled the rest of the contest.
Barry Wellington finished with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Kimmani Barrett (6'6''-F-87, college: La Salle) the outstanding prospect from LaSalle University led all scorers with 21 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals. He is a very athletic player who has a nice all around game and displayed his skills in this contest. Matt Hall (6'3''-G-86, college: Stonehill) and Rich Moore (6'5''-F-88, college: Mary Hardin Baylor) both quality shooters and players chipped in 11 points and 12 points respectively. Jayson Granger (6'1''-G-89) also played well scoring 11 points and dishing 4 assists in the win for Budapest.
Istanbul featured five players in double figures led by Michael Henderson (6'6''-G/F-87, college: St.Clair Co.CC) who scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Michael had a terrific game showing his athleticism and nice skills for the promising forward. Calvin Hampton (6'10''-F/C-87, college: Oregon St.) the former Oregon State big man again was a quality presence inside and added 11 points and 8 rebounds for Istanbul. Isaiah Lynch (6'4''-F-87, college: Ramapo) played well for the losing side as he scored 15 points and 4 rebounds. Aaron Scott (6'0''-G-86, college: Chowan Univ.) was also solid for the Istanbul team as he chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. Their quick and speedy point guard Chad Williams (5'10''-G-88, college: St.Thomas Aquinas) also played well scoring 11 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and had a few steaals. ..
In a game that matched up the two powerhouse teams Stockholm proved they were the best by beating Riga 73 - 66. The Stockholm vs. Riga matchup featured the two best teams in the ESL New York event. Both of these teams had a lot of quality players who should land jobs playing professional basketball internationally. Prior to the contest Riga seem the team to beat as they steam rolled all the other opposition and had a lot of inside depth.
Casaundra Smith of the Jersey Express ABA team was the first female to coach in the Eurobasket Summer League and she displayed her in-depth knowledge of the game combined with outstanding communication skills.
She was able to get her team to buy into the team first concept and to play quality defense which were contributing factors to Stockholm outplaying a more talented Riga team.
The other problem Riga had was a player name Yima Chia-Kur (6'5''-F-86, college: Arkansas St.) who simply destroyed Riga and was a matchup nightmare. They tried several defenders on him with no success as he shot over them and went around the hopeless Riga players at will. His performance was sensational all weekend and in this game. He simply did not miss any wide open jump shots all weekend and he showed great athleticism and skills.
The first half started with Riga controlling the 1st quarter but Stockholm was really scrappy and kept fighting back.
Then Yima Chia-Kur who was the high scorer with 28 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals took over the game. He scored 10 points in the 2nd period to get Stockholm control of the contest.
He had an impressive offensive rebound that he skied over the Riga players and skillfully put it in the basket left handed showing his unique skills.
The game was tied up 66-66 with two minutes left in the game but Ryan Scott (6'3''-G-86, college: Johnson C. Smith) and Yima Chia-Kur hit some big time jump shots during critical stretch. Stockholm held off Riga to win the ESL New York City Championship 73-66.
Ryan Scott gave Stockholm a big boost as he scored 19 points, 3 rebounds and 2 steals. He is a big time scorer who has a terrific shooting touch from deep.
In the losing effort the talented Luis Martinez (6'6''-F-84, college: William Pater.) scored 15 points, 6 rebounds along with Aubin Scott (6'2''-G-83, college: LIU Brooklyn) who had 12 points and 9 rebounds were key contributors in keeping Riga in the game.
ESL New York City Day 2 Game Reports - Aug. 24, 2010 ESL New York Day 2
Game 1 Helsinki 69 vs. 67 Moscow
Helsinki escaped with a two point win over Moscow 69 67 in a thriller that could have gone either way
After 5 minutes of action, team Helsinki got out the gate quickly taking a 17-11 lead. Lefty handed Kaseem Johnson (6'6''-F-87, college: Rhode Island) of Helsinki looks ready and focus as he is active on both hands leading his team in both points and rebound early in the game. After 10mins in the first half, Helsinki is still holding strong to their leading up 24-15. Unforced turnovers along with lack of defense is the reason why Moscow was down by 13 points with 8 minutes remaining in the 1st half. One bright spot was Johnathan Weekes (6'7''-F-86, college: Bacone) of Moscow he showed great poise under adversity leading his team emotionally during this tough stretch.
After a timeout by Coach Willie Negron his team Moscow, went on a 6-0 run to bring the game closer to a respectable 28-32 going into the last stage of the first half. But an 11-0 run by Helsinki gave them the lead by 9 points to end the 1st half. The best players in the first half for Moscow were Bernard Cherry (6'6''-F-88, college: Cumberlands) (10pts) and Paul Flowers (6'2''-G-85, college: Mercy) (10pts, 7rebs).
Helsinki was led the first half by Travis Seawright (6'4''-G-80) who had a solid 10pts 3 rebounds. During the second half Mensur Kukaj (6'2''-G-88, college: Westchester CC) started the period on fire shooting four out of five shots including a couple of 3 pointers to extend his team to a six point lead with 15 minutes left in the game winning 49-43.
Moscow was really clicking on all cylinders, rebounding, using good ball moving and making hustle plays. It was no surprise they were held a comfortable margin with 10 minutes remaining in the game.
A quick surge by Helsinki led by Nigerian native, Kayode Ayeni (6'5''-F-88, agency: Hearns Sports and Legal, LLC, college: St.Francis, NY) with scored a few buckets in a three minute run narrowed the lead to 53-51 and the game was a contest. With 2:30 minutes remaining there was some great action including a break away dunk by Clinton Nixon (6'1''-G) of Helsinki to put and escalation point on the come back. Moscow was in desperation mode at this point and applied a full-court press. A turnover by Todd Galloway (6'0''-G-83, college: Florida St.) of Helsinki lead to a wide open 3 point shot by Paul Flowers cutting the lead to two points with 48 seconds remaining.
Juan Vega (6'0''-G-90) of Moscow had the opportunity to even the contest but missed a wide-open 14 footer from the short corner as the game expired. Helsinki won the hard fought contest with the final score of 69-67. Helsinki was led by Kayode Ayeni with a pro-like performance finishing with 17pts and11reb
Stockholm grinds it out to take the game beating Istanbul 74 60 and moves onto the ESL New York City championship game. This game was a defensive slugfest. After ten minutes of play the score was only 10-8 with Istanbul leading due to the strong defensive play by both teams. Following a timeout by Istanbul, Aaron Scott (6'0''-G-86, college: Chowan Univ.) who finished with 14pts, 2 rebounds and 2 steals went coast to coast with a sweet in and out move to free him up for a left handed scoop down the lane.
A strong spark by the active wingman Michael Henderson (6'6''-G/F-87, college: St.Clair Co.CC) of Istanbul with deep corner jumper and 2 rebounds in 3 possessions pushed the lead to 15-10.
Stockholm looked impressive with a good scoring surge tying up the game at 24 -24. Yima Chia-Kur (6'5''-F-86, college: Arkansas St.) the forward from Arkansas State nailed a couple of jump shots during the run by Stockholm. Stockholm applied crisp ball-movement and collectively increased the lead up to a 33-25 halftime score.
The first half scoring was by Yima Chia-Kur with 10pts and Michael St. John with 8 points and 7 rebounds for Stockholm Michael Henderson his leading his team with 6 points and 7 rebounds for Istanbul. In the second half Stockholm jump on Istanbul and locked them down defensively extending their lead to 42-28. Istanbuls Aaron Scott had a non losing attitude and took matters in his own hands by scoring a few buckets and dishing out a couple of assists to cut the deficit. Lester Hunte (6'5''-G/F-88, college: Northwood Fl.) of the Istanbul team finished with 10pts and 5 rebounds looked promising during this period grabbing consecutive rebounds to go along with a steal and he scored 5 points during a 3 minute run help his team cut down the lead to 53-46 with 10 minutes left in the game.
The sensational Yima Chia-Kur who finished with 27 points and 6 rebounds continued to be very impressive as he made a pro-like drive going baseline finishing with a power lay-up. Stockholm had excellent ball-movement having all five players touching the ball ending with a hook-shot by the ABA Rookie of the Year Ahmad Mosby (6'1''-G-87) which kept the lead at 61-54 with 4 minutes remaining. A perfectly executed game-plan by Stockholm had them winning the game 74-60 and simply dominated the entire game. Michael St John had a terrific game posting a double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds. He was like a man against boys around the basket and pretty much dominated the inside play. Ryan Scott (6'3''-G-86, college: Johnson C. Smith) hit some nice long jump shots and scored 12 points and had 4 assists. Michael Henderson had an outstanding double-double of 10 points and 12 rebounds for Istanbul. Calvin Hampton (6'10''-F/C-87, college: Oregon St.) the big guy from Oregon State played well inside and scored 10 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and had 3 block shots. Calvin is a solid big man who deserved more court time than he received at OSU.
Kiev made a strong comeback to steal the game away from Prague 72 69.
A few members of Kiev arrived late to the game and Prague opened up a 28-12 lead in the opening period while the Kiev team was ice cold.
However Kiev made a little come back and got the game within striking distance with a 38-29 lead for Prague at half-time.
Raymond Wright (6'9''-C-85, college: Ark.-Monticello) was sensational scored 24 points, 13 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 assists and 2 blocks continues to be a dominant presence in the ESL as he scorched the Kiev team along with Telron Spell (6'4''-G/F-82, college: Bridgeport) who added 14pts and a strong showing from Donald McCoy (6'5''-G-83, college: Arkansas Tech) who chipped in with 10pts, 4ast and 2stls.
However Kiev started playing team ball and stormed back in the third quarter with help from Niko Scott (6'3''-G-87, college: Columbia) who scored 14pts, 6rebs and 3ast along with Maurice Maxwell (6'3''-G-82, college: Goldey-Beacom) who also added 13pts, 7rebs, 4ast and 2blks to take a lead with six minutes left in the game. The forth quarter was a tight contest and the game went back and forth but Kiev was just the better team who had more depth and quality players.
Kiev's main weapon was Donald Brown (6'5''-F-84, college: Bucknell) who simply took over the offense for Kiev with his all around offensive skills and athleticism scored 21pts, 6rebs and 3stls. ....................................
Riga took the lead from the start and never looked back beating Budapest 79-65 and booked their place in the ESL Championship game.
Riga started the game with a 18-8 run and controlled the rest of the contest. Their team featured some high quality athletes and players including Luis Martinez (6'6''-F-84, college: William Pater.) who was in blistering form hitting his smooth jump shot from all over the court. He also had some nice dribble drive scores as he finished with 18 points and 4 rebounds. Yves Mekongo (6'7''-F-87, college: La Salle) the former LaSalle University player was also great in the game showing his all around athletic game. He torched Budapest for 18 points and 10 rebounds as he did everything in this game. Jasmine Rogers (6'1''-G, college: So.Poly State) the small college All American did it all and looked like a big time PG in this game as he scored 15 points; pulled 9 rebounds; dished 7 assists and had a couple of steals while controlling the tempo of the game. Edjuan Green (6'8''-F-82, college: Texas A&M) added excellent inside play as he scored 5 points but had 10 rebounds in the contest for the winning team. Aubin Scott (6'2''-G-83, college: LIU Brooklyn) chipped in 10 points; 5 assists and 5 rebounds in an excellent all around performance. Andre Brooks (6'7''-F-83, college: Bridgeport) also added 10 rebounds and 6 points for the high quality Riga team. Budapest fought hard but was simply out matched the entire game. Kimmani Barrett (6'6''-F-87, college: La Salle) from LaSalle University matched the quality and athleticism of the Riga team and was hard to stop as he scored 18 points and 10 rebounds. He received some help from Steven Eluett (6'10''-C-83) who was solid inside with 12 points and 5 rebounds. Barry Wellington (6'0''-G-87, college: Mountain St.) also chipped in 10 points for the Budapest team but this contest was all about Riga and their athletes who will play in the championship game and could be the favorites. .....................
First ESL 2010 players sign pro contracts - Aug. 23, 2010
Eurobasket Summer League ended just 3 weeks ago. But there are already some players, who signed pro contracts for upcoming seasons. The transaction market is just at the very beginning. So we should expect to see more ESL players ending in pro basketball leagues around the world this season. More than half of former ESL players managed to sign pro or semi-pro contracts in previous seasons. We should expect the same result this year .
ESL 2010 Atlanta Announces the All Tournament Team - Aug. 9, 2010 Basketball Coaches, GM's and Agents, The ESL acts as a scouting service for professional teams on an international basis. Many European, South American, Asian, NBDL and other international coaches contact us regarding the top ESL players. Our information regarding the ESL All tournament teams is in-depth and accurate. Over 300 former ESL players are currently playing professional basketball due to talent level of the ESL and our strict registration criteria getting into the summer league. In addition our scouting information is intended to give coaches player evaluation information based off of our experience in the international basketball market and to assist the ESL players and their agents in the placement process. For additional information regarding the ESL players or contact information of their agents please contact firstname.lastname@example.org ESL Atlanta All Tournament 1st Team:
Lawrence Diamond (188-G, college: Morehouse): Co-MVP Larry is a high quality point guard who can really shoot the ball and has nice athleticism. He has a very high basketball IQ. He plays under control with a high assist to turnover ratio. Larry is the C0-MVP because he knows how to control the game. He is a big point guard, a proven leader and excels playing the pick and roll killing the opposition if they have bad pick and roll defense due to his tremendous shooting ability. Larry is a player that can play in Pro-A France, Germany, Poland and most of the top leagues in Europe. He is a very good point guard that is flying below the radar! ........................................................ Dupree Fletcher (183-G): Co-MVP A quick and aggressive guard. Can score the ball on anyone. He is a good shooter and has great moment. Late in the game, when the game is on the line, he is the person you want to have the ball. He is cat quick with the ball. He is able to control the game with his ability to attack the basket and get fouled. He can also make quick decisions in transition that leads to points. He was the Co-MVP because he took over the scoring in the Championship game and he made some big shots late in the game to seal the deal for his team. He would do well in Pro-A France, Second Division Italy and the top league in Germany. .................................................... Vas'shun Newborne (198-F-83): A very skilled post player. He is versatile in the since that he can step outside to shoot the three with a high percentage and work in the post against the any sized big man. He can really run the floor and his post defense is good considering his size. He would be a good player for Sweden, Finland or the Hungarian league. ........................................................... Terrence Hundley (191-G-85, college: W.Georgia): A pure shooter who is a big time athlete. He can shoot the ball from anywhere on the court. He is a player that can go north and south. He has nice ball handling ability and can create his own shot be getting space. He was the best shooter in the Atlanta ESL. He is a very intense defender. He would be a great player for Pro-B France, Second division Italy and First Division Germany. Terrance was offered a deal in Portugal after the completion of the ESL Atlanta event. ............................................................... DeWayne Morris (201-F-85, college: N.Alabama): This guy was a man amongst boys at the Atlanta ESL. He is a highlight film waiting to happen and is super athletic. He block shots extremely well, rebound the ball, shoots the ball from the perimeter, passes well, plays good defense. He has a nice all around game with high energy. He lead his team to the ESL Championship game. He would be a good player for Italy, France, Germany and most countries in Europe. ............................................................. Flawaan Flaggs (185-G): This guy is a great scorer and showed why he was a Black College All American. He hit shots from the parking lot at the ESL Atlanta and made it look so easy. He is a point guard that can really score the basket. He can also pass the ball and really handle the ball well; he knows how to create his shot against any defender. Flawaan would be a good player for Pro-B France, Germany, Portugal and Sweden. ............................................................ Brandon Springer (196-F): He was probably the most consistent player in the ESL Atlanta event. Brandon is a versatile scorer who is athletic and has great moves. He can hit the jumper and get to the basket all day long. He has the potential to be a big time player but will need a league like Portugal, England or Switzerland to being his career. ..............................................................
Jon Rogers (204-F/C-84, college: Valdosta St.): He was a nice high quality big man who is athletic but had nice skills. Jon ran the floor extremely well and had a nice inside and mid range game. He can put the ball on the ground and create and finished well around the basket. He was an excellent shot blocker and rebounder. He is a 610 guy with international experience that has nice all around skills and will land in Europe at a good level. ............................................................................ Carlos White (203-F/C-80, agency: Low Country Sports, college: Rhema Bible): Carlos played well at the ESL Atlanta event and he a big man with a great shooting touch and has the size and footwork to be a force around the paint. He posts up well and has a nice turn around jump shot. He is very strong and uses his size to either create space for his soft jumper or over power guys in the paint. Carlos has already played in Portugal and would be a quality player in a variety of leagues in Europe. ........................................................................... Sean Kirkland (193-F): Shaun is a high energy and very intense player. He was the Iron Man of the Atlanta ESL event. He is an excellent defender. Can score in the paint very well. He is a guard that is a gel guy. He will defend the best player and will get out on the break to get easy baskets. He was one of the leading scorers at the ESL because of his intensity on defense and his ability to run the floor to get easy baskets. ESL Atlanta All Tournament 2nd Team: Tennel Clemons: Tennel is a very good shooter. He is a left handed shooter that never saw a shot that he didn't like. He has nice moves to get to the basket and his ball handling ability is solid and allows him to create space. He had one game where he hit 8 straight three's at the try-out event in Atlanta. He is a solid scorer with the athleticism to match. He is a player that can do well in Sweden, Finland and Second Division Germany. ........................................................................ Travis Taylor (206-C-86, college: Cape Fear CC): He is an athletic big man who is athletic and runs the floor like a deer. He blocks shots, rebounds and scores in transition extremely well. He was consistent for all three days at the ESL Atlanta event and has the potential to play in countries like England, Austria, Norway and Switzerland. Travis is a versatile big guy that will make things happen by being on the court. ........................................................................... Richard Ford (208-C): Richard was the glue in the middle for his teams championship run. He was excellent on the boards, played great defense and scored in a team sense. Richard runs the floor very well and showed a high basketball IQ which helped his team win the ESL Championship. He does a little of everything and could help a lot of teams internationally. ............................................................................. Jermale Jones (186-G-86): He is a scoring machine that can shoot and score bunches very quickly. This former Tuskegee University standout showed his quickness and nice all around guard skills in the ESL Atlanta event. He was a total team player who could hit the deep ball but pass as well. He would be great in a variety of entry level leagues in Europe as a scoring PG. .......................................................................... Christopher Moore: Chris is a block shot or dunk waiting to happen. This kid has a crazy wing span and is super athletic. He is a great rebounder and shot blocker who plays way over the rim. He needs to add bulk to his frame but could be a special player soon due to his NBA type of athleticism. ..................................................................................... David Graham (193-G-85, college: Georgetown, KY): He is a big guard who can create or shoot it from deep. He has nice size and athleticism with nice dribble penertration skills. David played extremely well at the ESL Atlanta event and was impressive with his skills. He is perfect for a lot of quality entry level clubs looking for a big guard or swing who can shoot and score. ................................................................................ Sean Coleman (203-F-87, college: Tulsa): Very crafty post player that can step outside to shoot. He has a lot of ability and upside. He has a knack for scoring around the basket. Sean surprised us with his defensive ability. He had several key block shots in the Championship game. Sean would be a good player in Pro-B France, Germany and Portugal. ................................................................... Krayleon Winston: The fastest guard in the ESL this summer. He can fly in the open court. He can shoot and is very aggressive when going to the basket. He is a pure scorer. He didn't score much because his team was so talented but we could tell he was a proven scorer. He can hit the long ball in key moments in the game. He would be a good point guard in Pro-B France, Germany and Second Division Italy. .......................................................................... Mike Crain (188-G-84, college: Valdosta St.): Mike is a high quality combo guard who can really shoot the ball and also play the PG spot. He is quick and has nice athleticism and showed nice skills over the three day event in Atlanta. This former Valdosta State star can play internationally in a lot of places and is a very talented guard with upside potential. ..........................................................................
Eurobasket Summer League 2010 All Cotonou Team - Aug. 9, 2010
Scouts, GM's, agents and coaches the following is a list of highly skilled players who were exceptional at the ESL events and all hold the Cotonou status. The ESL realizes that teams in Spain have more opportunities for players with Cotonou status. There are a couple of other markets in Europe that have limited spots for Cotonou players. All of the players below can play in Europe as Imports but are commodities as Cotonou players:
ESL 2010 All Cotonou Team: Richard Oruche (191-G-88) is a big guard with a tremendous shooting stroke who shot the lights out in our Chicago event. He has a Nigerian passport which makes him a Cotonu Player and would be a great addition to an ACB or a LEB Gold Team in Spain. He has nice size and he is very coachable and in college shot 40% from the 3pt line. He is a great prospect for Europe and a quality player. In the 2009-10 at the University of Illinois - Springfield he averaged 20ppg and 6rpg while shooting 47% from the field and 40% from the 3pt line. Richard is a big guard with good ball handling skills who can drive to the basket but he big weapon is his shooting touch from NBA range. He made the All GLVC Conference Team and was selected as a NCAA Division II All American Honorable Mention player. ............................................ Lawrence Nwevo (203-F/C-85) made the ESL Las Vegas Big Man Team due to his excellent all around play, defense, rebounding and intensity. He currently holds a Nigerian passport and is a quality person with a great attitude. His team made it to the ESL Las Vegas championship game and he was the key inside presence for his team. He is a total team player who sets great picks and passes the ball extremely well. He did not take a lot of shots but was able to score around the basket when needed. In the 2009-10 season he played for Lamar University and had a solid year. Lawrence is an excellent choice for a team in Spain looking for inside role player who will do a little bit of everything. He is 6'8' and 260lbs full of hard work and intensity. ............................................. Shane Lawal (206-F/C-86, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Wayne St., MI) won the ESL Las Vegas Championship and made the ESL Las Vegas All Big Man team. He is 6'9' and 225lbs and is very athletic and has very long arms. He is an excellent shot blocker and defensive player who rebounds extremely well and plays above the rim. He runs the floor like a deer and plays extremely hard on both ends of the court. Offensively he has nice skills around the basket and will dunk on someone in a flash. He is a big time sleeper and should be a Cotonou on a ACB or LEB team in Spain. Last season he played in Qatar and averaged 15ppg and 13rpg. Shane holds a Nigerian passport. ....................................................................... Kimmani Barrett (198-F-87) is a big time prospect in Europe without a Cotonou status but holds a Jamican passport. He was sensational at the ESL New York City event and made the All Tournament Team which will be release on Wednesday. Kimmani is a very athletic swing man that has a nice package of slashing to the basket and shooting the perimeter shot. He plays above the basket and has nice all around skills. In the 2009-10 at LaSalle Univesity he averaged 13ppg and 4rpg while shooting 46% from the field and 40% from the 3pt. He is perfect for any quality situation in Europe as an Import or Cotonou player. ................................................ Yves Lionel Mekongo Mbala (201-F-87) hails from La Salle University and played in the quality Atlantic 10 Conference. He dominated play at the ESL New York City event and showed his unque all around game. He is 6'7' and 245lbs and plays above the rim as well and can step out and shoot perimeter shots. He is from Cameroon and has great one on one skills and reboundds well. Yves can play anywhere in Europe as an import and is a commodity as a Cotonou player. .................................................. For additional information on the players or their agents please contact email@example.com
ESL Atlanta Day 3 Results - Aug. 5, 2010 ESL Atlanta Day 3
1st Place Game France 92 vs. Spain 88 --------------------------------------------- The game was a back and forth tight contest that was neck in neck with France coming out with the close win 92 - 88. Spain came out strong with great all around play from DeWayne Morris (201-F-85, college: N.Alabama) who started the game with some monstrous blocks and early offense finishing the game with 17pts 9rebs 5blks and 2asts filling up the stat sheet. Along with teammates Shaun Kirkland (191-G), who scored 15pts and 3rebs as well as Cortez Brown (186-G-87) scoring 14pts 3rebs and 2asts. The whole first half France dominated, and had a 19 -12 lead with 2:27 left in the quarter. The leader Lawrence Diamond (188-G, college: Morehouse) went down with an injury that could have been devastating for France. However, Dupree Fletcher (183-G) came in and put on a show slashing his way to the basket at will finishing with 22pts, 3rebs and 2ast. Every player from France stepped up including the big play from Brad Stevens with his 14pts and 3rebs. France closed out the game by knocking down a lot of big free throws. Former ESL Coaching Standout Tony Lenard utilized some key strategies to get his team over the hump with well balanced play from Sean Coleman (203-F-87, college: Tulsa), Jermale Jones (186-G-86) and Barry Wellington (183-G-87) each scoring 11pts. DeWayne Morris played extremely well and was dominating on the inside for Spain but it wasn't enough to stop France. France had big guard play hitting some big threes down the stretch to win the game 92 - 88. --------------------------------------------- France Gusikma Edet (196-F, college: Georgia Perimeter): Andino Ferguson: 3pts; 2rbs; 1ast Brad Stevens: 14pts; 3rbs; 1ast Sean Coleman: 11pts; 5rbs; 2ast Richard Ford (208-C): 10pts; 4rbs Dupree Fletcher: 22pts; 3rbs; 2ast Lawrence Diamond: 2pts; 2rbs; 1ast Jermale Jones: 11pts; 2rbs; 1ast Barry Wellington: 11pts; 2rbs Lansen Leach (183-G-86, college: Elizabeth City): 8pts; ---------------------------------------------- Spain Krayaleon Winston: 11pts; 1ast Eliseo Cornejo (178-G): 2pts; 1ast DeWayne Morris: 17pts; 9rbs; 2ast; 5blks Arthur Breed: 0pts; 1ast Chidi Okoli (198-F): 10pts; 6rbs; 3ast William Harris (201-F, college: Miami Dade CC): 12pts; 6rbs; 3ast Shaun Kirkland: 15pts; 3rbs; 1ast Corey Williams: 0pts; 2rbs; 1ast Anthony Brock (175-G-88): 6pts; 1ast Cortez Brown: 14pts; 3rbs; 2ast ---------------------------------------------- 3rd Place Game Russia 94 vs. Italy 93 ---------------------------------------------- Russia outlasts Italy 94 - 93 in an overtime thriller that went down to the wire. Italy started the game strong and took a 25-20 lead into the 2nd quarter with big time play from Jon Rogers (204-F/C-84, college: Valdosta St.) who had a strong game with 13pts and 9rebs showing why he is a good prospect for any team. Mike Crain (188-G-84, college: Valdosta St.) the ABA All-Southwest 6th Man of the Year in 2010 also had a great game chipping with 14pts, 2rebs and 1ast. But Terrence Hundley (191-G-85, college: W.Georgia) who is now playing for the Vancouver BC Titans Canada-IBL was the star of the day leading all scorers with 26pts and 6rebs. The game was a close contest throughout with Vasshan Newborne desperately trying to keep his team in it with his 20pts and 3rebs with Hunter Ross (198-F-87) who added 16pts and 2rebs backing him up. The game could have gone either, way both teams giving it there all but the strong play of Tenelle Clemons who finished with 21pts, scored 10 straight points to give Russia a 38-33 lead going into half time. The game was a sluggfest, each team answering one another shot for shot testing the will of both teams. David Haywood (193-F-81, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: S.Mississippi) had a great game stepping up in a close one scoring 15pts, 3rebs and 2asts. The way these two teams battled you would think they were the the ones playing for first place. With the game going down to the wire Russia edges out Italy 94 - 93 to take 3rd place. ----------------------------------------------- Russia Donte Covington: 2pts Keon Grant (191-G, college: W.Texas A&M): 0pts; 4ast; 2rbs Terrence Hundley: 26pts; 6rbs Mike Crain: 14pts; 2rbs; 1ast Jon Rogers: 13pts; 9rbs James Ingram (183-G-86): 3pts; 2rbs Stephan Walton (175-G): 13pts; 2rbs; 4ast Denykco Bowles (201-F): 0pts Tenelle Clemons: 21pts; 1ast Aubrey White (191-G-85): 2pts Henry Wright: 3pts ------------------------------------------------- Italy David Haywood: 15pts; 3rbs; 2ast Ryan Daugherty (193-F-87, college: N.Florida): DNP Johnnie Jackson (201-F-84): 14pts; 4rbs; 1ast Vas'shun Newborne (198-F-83):: 20pts; 3rbs; 1ast Hunter Ross: 16pts; 2rbs; 1ast James Ingram: 7pts; 4ast; 2rbs Mike Hall (183-G-86): 3pts; 2rbs; 1ast Rasheed Pratt: 1pts David Graham (193-G-85, college: Georgetown, KY): 7pts; 5rbs; 2ast Aamir McCleary (185-G-88): 7pts; 13ast; 4rbs -------------------------------------------------- 5th Place Game Greece 87 vs. England 80 -------------------------------------------------- Greece hangs on to win in 87 - 80 in a game that Greece got out the gate early with a lot of transition buckets. Chris Moore, who scored 10pts and 14rebs, was rebounding like crazy and Brandon Springer (196-F) who scored 18pts and 6rebs is a player!! Carlos White (203-F/C-80, agency: Low Country Sports Management, college: Rhema Bible) who also had a big game scoring 23pts 4rebs along with 3asts is a good player for the ESL level. These teams just went back and forth in a sloppy contest that could have gone either way early. However, Greece is scrappy and just played a little harder in the second quarter to open a 30-17 lead forcing England to call time out. Flawaan Flaggs (185-G) who scored 21pts 3ast and 2rebs came in and scored some quick buckets showing why he was a great small college player. Greece was leading at half time 41-27. England used some nice pressure defense and received help from Greece who turned the basketball over, to make a storming fourth quarter come back. With 3:39 left in the game the score was 69-68 with Greece in the lead. Travis Taylor (206-C-86, college: Cape Fear CC) having his best showing scoring 16pts 8rebs got a show time tip dunk and Brandon hit a couple of free throws to extend the cushion to three points but George White (191-G) who finished with 25pts 3ast and 2rebs hit two shots in a row to keep the lead to a one possession affair. Brandon Springer came down and hit two big three point shots to seal the deal and was the go to guy at the end for Greece. This guy can really go!! Larry Pikes (185-G) also had a strong game for Greece with 14pts 3rebs and 2asts. And in a losing effort Jamayal Johnson played well scoring 11pts, 3asts and 2rebs. Late 3-point daggers sealed the deal as Greece goes on to take 5th place topping England 87 - 80 ----------------------------------------------------- Greece LaDarious Weaver (183-G-86): 9pts; 2ast; 2rbs Flawaan Flaggs: 21pts; 3ast; 2rbs Travis Taylor: 16pts; 8rbs; 1ast Larry Pikes: 14pts; 3rbs; 2ast Osvaldo Haynes (201-F-83): 2pts; 7rbs; 3ast Brandon Springer: 18pts; 6rbs Rich Moore (196-F-88): 5pts; 2rbs Julian Richardson (185-G-84): 0pts; 5ast; 3rbs Khalifa El-Amin (173-G-86): 0pts; 3ast; 2rbs ------------------------------------------------------ England Jermaine Ferguson (193-G/F-83, college: Geneva): 4pts; 4rbs Shon Caston (196-G, college: N.Mexico St.): 3pts; 2ast; 2rbs Carlos White: 23pts; 4rbs; 3ast George White: 25pts; 3ast; 2rbs Chris Moore: 10pts; 14rbs, 3blks Demario Mattox (188-G-87, college: Hampton): 0pts Jamayal Johnson: 11pts; 3ast; 2rbs Tryston Lawrence (191-G-88): 4pts; 5rbs Graham Martin (188-G-87): DNP
ESL Atlanta Day 2 Results - Aug. 5, 2010 ESL Atlanta Day 2 Game 1 Russia 100 vs. Italy 82 ------------------------------------------------------ Russia routs Italy on their way to an easy victory 100 - 82 in a game where seven of Russia's players scored in double figures led by Jon Rogers (204-F/C-84, college: Valdosta St.) who had an outstanding game with 17pts and 8rebs along with Stephan Walton (175-G) who was named to the GSC All Tournament Team while playing for Valdosta State in 2008, alongside Denykco Bowles (201-F) and Tenelle Clemons who each added 12pts. Italy's offense could never really get started led by Hunter Ross (198-F-87) and David Graham (193-G-85, college: Georgetown, KY) who both scored 14pts each grabbing 4rebs. Italy kept fighting with contributions from David Haywood (193-F-81, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: S.Mississippi) a player who has overseas experience playing for U.M.F. Tindastoll Iceland-D1from 05-06 season averaging 23.8ppg, 8rpg and Johnnie Jackson (201-F-84) coming off a great year with Ohio University where he averaged 15ppg, 6rpg, 3spg contributing 11pts and 3rebs each. But Russia proved to be too much with their balanced play and hot shooting from Aubrey White (191-G-85) who scored 13pts and 6rebs and great guard play from Mike Crain (188-G-84, college: Valdosta St.) adding his 14pts and 2rebs. Italy seemed to be over matched losing by 18 in a game where Russia was firing on all cylinders. ------------------------------------------------------ Russia Donte Covington: 4pts; 2rbs Stephan Walton (175-G): 7pts; 5rbs; 1ast Aubrey White (191-G-85): 13pts; 6rbs; 1ast Terrence Hundley (191-G-85, college: W.Georgia): 11pts; 6rbs; 6ast Keon Grant (191-G, college: W.Texas A&M): 7pts; 2rbs; 1ast Mike Crain (188-G-84, college: Valdosta St.): 14pts; 2rbs; 1ast Jon Rogers: 17pts; 8rbs James Ingram (183-G-86): 3pts; 6rbs; 3ast Stephan Walton (175-G): 12pts; 8rbs; 1ast Denykco Bowles: 12pts; 8rbs; 1ast Tenelle Clemons: 12pts; 3ast; 2rbs Henry Wright: 3pts; 6rbs; 3ast ------------------------------------------------------ Italy David Haywood (193-F-81, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: S.Mississippi): 11pts; 3rbs; 2ast Ryan Daugherty (193-F-87, college: N.Florida): DNP Johnnie Jackson: 11pts; 3rbs; 2ast Vas'shun Newborne (198-F-83): 10pts; 4rbs; 1ast Hunter Ross (198-F-87): 14pts; 4ast; 3rbs James Ingram: 8pts; 6ast; 3rbs Mike Hall (183-G-86): 5pts Rasheed Pratt: 3pts; 2rbs David Graham (193-G-85, college: Georgetown, KY): 14pts; 4rbs; 2ast Aamir McCleary (185-G-88): 4pts; 2rbs; 2ast ------------------------------------------------------ Game 2 Spain 81 vs. England 73 Spain outlasts England 81 - 73 in a game that could have gone either way. England started with the lead looking for their second win of the ESL but Spain had other plans hustling getting every 50 - 50 ball. Spain turned the game into a dog fight with there scrappy play led by Shaun Kirkland (191-G) who had 18pts, 8rebs and William Harris (201-F, college: Miami Dade CC) chipping in with 15pts along with 5rebs. England could not seem to handle the hard-nose play of Spain and struggled to get their offense going led by Carlos White (203-F/C-80, agency: Low Country Sports Management, college: Rhema Bible) a player with overseas experience averaging 30ppg, 18rpg and 5apg for Universitario (Uruguay-D2) had a solid game with 12pts, 7rebs and 1ast along with Chris Moore and Shon Caston (196-G, college: N.Mexico St.) Chipping in with 10pts each. Spain played a well balanced game in which four players scored in double figures. DeWayne Morris (201-F-85, college: N.Alabama) currently playing for Luxembourg-N3 averaging 21.6ppg, 12.2rpg, 5.6apg, 3.2bpg, 2.4spg continued his strong play adding 13pts, 8rebs along with Cortez Brown (186-G-87) the UNC Pembroke Most Valuable Player from 07, 09 who had 10pts. England just could not contend with the scrappy play of Spain losing 81 - 73 in a game where the tougher team would prevail. ------------------------------------------------------ Spain Krayaleon Winston: 6pts; 2ast; 2rbs Eliseo Cornejo (178-G): 4pts; 2ast; 2rbs DeWayne Morris: 13pts; 8rbs; 1ast Arthur Breed: 2pts; 2rbs Chidi Okoli (198-F): 6pts; 4rbs William Harris: 15pts; 5rbs Shaun Kirkland (191-G): 18pts; 8rbs Corey Williams: 3pts; 2rbs Anthony Brock (175-G-88): 4pts; 3ast Cortez Brown (186-G-87): 10pts; 1ast ------------------------------------------------------ England Jermaine Ferguson (193-G/F-83, college: Geneva): 7pts; 2rbs Shon Caston: 10pts; 4rbs; 1ast Carlos White (203-F/C-80, agency: Low Country Sports Management, college: Rhema Bible): 12pts; 7rbs; 1ast George White (191-G): 9pts; 1ast Chris Moore: 10pts; 9rbs; 1ast Demario Mattox (188-G-87, college: Hampton): 6pts; 2rbs; 1ast Jamayal Johnson: 5pts; 3rbs; 3ast Tryston Lawrence (191-G-88): 0pts; 2rbs; 2ast Graham Martin (188-G-87): 7pts; 5rbs; 3ast Tenelle Clemons: 7pts; 2ast ------------------------------------------------------ Game 3 France 91 vs. Greece 88
Myles McKay the ESL 2009 Las Vegas MVP signs in Italy - Aug. 5, 2010 Myles McKay (191-G-86, college: WiscKing.-Whitew.) the former NCAA Division III All American from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater signed for Mazzeo San Severo the newcomers in Italy LegaDue. Last year in the 2009-10 season Myles McKay put up some impressive numbers in the Czech Republic for USK Praha as he averaged 24ppg; 5apg and 5 rpg while shooting 54% from the FG and 35% from the 3pt while playing the PG position at 6'4' and 195lbs.. He was selected as Eurobasket.com 'Import player of the Year' and 'Guard of the Year' in the Czech Republic League. This summer he was courted by a variety of teams throughout Europe that were impressed by his statistics, profile and skills witnessed on video. There were EuroCup teams, EuroChallange Cup Teams and clubs from all over Europe that inquired about his services. Myles has the ability as a big point guard to be a potenail NBA or EuroLeague player soon due to his unique creative ball handling ability that enables his to blow by defenders or get space. He is an outstanding shooter and scorer that finishes extremely well but confuses defenders due to the fact that he is left handed. Myles came to the ESL 2009 Las Vegas event as an unhearalded player from a small college but impressed a lot of scouts at the ESL event at the Orleans Arena with his smooth and creative game. He was a very confident player considering the fact that most of the ESL Las Vegas players hailed from big time college programs or had professional experience. During the ESL 2009 Las Vegas Championship game Myles made most of the big baskets for his team during crunch time and looked comfortable being the man. The ESL is a platform from small college All Americans who don't get the publicity, respect or exposure for the professional international market to showcase the skills and game. The other ESL 2009 Co-MVP is Kyle Lamonte (191-G-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: William Carey) who recently signed a lucrative six-figure contract forthe top team in Brazil. Last season Kyle went to Uruguay where he averaged over 35ppg and in December signed with the top team in Argentina name Penarol Mar del Plata who is coached by Sergio Hernandez the head coach of the Argentina National Team. Kyle was the best import player in Argentina in 2009-10 and his team won their league and he was named the MVP of the FIBA Americas League which Penarol Mar del Plata won as well. Similar to Myles McKay, Kyle Lamonte was a NAIA All American from William Carey who transferred from Southern Mississippi. He participated in the ESL Chicago 2008 event where he was named MVP and participated in the ESL Las Vegas 2008 and 2009 event. Kyle landed a job in Turkey after the 2008 event but was sent home due to the fact that the team signed a quality Turkish guard and Kyle ended up jobless and was suppose to play in a new minor league in the United States that folded before thier first game. Kyle came to the ESL 2009 event without a job but as a very talented and hungary player who dominated play with his backcourt mate Myles McKay. Both of these players should be on a NBA Summer League Roster in 2011 and should play extremely well in Italy and Brazil. Myles and Kyle both have the talent to play at the highest level in Europe and both have NBA potential but have to will have to take the long route to get there. The ESL is a great platform for small college All Americans that for some reason ended up at small schools but have big time games. This summer our Co-MVP from the ESL Chicago event is Marcel Anderson (175-G-86) who is a small college player but is probably just as talented as our former Las Vegas MVP's. Robert Conley (198-G/F-77, college: Clayton St.) acted as our main scouting director this summer and being a former EuroLeague player who has played in the ACB Spain, Pro A France, Greece, Serbia, Israel, Germany; Lithiaunia , ULEB Cup Final and the EuroLeague Final Four recognizes talent very easily. Robert Conley is just like most of these players a former NCAA Division II All American that hailed from Clayton State University a small college in Georgia. He pointed out Marcel Anderson in Chicago and told us that Marcel was probaly the most special talented player he saw this summer who has high level EuroLeague potentail. However like Myles and Kyle teams have passed on him because he hails from a small school but the kid has Iverson like quickness and skills but is a pure PG with crazy athleticism. The ESL 2010 Las Vegas C0-MVP is Pierce Caldwell (191-G, agency: Union Sports) a two time NCAA Division II All American who simply dominated in Las Vegas. Robert and our other two scouting directors at the ESL who also played in the EuroLeague and a variety of other countries in Europe all think that Pierce is another big time talent who has the potential to be a six or seven figure earner in Europe in the next few years. He is also currently a free agent that has not been signed but will be just as good as Myles and Kyle or possibly better. He is a natural shooting guard that can play some PG but has NBA range on his incredible jump shot and is crafty enough to create space. He reminds us of Trajan Langdon (192-G-76, college: Duke) but a little quicker with better ball handling skills. He shoots the ball just as good as Trajan and maybe deeper. There are other notable players who are on the ESL All Tournament Teams or were named MVP of the respective city that are serious players that should be considered for quality jobs in Europe. The ESL scouting reports are precise and if you look back in the archive scouting reports you will notice that we were 95% accurate about most of the former ESL standouts. For more information regarding the ESL All Tournament players who may be sleepers or a lillte under the radar please contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
ESL Atlanta Day 1 Results - Aug. 4, 2010 Game 1 England 76 vs. France 74 ................................................................ England edges France 76-74 and escaped with a tough two point win after a great comeback by France. England came out hot with a 15 to 4 run at the beginning of the game. England controlled the entire first half with great play from Carlos White (203-F/C-80, agency: Low Country Sports Management, college: Rhema Bible) who formerly played professionally in Portugal scoring 18 points, along with a big 7 rebounds and the super athletic Christopher Moore added 13 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists. France was down 17 going into the second half and Englands lead looked insurmountable. England had good team chemistry combined with quality guard play and strong inside play from there bigs. Beginning the second half, France made defensive adjustments starting with tough full court pressure that slowed the England attack. Lawrence Diamond (188-G, college: Morehouse) led the way for France controlling the game and hitting big shots finishing with 16 points, and 7 assists. Brad Stevens got hot in the second half and finished the game as the leading scorer with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists along with Tuskeegee's Jermale Jones (186-G-86) who also added 16 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Dupree Fletcher (183-G) also hit some big 3s to get the game close. France took a one lead point with a minute to play. England came down and hit a big 3 to take back the lead. France had one last chance to take the lead but the last second shot rattled in and out and England walks away with a two point win. ..................................................................................................... England: Jermaine Ferguson (193-G/F-83, college: Geneva): 6pts; 3rbs Shon Caston (196-G, college: N.Mexico St.): 12pts; 4rbs Carlos White: 18pts; 7rbs George White (191-G): 9pts; 3ast Christopher Moore: 13pts; 9rbs; 2ast Demario Mattox (188-G-87, college: Hampton) 10pts; 2rbs; 2ast Jamayal Johnson: 0pts; 3rbs; 3ast Tryston Lawrence (191-G-88): 4pts; 2rbs; 2ast Graham Martin (188-G-87): 4pts; 5rbs; 3ast
.................................................................................................................. Game 2 Italy 87 vs. Greece 76 Italy controlled Greece and won 87-76 in a hard fought contest by both teams. Italy started the game with great team play and they scored a lot of easy buckets to open up a significant 15 point lead. During this period Greece played more one on one basketball and poor team play. Greece started playing better as a team and stormed back into the game and was only down by 4 points with two minutes left in the game. However Italy kept their composure and closed out the game with some good free throw shooting and smart team play during the crucial final minutes to edge Greece for the victory. Italy featured four players who scored double figures which included 18 points and 8 rebounds from Vas'shun Vas'shun Newborne (198-F-83) from St Louis University who showcased his nice all around skills. David Graham (193-G-85, college: Georgetown, KY) from Georgetown the NAIA powerhouse in Kentucky was superb with 15 points and 7 rebounds as he hit from deep and showed his athletic ability with a great shooting touch. David Haywood (193-F-81, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: S.Mississippi) the former professional player in Iceland looked good as he scored 12 points and pulled down 9 rebounds in the victory. Hunter Ross (198-F-87) also chipped in a smooth 10 points and 5 assists in the win for Italy. Greece was led by Flawaan Flaggs (185-G) the former Black College All American from Miles College who is a deadeye shooter and scoring machine. He scored 18 points and had 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Also Aamir McCleary (185-G-88) had a great all around game contributing 9 points, 9 assists and 5 rebounds for Italy. Greece was led by the following players: Brandon Springer (196-F) the NAIA All American from Cumberland University chipped in 13 points and 5 assists. LaDarious Weaver (183-G-86) from Tennessee State added 10 points and 5 rebounds for Greece. Rich Moore (196-F-88) from Mary Hardin Baylor played well and scored 11 points and 4 rebounds for the losing side. Travis Taylor (206-C-86, college: Cape Fear CC) from the Charlotte Crossovers played well for Greece as well scoring 12 points and pulling 6 rebounds using his size and athleticism. ...................................................................................................................... Italy: David Haywood: 12pts; 9rbs; 2ast Ryan Daugherty (193-F-87, college: N.Florida): 3pts; 3ast; 2rbs Johnnie Jackson (201-F-84): 6pts; 5rbs Vas'shun Newborne: 18pts; 8rbs Hunter Ross: 10pts; 3ast James Ingram: 8pts; 5rbs; 5ast Mike Hall (183-G-86): 9pts; 3rbs; 1ast Rasheed Pratt: 3pts; 2rbs David Graham: 15pts; 7rbs; 1ast Aamir McCleary: 9pts; 9ast; 5rbs
Greece: LaDarious Weaver: 10pts; 5rbs Flawaan Flaggs: 18pts; 5rbs; 4ast Travis Taylor: 12pts; 4rbs; 2ast Larry Pikes (185-G): 2pts; 3rbs Osvaldo Haynes (201-F-83): 0pts; 2ast Brandon Springer: 13pts; 5ast Rich Moore: 11pts; 4rbs Julian Richardson (185-G-84): 5pts; 2rbs Khalifa El-Amin (173-G-86): 5pts; 5ast ................................................................................................. Game 3: Spain 88 vs. Russia 65 Spain blew out Russia 88 65 in a game they dominated from start to finish. Spain was running on all cylinders and played a perfect brand of basketball. Seven of their players scored double figures and their team chemistry rocked Russia. Russia could not compete with Spains balanced attack it seemed like they were playing seven on four. Leading the way for Russia was the smooth guard Mike Crain (188-G-84, college: Valdosta St.) of Valdosta State with 17 points and 5 assists along with Jon Rogers (204-F/C-84, college: Valdosta St.) the gifted big man who recently played in New Zealand scoring 13 points along with 8 rebounds. Aubrey White (191-G-85) added 11 points with 3 rebounds and 2 assists along with the IBL super star Terrence Hundley (191-G-85, college: W.Georgia) who scored 10 points and 4 assists. Aubrey White the guard from the ABA had a solid performance as he scored 11 points and 4 assists. But they were no match for Spains well balanced attack led which had the speedy Krayaleon Winston scoring 12 points and dishing out 5 assists, William Harris (201-F, college: Miami Dade CC) played extremely well scoring 12 points and grabbing 8 rebounds and Cortez Brown (185-G-87) had a nice all around game scoring 12 points and getting 4 assists in the victory for Spain. The super athletic Dwayne Morris added 10 points; 7 rebounds and a few block shots for Spain showing his nice all around game. Their other inside player for Spain Chidi Okoli (198-F) of Norfolk State played well scoring 10 points and 7 rebounds as Spain had seven players in double figures in a well balanced attack.
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ESL Las Vegas All Tournament - First Team
Jermaine Watson (193-G-81, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Boston Coll.) -Jermaine is the Co-MVP of the ESL Las Vegas event due to his dynamic scoring ability and PG skills. He is a great shooter and has the ability to create space and penetrate at will utilizing his strength, quickness and ball handling ability. Jermaine is a point guard who can score and has experience playing in the top Latin American leagues. During the ESL Las Vegas event he used his experience and skills to dominate the other guards at the ESL Las Vegas event. Due to his size and shooting ability he is probably a combo guard who can play off the ball but due to his creative skills he is better suited with the ball in his hands. He can play in quality leagues like Germany, France, Belgium and Italy. ----------------------------------------- Pierce Caldwell (191-G, agency: Union Sports) - Pierce is a NCAA Division II All American and is the Co-MVP of the ESL Las Vegas event. He is a big time player with high-level Europe potential and is a great clutch shooter. He single handily kept his team in the Championship game with 3 pt daggers when needed. He is more of a shooting guard who can handle the ball and play the PG position. He creates off the dribble and has a prolific jump shoot that looks good even when his misses a shot. He is just as good as last year ESL MVP Myles McKay and will play at the highest level in Europe soon but will need a mid-level job in Europe to get started. He is gifted with a strong/ physical body and great attitude. He is a winner and has a great basketball mentality. ------------------------------------------------- Sammy Monroe (198-F-85, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Newberry) - A big guard with skills who can also play the small forward position. He is a smooth and gifted scorer who creates well off the dribble and can knock down the perimeter shot. He has experience playing in Mexico and was one of the top scorers in the Philippines in 2010. During the ESL he showed his athleticism and he creative skills as a scorer either getting to the basket or knocking down jump shots. Sammy has the ability to be a big time player in any league in Europe. --------------------------------- Marcus Stout (193-G-86, college: Fordham) - A former Atlantic 10 All Conference performer is a high quality combo guard who can really shoot and score the ball. He made great decisions with the ball at the ESL and can play either guard position effectively. He creates well off the dribble and he can catch and shoot as well. During the ESL he played a little out of position due to the lack of size on his team. He has professional experience in Europe and would be perfect for a league like Pro A France or Italy Legadue. He has a terrific attitude, plays solid defense and has nice all around scoring skills. He may have been the best all around guard at the ESL Las Vegas event. -------------------------------------------------------- Dustin Mitchell (206-F/C) Dustin hails from University of Wisconsin- Whitewater a NCAA Division III power house the same program where the ESL 2009 MVP Myles McKay played. Dustin is a NCAA Division III All American and captivated the scouts at the ESL Las Vegas event with his high basketball IQ and his unique inside and outside skills. At 6'9 and 245lbs he is a good athlete who runs the floor well but is very impressive with his footwork and skills around the basket. The thing that takes his game to the next level as a future professional in Europe is that he is a pure shooter from deep and most big guys wont be able to guard him from the perimeter. He has the potential to be a top level player in Europe and I expect to see him in the ACB, EuroLeague or Italy in the next couple of years. Mid to high level clubs in Europe should flock to this player immediately because he will have a great career in Europe and he is a great kid with good work ethic. --------------------------------------------------------------- Willie Irick (198-F-84, college: Oklahoma City) Willie is a good athlete who can really shoot the ball. He has good ball handling skills that can post or create his own jump shot. When he gets it going no one can guard him and he showed why he was a NAIA All American in 2008. At 6'7 and 240lbs he is a great player for teams in Europe looking for a highly skilled all around scoring forward. Willie is also an excellent rebounder with a good attitude. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sean Dantzler (193-G/F-83, college: St.Francis, NY) Sean is a next level pure shooter who can shoot with the best of them. A former NBA scout was at his first ESL Las Vegas game and said that he should be playing on a NBA Summer League roster. He is a pure big guard who is a lights out shooter. He has a nice step back and is crafty enough to create space to get his shot off. European teams looking for a guy who shoots 40% and higher from the 3pt line he is your guy. He was one of the top shooters at the ESL Las Vegas event. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Micheal Anderson This kid is a big time athlete who can jump out the gym and had the most spectacular dunk at the ESL Las Vegas event. He is crafty with the ball and can create off the dribble to get to the basket or pull up for a jumper. He has long arms and a great wing spam allowing him to be a quality rebounder and shot blacker. He is a nice all around player and big time athlete that would be an asset on a lot of international teams. We enjoyed watching him play at the ESL Las Vegas event and expect him to land in a quality situation. He is also a good jump shooter for a big time athlete. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Wellington Smith (201-F-87, agency: KMG Sports Management) Wellington could have easily been the Co-MVP of the ESL Las Vegas event. He is a nice athlete with great all around skills combine with a quality jump shot. His basketball IQ is very high and he is a great team player. He could have easily scored a lot more points but is the type of player who can score a lot of points in a system without forcing shots. This former West Virginia University and Big East player will have an outstanding international career. He is a good rebounder; he has great size and is a good defensive player. He was offered several contracts on the spot at the ESL.
Brandon Brown (201-F, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) Brandon is a monster on the boards and has extremely long arms that makes him play a lot bigger than his size. He was a beast during the ESL Las Vegas event and was unstoppable. He can score inside as he has nice ball handling skills and moves around the basket. Brandon can also step out and knock down jump shots as well. He plays with a lot of intensity and heart. He can play at a high level in Europe and is combo between a power forward and a small forward (4/3). --------------------------------------------------------------------------
ESL Las Vegas All Tournament - Second Team -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Terrance Woodbury (201-G/F-86, college: Georgia) Terrance the former First Team All SEC Player had a couple of outstanding games at the ESL Las Vegas event. He is a very athletic and skilled small forward that can definitely play at the highest level in Europe and should be on a NBA Summer League roster in 2011. He can handle the basketball and he has a nice jump shot. He would have been on our first team but had a slow first day. He is a big time athlete and player with high level Europe and NBA potential. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Michael Pilgrim (203-F-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: LSU-Shreveport) Mike has crazy potential and serious athlete that can play at a high level in Europe. He is a great athlete and has nice skills and a shooting touch for a big man. He is an excellent offensive rebounder who had a couple of impressive tip dunks after missed shots in the ESL. The fact that he has a nice mid range jump shot with great athleticism makes him a very intriguing prospect for quality European teams. --------------------------------------------------------------------------
Devon Greene (198-G/F-84, college: Grand Canyon) Devon is a smooth scorer and is a sneaky athlete that will surprise you with his athleticism. This former IBL scoring king who once averaged 37.1ppg the IBL league was a very impressive scorer at the ESL. He is probably a natural swing man but definitely can play the big guard position. He can get to the basket at will and is a very good jump shooter. Teams in Europe looking for a consistent scorer Devon Greene (198-G/F-84, college: Grand Canyon) can get it done in a big way. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Demetrius Williamson (198-F-87) Demetrius probably has more upside potential than any player at the ESL Las Vegas event due to his size, pure shooting ability and athleticism. He needs a quality coach at a good level in Europe to enhance his God given abilities and he will be a potential NBA player. We saw Demetrius at the ESL Chicago event which he dominated against lesser competition but in Las Vegas his gamer did not change. He is a pure shooter with a beautiful shot that reminded our ESL announcer of Ray Allen. He is a super athlete who jumps out the gym and had some awesome dunks at the ESL. He is a 6'6 Big Guard that can shoot it consistently from the parking lot and has unlimited range. If he works more on his ball handling skills and moving without the ball he will be a 7 figure player. Yes we did say this. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Karron Clarke (198-F-85, college: De Paul) Karron is a big time athlete with a big time body that once you put him on the court things are going to happen. He runs the floor well and finishes well and he is great rebounder who plays extremely hard. He has a lot of talent and needs a quality level in Europe to enhance his career. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Jamal Abu-Shamala (196-G/F-87) Jamal was a surprise in the ESL Las Vegas event. This former Big Ten player came to the ESL known to be a shooter which he does well. However he is very athletic and had some nice all around skills that were very impressive at the ESL Las Vegas event. He took the ball to the basket extremely well and his turn around jump shot and mid range game was really smooth. He currently plays for the Jordan National Team but is a big time prospect for international teams. He showed his talent at the ESL Las Vegas event. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Christopher Hayes (206-F-87, college: Detroit Mercy) Chris is the former ESL Chicago 2009 MVP and played extremely well in Las Vegas. He is an athletic long arm player who is very versatile and skilled. He is a natural swing man who is better suited slashing and playing above the basket. He is a great defensive player who had some crazy shot blacks in Las Vegas. In college he played the power forward position and in Las Vegas he played a lot of the 4 spot as well but he needs more muscle to play the 4 in top leagues in Europe. In the NBDL in the 2009-10 he played his natural position of the small forward and with his ball handling skills and athleticism his future is bright. In order for him to get to the next level he must improve his perimeter shooting a little and he will be a big time player in Europe. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Trevor Bing (188-G-85) Trevor was a lightning quick combo guard who was very fast baseline to baseline. His defensive skills are awesome as he will pick up opposing guards the full 90 feet and apply crazy defensive pressure. He is a smart player and a great decision maker on the court. He is a coach's dream player due to his leadership, work ethic and great attitude. He will be an excellent choice for team in Europe looking for a quality combo guard. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Vernon Goodridge (206-F-84) Vernon is a beast and the NBA is his reality. He only played one game at the ESL Las Vegas event but he was a man amongst boys. He has a NBA body and had nice inside moves, skills and a good touch around the basket. Apparently he has signed a NBA contract with the Golden State Warriors for veterans camp according to his agent. He was the most talented big man at the ESL 2010 Las Vegas event. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Dominique Keller (201-F-88) This former University of Illinois player had an outstanding ESL tournament. He has a great basketball body and showed nice all around skills. During the tournament he was athletic and had nice moves and could really score the basketball. He had a couple of great games in the Big Ten and his production based on minutes played was impressive during college. At the ESL Las Vegas event he shot the ball extremely well and was a force for his team. He is definitely a quality player in Europe for the right team. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ESL Las Vegas All Big Man Team: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- James Tyler (218-C-88) James is a big guy at 7'2 and 315lbs. During the ESL Las Vegas event he was unstoppable at times and over powered the opposition. He is a quality real big man with skills and touch but he needs to improve his fitness. Once he is in great shape then he is a big money player. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Vernon Goodridge - See All Tourney selection -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Shane Lawal (206-F/C-86, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Wayne St., MI) He is a quality all around big guy who was an excellent defender. He blocked a lot of shots and rebounded extremely well during the ESL event. He is a great athlete who runs the floor like a deer. Having a Contonu passport makes his a big time asset for the right team in Spain. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Lawrence Nwevo (203-F/C-85) Lawrence was the hardest working big guy in Las Vegas. He is an excellent defensive player and rebounder. He has a great attitude and is a winner. Lawrence also has a Contonu passport and would be a nice asset to a team in Europe. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Michael Pilgrim See All Tourney selection. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Jonathan Huffman (213-F/C-86, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Louisville) A big man with a great shooting touch. Jonathan is a true seven footer with NBA size and great shooting skills from deep. He is very talented and could be a big time European professional. He basketball skills are extremely high and when he decided to go inside he can score as well. He likes to face up and is more comfortable shooting from the perimeter. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Kenneth Cooper (208-C-87, agency: KMG Sports Management) - Kenneth has great size and lots of upside potential. He has great interior presence and is a quality shot blocker. He is a good athlete that runs the floor well. He has the potential to have a long career in international basketball.
ESL Las Vegas Day 2 Results - Jul. 28, 2010 ESL Vegas Day 2
ESL Las Vegas Day 3 Results - Jul. 29, 2010
ESL Las Vegas Day3
Game 1 (7th Place) Manchester 101 vs. Dublin 104
Today was the final day at the Doolittle Community Center and Steve taylor the DJ was rocking the house and announcing the contest in front of many international scouts.
Dublin held off Manchester 104 -101 in a tough fought contest behind the late game heroics of Sean Dantzler (193-G/F-83, college: St.Francis, NY). The first game of the final day began with a 15 to 3 run by Manchester. They showed more energy and effort in the first six minutes. Jason Stubbs (188-G-87) led the charge with six quick buckets in a matter of 4 minutes. Dublin recovered to cut the lead to 11 ending the quarter 16-27.
Manchester maintained their lead midway through the second quarter. Jamal Abu-Shamala (196-G/F-87) was very impressive for Manchester in the second. He had 6 points and 4 rebounds in the quarter. Karron Clarke (198-F-85, college: De Paul) tried to cut the lead with a series of lay-ups and three pointers but it wasn't enough to rally a come back. At the 2-minute mark Sean Dantzler woke up. He went off for 9 straight points, hitting threes from the locker room to cut the lead to 45-49 to end the first half.
In the third quarter Sean Dantzler continued to dominate the game. At the six-minute mark he had given his team the first lead. They went on to a 10-0 run with the score being 65-55 with 5-minutes to go. At the end of the third Dublin led by only 5-points 78-74 due to a couple of fast break baskets by Kent Tuttle.
In the fourth the lead was cut to 2 in less than one minute off of the clock. Gerald Carter (193-G-85, college: S.New Hampshire) controlled the game for Dublin.
Every time Manchester would cut the lead he would get a steal or drop another assist to maintain the lead. Midway through the fourth Dublin only led by 3-points 90-87. With only 2-minutes left in the game, Manchester had tied the game 96-96 with a strong showing from Kent Tuttle with a solid 15pts, 6rbs and 3ast.
With a tie game, both teams fought extremely hard to get their first win.
A steal by Micheal Bridges and the Manchester team took the lead by two. Danztler felt the game slipping away and started to stroke it from NBA range.
With an opportunity to tie the game, Danztler got a steal to seal the win on his way to an outstanding game with 24pts, 7rbs, along with the athletic Karron Clarke who also added 24pts, and 2rbs. James Tyler (218-C-88) the work horse for the team also added a double - double with his 14pts and 12 rbs.
Jamal Abu-Shamala the hot shooting swing man with nice all around skills led Manchester with 21pts, and added 5rbs was impressive for the losers along with teammate Jason Stubbs the NCAA Division II All American had his best game as he contributed 19pts along with 2ast showing some nice guard skills. Game Co-MVP Sean Danztler 24pts 7rbs 2ast
Monaco held off a late rally of Zurich 101 - 97 stealing the game in the final quarter to come away with the win. The game was evenly matched midway through the first quarter. Both teams started slow. As the quarter came to an end, coach Darrell Armstrong (182-G-68, college: Fayetteville St.) required his team to push up on defense. Their defensive pressure gave them a 21-16 lead with a minute to play. Zurich found some holes in the defense with an 8-point quarter from Dayshawn Wright (198-F-85, college: Mountain St.)
The score read 23-22 Monaco led at the end of the first.
The second quarter had several lead changes until the 3-minute mark. Trevor Bing (188-G-85) and Dayshawn Wright were going back and forth for their team. Wright had a dominant quarter on the boards with 5 rebounds. Zurich began to pull away at the end of the half increasing their lead to 7, 38-45. A steal and a three and the half-time score was 42-45 for Zurich.
In the third quarter Monaco went cold. They didn't score their first point of the quarter until the 8-minute mark. They were down 55-46 with under 8-minutes to play in the quarter. Monaco started picking up full court and they were able to cut the lead to 3, 62-58 with 5-minutes left in the quarter. They cut the lead to one but Brandon Brown (201-F, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) made a drive to the basket to give his team a 5-point advantage. At the end of the quarter the score was 75-70 for Zurich.
At the 8-minute mark Monaco took their first lead of the game behind impressive defense and Lamont Huston taking care of the scoring load with 5 quick points. An 83-81 lead for Monaco would make fore an interesting finish to the game. With intense defense and a pair of big threes from Huston and Bing team Monaco had stretched their lead to 10 points with 4-minutes to play. As the game ended team Monaco held on to a 5-point lead to finish the game with a 101-97 victory Jamal Guyton had an outstanding game with 19 points along with 5 rebounds and 2 assists. The talented athletic forward Brandon Brown (201-F, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) had another monster performance and led his team with a double-double adding 12 points and 13 rebounds along with teammates Glean Eddy (196-F-82, college: Colorado) and Dayshawn Wright who also added 12pts in a losing effort.
Trevor Bing the ultra quick guard was sensational and displayed a great all around point guard game as he scored 20pts for the winners.
Willie Irick put in another quality performance and scored 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds and the former ESL standout Marcus Watts scored 17 points and pulled 8 rebounds for Monaco. Game Co-MVP Trevor Bing 20pts. 5rbs. & Marcus Watts (201-F-86, college: Chattanooga) 17pts. 8rbs. 3ast.
Venice holds off Geneva 109 - 105 in a back and fourth battle that went down to the wire. The first quarter began with Dustin Mitchell (206-F/C) on firer. He score 10-points in the first 8 minutes of the game for Venice. Tyronne Mcneal (213-C-87, college: Miami Dade CC)l helped Geneva to a 25-19 with 6-points in the first and had a strong game throughout finishing with 15 points 8 rebounds along with 2 assists. The second quarter started with a run by Geneva. Demetrius Williamson (198-F-87) had a good start to the quarter with two bombs from downtown for Venice. Sammy Monroe (198-F-85, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Newberry) had a hot spurt at the midway point connecting on 7 points in 5-minutes to give Geneva their largest lead 44-36. Channing Toney (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances) showed some impressive moves on the floor scoring 11 points in 8-minutes. With a run by Venice late in the half to cut the lead to one, Matthew Barrow (193-G-86) connected on 6 points to maintain their advantage. The half ended with a 48-47 lead for Geneva.
Through the third quarter the game was evenly matched. Both teams displayed heart and desire in a tough battle. At the five minute mark the score was tied 68-68. Chris Gatlin (198-G/F-87, college: LSU-Shreveport) seemed to be in the flow of the third with 11 points it the quarter for Venice. Michael Anderson (201-F-86, agency: Union Sports, college: Va Commonwealth) passed the way for Geneva with 9 points with 4-minutes to play and ending with 14 point and 6 rebounds for the game. Late in the third Dominique Keller (201-F-88) checked in with a quick 6 points all from down town. At the end of the third it was an 86-78 ball game with Venice holding the lead.
Venice held on to their lead 3-minutes into the fourth quarter. Bilal Benn was the man responsible with 4 big buckets in the first 5-minutes. With Limited time Dominique looked really impressive with 5 rebounds in the quarter. But it wasnt enough as Venice held a 10 point lead at the 5-minute mark 98-88. With-in a 1:30 span Geneva cut the lead to a 4 point lead. The run was led by Terrance Woodbury (201-G/F-86, college: Georgia) with 6 in that span. And just like that we had a two point game with 3-minutes to go.
The game was getting tight as players were getting tired. With so much emotion, players had to dig deep to find some energy to finish the game. With a minute left to play Terrance hit a big 3 to give Geneva the lead 102-101. But Devon Greene (198-G/F-84, college: Grand Canyon) answered back with a three point play to give Venice an 105-102 advantage. Terrance Woodbury again answered the call penetrating to the basket with a bucket making it a one point game. Robert Taylor (188-G-83, college: Rider) got a three point play giving Venice a 108-104 lead with 30 seconds to play. A turnover and some free-throws and the game would end with Venice on top 109-105.
Matthew Barrow. had a monstrous game with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assist along with teammate Terrance Woodbury (201-G/F-86, college: Georgia) the former All SEC player added 18 points 8 rebounds and 5 assists in a losing effort. The winning team had outstanding play from the the game MVP Dustin Mitchell the Division II All American scored 20 points along with 7 rebounds along with teammate Devon Greene (198-G/F-84, college: Grand Canyon) the IBL Standout who once averaged 37ppg in that league also chipped in with 20 points 4 rebounds and 3 assists and Demetrius Williamson (198-F-87) the super athletic pure shooter from Niagra University who added a strong 18 points and 5 rebounds to lead there team to the victory. Game MVP Dustin Mitchell 20pts. 7rbs. 2blks
Brussels the class of the ESL Las Vegas event outclassed Lugano in the Championship to a 89 - 85 victory in a tightly matched game.
The contest was close for most of the game but Brussels coached by Rick Mahorn had too many weapons.
Mike Taylor team was well coached and played very well all week and played well against the talented team consisting of all professional players. The Championship game started with high energy in the first five minutes. Rick Mahorn team came out slow. They were leaving players wide open. Mike Taylor's team were making them pay on every error on defense. Marcus Stout (193-G-86, college: Fordham) paced the way for Lugano in the first quarter. Lugano finished the first with a 30-20 advantage.
In the second quarter Lugano increased the lead to 12. Brussels woke up at the 9 minute mark with some tough defense and some open court basket cutting the lead to 7. At the 5-minute mark the lead remained the same. Lugano was able to sustain the Brussels run behind 4 points from Wellington Smith (201-F-87, agency: KMG Sports Management). Jermaine Watson (193-G-81, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Boston Coll.) for Brussels led a charge to cut the lead to a six point game. With the first half winding down Brussels cut the lead to three. Lugano had trouble with the intensity of the Brussels defensive and up tempo style of play. The half ended 44-41 Lugano leading the way. Brussels tied the game with a quick three by Wellington Smith 44-44. The game continued to be close with the teams exchanging the lead throughout the first six minutes. Until Rick Mahorn team gained a five point lead 60-55. They were able to hold on to the lead for the rest of the quarter. At the end of the third Brussels led 66-60.
ESL Las Vegas Day 1 Results - Jul. 21, 2010
Zurich 91 vs. Brussels 97
Brussels overwhelmed Zurich 97-91 with their sheer size, talent and athleticism. Rick Mahorn the former NBA player was in charge of the Brussels team and directed them to a win using his experience. The first quarter of the game was evenly balanced. Both teams are leaving it all on the court for the International coaches and scouts in attendance. At the end of the first quarter Zurich held a two-point lead with Timothy Jennings (193-G-83, agency: GOTathletes, college: Gardner-Webb) leading his team with 8 in the first quarter.
The second quarter began with an 11-point lead at the 9-minute mark. Brandon Brown (201-F, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) stepped his game up during a 5-minute stretch with 8 points. Brussels struggled to get points due to way too much one on one play. At the 4-minute mark, Zurich had stretched their lead to 16 points. Timothy Jennings continued to lead his team with his physical play giving them their biggest lead of the game of 17 points with 1:30. At the end of the first half Zurich dominated Brussels by 15 points.
The fourth quarter began with a two pointer from Kenneth Cooper (208-C-87, agency: KMG Sports Management) giving Brussels a three-point lead. At the five minute mark Jermaine Watson quietly put his stamp on the game. He exploded in the forth quarter with 13 points in 7:30. Zurich made their push but Jermaine Watson was too strong for them. Brussels win 97 to 91.
Jermaine Watson exploded with an unbelievable game hitting shots from downtown and killing the guards from Zurich with dribble penertration and his killer cross over skills. He ended up with 34 points and 5 assists. Reggie Jackson the ultra quick guard who played for the Newcastle team in the BBL had a quality game featuring his quickness, experience and fine shooting netted 17 points and 5 assists. Wellington Smith (201-F-87, agency: KMG Sports Management) of Brussels had a terrific game showcasing his skills and nice all around game and ended up with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Zurich was led by the talented Brandon Brown who did a little bit of everything and scored 20 points and 7 rebounds. He is a very talented player who competed well against a more talented front line of Brussels. Timothy Jennings played well for Zurich and added 16 points and 5 rebounds.
Venice beat Dublin in a very competitive game that featured two very talented teams. This game began with impressive play from Sean Sean Dantzler (193-G/F-83, college: St.Francis, NY). He opened the game with three threes from NBA range. Dublin had a lot of energy in the first half. They played well on both ends of the floor. At the end of the first they lead 31 to 26. Sean Dantzler lead all scores with 9.
The second quarter was more of the same. Dublin seemed to be more physical and athletic. John Boyer (185-G-88) and Sean Dantzler lead Dublin to a 57 45 lead over Venice.
Venice made a run in the beginning of the third cutting the lead to eight but Dublins offensive abilities where too strong pushing the lead back up to 11. Demetrius Williamson (198-F-87) woke up in the third hitting two back to back threes to pull within 5. Dublin only led 79 to 74 at the end of the third quarter. Dublin would lose ground midway through the fourth losing their lead. Coach Tunde made an adjustment to play zone. That adjustment would give them their first lead of the game 93 to 92 with 4:32 left to play. With 1 minute left to play Venice took a 4-point lead behind the solid play of bigman Dustin Mitchell (206-F/C). He hit a two pointer with 20 seconds left to give them a lead of 6 and to seal the game. Sean Sean Dantzler led all scores in a losing effort. Venice was led by a balanced attack and Demetrius Williamson scored 17 points looking like Ray Allen in the process. Dustin Mitchell the very skilled big man chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds; Robert Taylor (188-G-83, college: Rider) added 15 points and 3 rebounds and Devon Greene (198-G/F-84, college: Grand Canyon) had an impressive 13 points for the winning side. Dublin was led by Sean Dantzler who can shoot the lights out and the big James Tyler (218-C-88, agency: GameFace Entertainment LLC) scored 17 points over powering the smaller players; Jamal Nelson added a smooth 16 points and Brian Addison (205-F-87) chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds in a losing effort.
Geneva ou tclassed Monaco 104-89 using their size and talented wing play to win the game in style. After looking at their team size and talent they have to be one of the favorites to win the ESL Las Vegas event. The Geneva team is really big and they are featuring 5 guys over 6'9' and block a lot of shots during the process.
The first quarter began with Marcus Watts (201-F-86, college: Chattanooga) passed the way for Monaco with 5 in the first quarter. This looked liked more of a defensive game from the start. Monaco had a total team effort in the first quarter giving them 24 to 18 lead in the first quarter.
The second quarter continued as a defensive battle. Both teams struggled on the offensive end because of the athletic big men on both sides. With 2 minutes left in the second Michael Anderson (201-F-86, agency: Union Sports, college: Va Commonwealth) gets a three-point play the old way and lifts Geneva to its largest lead of the game of 12. The first half ended with some monstrous dunks by Michael Anderson (201-F-86, agency: Union Sports, college: Va Commonwealth). Geneva lead 48 to 36.
The second half was when Geneva extended their lead to 18 points. Genevas athleticism seemed to be a little too much for the Monaco team. Geneva dominated the boards for most of the third quarter. But there was a rally in the Monaco players. They cut the lead to nine behind 6 quick points Michael Anderson (201-F-86, agency: Union Sports, college: Va Commonwealth). At the 3-minute mark the score was 51 to 60 Geneva. After a couple of buckets from Marcus Watts Monaco was only down 7 with 1:22 left to play in the 3rd. In a late quarter run Monaco cut the league to 1 point making for an interesting finish to the fourth quarter.
Geneva immediately put a come from behind victory to sleep beginning the fourth quarter with a 12-2 run giving them a 73-63 lead. Midway through the fourth Geneva led 70-81. They were showing the dominance they have shown in the first half. Even with a 14-point lead coach Lacet kept the pressure own demanding the best effort out of his team. Towards the end of the fourth Geneva had pushed the lead to 19 points. The Geneva was much too strong for Monaco. Michael Anderson finished with 17pts. 8rbs. 2a. in a losing effort.
Matthew Burroughs had a sweet game hitting jump shots and scoring all over the floor netting 17 points and 5 assists for Geneva. Sammy Monroe (198-F-85, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Newberry) the smooth and highly skilled wing player domianted the play and torched the the team with 19 points and 4 rebounds. Michael Anderson had a nice game and a tremendous left hand dunk chipped in 14 points; 4 rebounds and a few blocks.
Monaco was led by Michael Anderson had 17 points; 8 rebounds and a couple assists in a nice all around game. He was helped by Jamel Guyton (191-G-88) who chipped in 16 points and Marcus Watts the former ESL standout added 14 points in the losing cause.
The first quarter began with some solid play. Marcus Stout (193-G-86, college: Fordham), Pierce Caldwell (191-G, agency: Union Sports) and Jamal Abu-Shamala (196-G/F-87) began the quarter with 5 points respectfully. Lugano led the first quarter 26-27. In the second quarter, the Chicago MVP Marcel Anderson (175-G-86), started to heat up with a quick 9 points in 4 minutes. Midway through the second Manchester led by 3. Pierce Caldwell starting to burn the nets late in the second with three back to back to back threes leading Lugano to a 51-48 first half lead.
The fourth quarter began with a 5-0 run by Lugano giving them an 11-point lead. Marcus Stout and Nwevo Lawrence led the charge. Halfway through the fourth Lugano held a 12-point lead. Marcus Stout showed no mercy late in the fourth as Lugano increased their lead to 17 points.
Marcus Stout led Lugano with 24 points and 4 assists using his diverse scoring ability combined with a smooth jumpshot and great penetration moves.
He was help out by Pierce Caldwell the sharp shooting Division II All-American who chipped in with 16 points and 6 rebounds.
Christopher Hayes (206-F-87, college: Detroit Mercy) the former ESL Chicago MVP had a quality all around performance chipping in 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winning team.
The Manchester team was led by Jonathan Huffman the big man with excellent shooting skills scored 15 points also adding 10 rebounds and 3 assists.
Jamal Abu-Shamala the althetic small foward with tremondous shooting skills look good on his way to 15 points 8 rebounds and 2 assists.
Marcel Anderson the ligting quick point guard and ESL 2010 Chicago MVP looked good breaking down the defense and setting up his teammates on his way to 15 points 5 assists and 2 rebounds.
Ignition Sports Sponsor Party at the ESL Las Vegas event was a success - Jul. 21, 2010
The ESL Las Vegas event started on a Thursday night with Ignition Sports hosted a grand opening party at the Aliante Station Casino Hotel. The athmosphere was great as a lot of talented, tall and athletic players grace the function with their presence. Coaches, agents and other member of the Ignition team socialized with food and a soft bar with lots of gatorade. Ignition Sports has a fabulous training program and testing system which is ultilized by professional sports teams that require in-depth scouting information on potential players. On Friday morning during the registration and orientation Ignition tested all 80 players who attended the ESL Las Vegas event. Professional teams looking for information regarding these athletes agility, verticle jump. speed and other important data contact firstname.lastname@example.org. The ESL Las Vegas event was awesome and all of the game reports, stats and all tournament teams will be posted later today. The talent level at the ESL Las Vegas event was good enough to have sent both all tournament teams and competed in the NBA Summer League.
Eurobasket Summer League Malaga announces All Tournament Team - Jul. 21, 2010 The ESL Malaga Announces the following All Tournament Team:
Most Valuable Player
#10 Olivier Troisfontaines (195-G/F-89, agency: Promotex) (195-G/F-89, agency: Promotex) -lead team Sofia to the ESL Malaga Championship. A player that has the ability to score off the dribble. Goes to the basket very well, but has a nice outside shot to complete his balanced game. Lead his team in scoring, but also plays good defense.
2010 ESL Malaga 1st Team
Kendrick Jones (190-G-83, agency: GOTathletes, college: Columbus St.)- Great player who can run the fast break to perfection. Great leader on offense that will take the difficult shot when necessary. A team player who knows when to get the ball to the right player at the right time.
Andrew Jones (190-F/G-83, agency: Weller Sports - Entertainment, college: Miles)- Great athletic player that can just do it all. Can get the ball to the basket whenever he wants. He can shoot the three , mid range or just take it to the hole to finish it off. Definitely a European prospect player.
Rafael Molina (202-F/C-89)- A big man that has that European style game. Can hit the three or penetrate to the basket. Great versatile player that has nice low post moves. Also defends and rebounds well .
Joshua Walker (193-F-84, college: S.Wesleyan)- A great offensive player that also does the sacrifice in defense. A complete player that will give you points, rebounds and steals.
2010 ESL Malaga 2nd Team
Mohamadou Diop (210-C-87)- A young athletic big man with a bright future. Great rebounder and defensive player. His long arms arms makes his presence known in the paint. Has some nice low post moves in offense. Also has a nice soft shot from the free throw line .
Giannis Prodromou (196-F-87, agency: High Post Agency) - Strong player that has the ability to play outside and inside. Has a nice perimeter game, but can post his defendant on the low post when necessary. A player that may not be the most spectacular on the floor, but his statistics will be loaded at the end of the game.
Artem Shehepkin - A big man that will get the job done. Had a incredible tournament. Has very good low post moves in the paint. Has good instinct to always be where the ball is. Has the potential to be a very good European center.
Haran Shifman (183-G-84)- Had an excellent tournament. A player that will get the job without the mistakes. Has a great outside shot and can knock down the threes. Can penetrate to the basket to give off an assist or finish off with a layup. Great player who will lead his team on the floor.
Albert Myles (198-G-75, college: W.Texas A&M)- a veteran player who is still in excellent condition. Has the experience and talent to get the job done on both ends of the floor. Can play outside or inside because of his characteristics. He also has a European passport that ake him very attractive.
ESL 2010 Chicago Announces All Tournament Team - Jul. 16, 2010 1st Team ESL Chicago All Tournament:
Marcel Anderson (175-G-86): Co MVP of the ESL Chicago event is a super quick PG who is very athletic like an Iverson. He led the ESL Chicago in dunks and he has great passing skills. He is very fast and has great dribble penetration moves. He is very crafty on defense and he gets lots of steals. Marcel can get to the basket at will and he has a nice perimeter jump shot. Our scouts in Chicago thought he was the best guy in the building. He has the potential to play in the big leagues in Europe with a little experience in a quality league in Europe. A former Euroleague player was scouting the ESL Chicago event thought he had the potential to play at the top level in Europe soon.
Jason Warren (200-F-84, college: Missouri Western) Co-MVP of the ESL Chicago is a 68 big guard or swing player who has a tremendous shooting stroke. Jason has European experience and when he gets it going he can shoot with anyone in the world. He is a good rebounder and plays with a lot of heart. He had a tremendous ESL Chicago event and a serious talent for a quality team in Europe.
Demarius Bolds (190-G-84, agency: NM Services, college: Missouri Western) is a very athletic combo guard who does everything. He is a great slasher to the basket and finishes above the rim with either hand. Defensively he is a star who plays with a lot of intensity. He has played in the Euro Challenge Cup for a Lithuanian team and did extremely well. He is a big time talent and a great all around player who can do it all. He definitely should play at a high level in Europe.
Demetrius Williamson (198-F-87) is a young very athletic big guard who has a Ray Allen type of jump shot. This kid has next level athleticism and is a serious pure shooter. Some of the dunks he got raised eyebrows and people out of there seats. He has NBA like potential especially if he works on his ball handling ability. The kid is a big time talent that has a great body and great attitude with a pure jump shot. He is ready for a good medium level team in Europe but has the potential to play big time basketball in the next few years either in the top level in Europe or NBA.
Richard Oruche (191-G-88) is a big guard with a tremendous shooting stroke who shot the lights out in our Chicago event. He has a Nigerian passport which makes him a Contonu Player and would be a great addition to a French Pro A club or a LEB Gold Team in Spain. He has nice size and he is very coachable and in college shot 40% from the 3pt line. He is a great prospect for Europe and a quality player.
2nd Team ESL Chicago All Tournament:
Rochestor Rogers is a blue collar type of a basketball player that you dont notice but at the end of the game with have 20 points and 13 rebounds. He has an outstanding knack to be around the basket and he is a tough guy who battles every possession. Due to his size I think he would be perfect for entry level teams in Europe looking for a big guard or swing player. He knocks down jump shots and does everything else. If you dont know his name at the beginning of the contest you will know it at the end.
Steve McNabb (183-G, college: Georgia Perimeter) is an ultra quick point guard with crafty left hand moves. He can get to the basket against anyone due to his sizzling quickness and moves. He is a natural scorer and is very talented, exciting and fun to watch. He is a potential pro player who will make the right team who is looking for a quality PG happy.
Stanley Thomas (194-G/F-80) is a smooth left handed operator who plays either the big guard or swing position. Stanley can shoot the ball, go one on one or penetrate to the basket and score. He was very efficient in Chicago and shot the ball extremely well. Stan can play at a good level in Europe and is perfect for teams in need of a consistent scorer.
Anthony Simmons (198-F-85, college: Purdue N.Central) is a quality athlete who plays hard, rebounds, plays good defense and hits open shots from the perimeter. He is nice around the basket and had a great tournament at the ESL in Chicago. Anthony would be perfect for teams in England, Finland, Switzerland and Sweden. He is a good all around player and a good athlete.
Jasen Hunt (196-F-82, college: Central State) is a super athlete with a big time body and knocks down jump shots consistently. He is the type of guy who has a professional mentality and a great work ethic who is willing to get better. He is an outstanding team player who is going to put up numbers without dominating the ball. He is going to get points in transition, offensive rebounding and in an organized system. He is a quality player for a team that likes winning.
ESL Chicago All tournament Honorable Mention:
Derrick Wimmer (193-G-84, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) had two quality games at the ESL but was probably one of the most natural scorers and shooter in the tourney. He is a knock down deep ball shooter but has the ability to create and get to the basket. He is very athletic and very crafty offensively. He should have been on the ESL Chicago All tournament Team based off of his pure talent. I really liked his game and know he can play in Europe in leagues like Germany and Belgium.
Zach Malvik (188-G-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Winona St.) is a nice player who penetrates and scores in a variety of ways. He is an excellent combo guard and probably has the possibility to get a European passport. He had a quality tourney at the ESL in Chicago and was a classy player with lots of potential. I would have like to seen him be more consistent with his long perimeter jump shots and he would have been a 1st team All tournament player. He definitely can play some where in Europe.
ESL Chicago Day Two Results - Jul. 15, 2010
ESL Chicago Day Two Results
Amsterdam beat London 108 -99 in a high octane scoring contest. Marcel Anderson (175-G-86) continued to raise eye browns with a stunning performance that featured a lot of dunks, steal, assists and spectacular moves. He scored 31 points and dished out 6 assists; his speed, quickness and athleticism are Iverson like. Stanley Thomas (194-G/F-80) the left handed smooth swing man from also chipped in 25 points and 10 rebounds. He can score the ball and has a ton of moves finishing with a nice jumper or taking the ball to the hoop. Anthony Simmons (198-F-85, college: Purdue N.Central) also had a spectacular game scoring 25 points and pulling down 12 rebounds for the Amsterdam team. Anthony did a little of everything and showed his versatility during the process. Dwayne Wright (180-G) the speedy PG from the Amsterdam team also had a nice game scoring 15 points; 9assists and 4 steals. London was led by Rochestor Rogers who scored 29 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a serious workman like fashion. Rochestor is the hardest working guy in the ESL Chicago event and he has a nose for being around the basketball. Michael Bridges added 22 points and 11 rebounds for the London team and showed his nice all around skills. Zach Malvik (188-G-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Winona St.) and Richard Oruche (191-G-88) both added another 17 points per player for the London team. The game featured a high scoring first quarter with a lot of scoring from Amsterdam. They strolled out to a 42-26 first quarter lead with Marcel Anderson leading the way with 11 points. Victor Morris (185-G-85, college: Cleveland St.) scored 12 points in the period as well. The ESL coach Tunde Adekola of the Amsterdam team said his team 71 point half time scoring performance was due to great team play. The guys moved the basketball around like they have been playing for one month. The half time score was 71-46 in favor of Amsterdam who excellent team play outshine the selfish one on one play of the London team. After the third quarter the Amsterdam team was leading 88-66. Amsterdam was complacent in the third quarter after establishing the big half time lead and let London back in the game. Amsterdam won 108-99 and held off a marvelous fourth quarter comeback from the London team. London came back by using a zone defense and scored a lot of transition points.
Warsaw defeated Athens 90 89 in a sizzling contest as sharp shooting Demetrius Williamson (198-F-87) dropped 29 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead his team to the win. He had a lot of help from Steve McNabb (183-G, college: Georgia Perimeter) who scored 23 points and dished out 5 assists in a stellar point guard performance. Athens was led by Jason Warren (200-F-84, college: Missouri Western) who scored 22 points and 12 rebounds. Jasen Hunt (196-F-82, college: Central State) also chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds for the Athens team. Athens basically had the game and just went asleep after opening up a big lead. Athens began the game scoring easy transition points and using their superior inside presence to open a early first quarter lead 25-18. The Athens team opened up a double digit half time lead but Warsaw kept fighting back. THEY SEEM LIKE THEY WERE IN CONTROL OF THE GAME BUT WARSAW KEPT FIGTING AND TOOK THE LEAD 79-78 WITH 430 LEFT IN THE GAME. Demetrius Williamson from Niagra and Steve McNabb led the Warsaw team storming back in the game with great offensive play. The game went to the final possession with the score 88-87 Warsaw ahead and at the free throw line with 34 seconds left in the contest. Warsaw miss the front end of the one and one and Demarius Bolds (190-G-84, agency: NM Services, college: Missouri Western) drove the full length of the court to give Amsterdam a 89-88 lead. However Warsaw scored in the final 6 seconds to steal the victory for Warsaw.
Athens defeated Amsterdam 109 80 in an easy victory to force a three was tie of 2-1 a top of the ESL Chicago table. After doing a point differential between the top three teams both of these teams will face each other again for the ESL Championship. Jason Warren was the mane of this game as the smooth shooting 68 guard torched the Amsterdam team for 39 points and 16 rebounds. Jason was 7-12 from the 3pt line and the game was over once he got on fire. Demarius Bolds had a terrific game scoring 23 points and pulling 6 rebounds showing off his European professional experience. Bolds is a very talented combo guard who is super athletic and can do it all. Marcel Anderson once again led Amsterdam with 22 points and 5 assists using his blinding speed and athleticism. He received a lot of help from Stanley Thomas who scored 20 points and pulled down 6 rebounds. Imari Sawyer had a nice game scoring 14 points, 8 assists and 4 rebounds. Athens got off to a strong start behind strong scoring from the whole team. The first quarter was a mirror image of what we have seen so far from the Athens team as Jason Warren leading the way with his scoring. The half time score was 37-35 with Athens leading after a slow first half. Both teams pick up their coring in the third quarter in a classic seesaw battle. However in the forth Amsterdam seem tired and ran out of bullets as Athens just steamrolled them in the final period.
ESL Chicago Final Day Results - Jul. 15, 2010 ESL Chicago Final Day Results:
London defeated Warsaw 112-106 to capture the 3rd place and their first victory of the ESL event. Rochestor Rogers again put his had hat on and reminded us of a Kirk Rambis type of performance as he scored 27 points and grabbed 15 rebounds. Richard Oruche (191-G-88) the dynamic pure shooter added 27 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Zach Malvik (188-G-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Winona St.) also scored 25 points and 5 assists as he had his best scoring game of the ESL tourney. Michael Bridges had another solid scoring performance by chipping in 20 points. Warsaw was led by Steve McNabb (183-G, college: Georgia Perimeter) who scored a sizzling 32 points and was unstoppable in the process. Demetrius Williamson (198-F-87) the sharp shooting and very athletic swing from Niagara scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Derrick Wimmer (193-G-84, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) also chipped in 19 points illustrating his fine shooting and scoring ability. Brandon Lawson (188-F-85) had a nice scoring game as well as he chipped in 19 points for the losing side Warsaw.
The first have started relatively even as both teams exchanged the lead several times. Derrick Wimmer scored half of Warsaw points in the first quarter The score was 29-29 at the end of the first quarter as this game was an even encounter. The second quarter was pretty much the same until London went on a late surge to open nice half time lead. GOING INTO THE FORTH QUARTER LONDON HELD A DOUBLE DIGIT LEAD. LONDON EVENTUALLY WON 112 -106 FOR THEIR FIRST VICTORY TO WIN THE 3RD PLACE IN THE ESL CHICAGO EVENT.
Athens defeated Amsterdam 117 -104 to capture the ESL Chicago Championship.
The championship of the ESL event was a classic rematch of day two event where Athens won the contest as well. Going into this game Athens was the favorite based on the size, experience and the fact that they won the first encounter. Jason Warren (200-F-84, college: Missouri Western) had another great game as he scored 28 points and 6 rebounds. His side kick Demarius Bolds (190-G-84, agency: NM Services, college: Missouri Western) was spectacular as he scored 28 points; 4 rebounds; 5 assists and had 5 steals. Jasen Hunt (196-F-82, college: Central State) played like super man and had 18 points and 10 rebounds as he was really athletic and showed his shooting ability. Ryan Nelson (198-G, college: Kennesaw St.) played really well in the first half and ended up with 13 points and 5 boards. Chris Gardner (188-G, college: Trinity Intern.) had another solid game as the scoring guard chipped in 16 points and had 6 assists.
Amsterdam was led again by the explosive Marcel Anderson (175-G-86) as he torched Athens with 31 points; 8 assists and 3 steals. He is the most talented player at the ESL Chicago event with tremendous upside potential. Stanley Thomas (194-G/F-80) scored 19 points and pulled 4 rebounds as he had a terrific weekend at the Chicago event. Victor Morris (185-G-85, college: Cleveland St.) shot and scored well netting 17 points and 4 steals in the loss. Dwayne Wright (180-G) and Imari Sawyer (187-G-82, college: De Paul) both played well and added 14 points and 13 points respectively and both guards ended up with 6 assists in this game. Anthony Simmons (198-F-85, college: Purdue N.Central) posted a double double posting 10 points and 10 rebounds in the game.
The first half featured Athens controlling the contest fueled by the play of Jason Warren and Ryan Nelson who both scored 11 first half points. Marcel Anderson and Stanley Thomas as usual were the best players on the Amsterdam team. Athens just dominated the game from beginning to end until the forth quarter. Amsterdam got back into the game after going zone and pulled 98-95 after being down by 12 points. However Athens kept hitting three point shots all over the place in a great display of perimeter shooting. Athens was the class of the ESL Chicago event and Jason Warren and Demarius Bolds were too dominate and showed their professional experience.
Players Age Country Points Rebounds Assist. Steals
#27 Lorenzo Bell 30 USA 9 4 1 #42 Haran Shifman 26 Israel 12 3 3 #54 Demoriel Purnell USA 11 1 5 1 #58 Loktionov Igor 24 Ukrania 15 8 1 2 #61 Charles Rulako 21 Britain 4 1 1 #62 Gaafar El Souri 25 Sudan 9 4 1 #13 Mitja Osole 24 Slovenia 7 2 2 #68 Joshua Walker 26 USA 19 9 1 2
Players Age Country Points Rebounds Assist. Steals
#3 Mehmet Sinan 28 Turkey 5 1 #4 Artem Shchepkin Ukrania 15 6 3 1 #5 Quinton Beasley 23 USA 3 1 2 #11 Taryll Myles 34 USA-Bosman A 17 2 1 4 #15 Chris Hunt 25 USA 15 9 1 #29 Carlton Williams 31 USA 15 7 2 #64 Rafa Molina 21 Spain 19 9 3 #66 Tyler Lieghton 22 USA 8 3 #22 Jerry Hudson 30 USA 11 4 1 2
The Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas was an awesome display of talent - Jul. 12, 2010
The ESL 2010 Las Vegas event was an awesome display of talent. There were scouts from Austrailia, Japan, Spain, Finland, NBDL, NBA, Portugal, Uraguay, Mexico, Germany, Austria, Lithuania, Sweden, ABA and the PBL. This was the most talented event that the ESL has ever had in it's three year history. A lot of the scouts refused to leave and focussed on the ESL instead of going to the NBA Summer League. Rick Mahorn the former NBA player and famous memberof Detroit's Bad Boys won the ESL Championship and was a very positive influence on the winning team.
Rick's NBA experience and hard work ethic was implemented into the talented athletes on his team who played hard especially of the defensive side and set great picks all weekend. His knowledge of the game and calm presence were vital in their victory. Darrell Armstrong (182-G-68, college: Fayetteville St.) the former NBA point guard and current Dallas Mavericks coach participated in two games and did an excellent job for his team who went 2-0 with his presence. Deane Martin the former NBDL and Japan League coach managed an ESL team; Larry Lessett a former coach from the LNBP league in Mexico coached a team; Mike Taylor from ULM in Germany took his team to his second straight 2nd place finished in the ESL Las Vegas event; Dan Tacheny a former NBA scout and current LNBP (Mexico) coach managed another ESL squad.
Tunde Adekola the Ulm assistant coach and the ESL veteran did a great job and was very closed to the Championship game. The feed back from the European coaches that attended the event were impressed at the talent level and the fact that the teams were organized and played systems due to the level of professional coaches in the event. The Doolittle facility allowed all the teams ample practice time due to having an gym that was only used for practice and testing by Ignition Sports. There were a lot of job offers on the spot for some of the most talented players at the event and there will be more offers to follow.
The game reports and all tournament teams from the Chicago and Las Vegas events will be posted as our staff returns from Las Vegas on Tuesday morning. Next week the ESL will feature a dual men and women's event in the Atlanta area at the Suwanee Sports Center.
ESL 2010 is back in Las Vegas and will be a special display of talent - Jul. 8, 2010 The ESL is back in Las Vegas and this years event (July 9-11th) will be an awesome display of talent at the Doolittle Community Center.
In addition the ESL Las Vegas event will feature the Global Basketball Expo which is a networking opportunity for the international basketball community.
This year the talent level at the ESL Las Vegas event is incredible and will feature over 40 players who are taller than 67 and the majority of players have international professional experience.
The rest of the players are rookies from some of the best NCAA programs in the United States and we have a variety of NAIA and NCAA II All-Americans.
On Thursday evening at 8pm at the Aliante Casino Station and Hotel Ignition Sports will be sponsoring the ESL 2010 Las Vegas opening party which will be an opportunity to network with coaches, agents, players, international scouts, NBA scouts and other members from the global basketball community.
If you are in Las Vegas scouting at the NBA Summer League and you want to find that special diamond in the rough player that nobody has ever heard of then ESL is the place for you.
The following is the ESL Las Vegas Game Schedule:
Venue: Doolittle Community Center, 1950 J Street, Las Vegas, NV 89106
July 9th Games: Main Court:
G1) Brussels KMG) vs. Zurich 11am
G2) Dublin (RBA) vs. Venice 12:30pm
G3) Geneva (Dream City) vs. Monaco (Prestige) 2pm
G4) Lugano vs. Manchester 3:30pm
July 10th Games: Main Court:
G5) Winner of G3 vs. Winner of G4 10am
G6) Loser of G3 vs. Loser of G4 11:30am
G7) Winner of G1 vs. Winner of G2 1pm
G8) Loser of G1 vs. Loser of G2 2:30pm
July 11th Games: Main Court:
G9) Loser of G6 vs. Loser of G8 10am (7th Place)
G10) Winner of G6 vs. Winner of G8 11:30am (5th Place)
G11) Loser of G5 vs. Loser of G7 1pm (3rd Place)
G12) Winner of G5 vs. Winner of G7 2:30pm (1st Place)
Please review the following link below to get more ESL news, locations, videos and registration information.
Robert Conley will speak at the ESL Las Vegas event (Global Basketball Expo) this weekend - Jul. 6, 2010 Robert Conley (198-G/F-77, college: Clayton St.) (198-G/F-77, college: Clayton St.) has enjoyed the ride of a fabulous career in European basketball spanning 11 years in Lithuania, France, Germany, Italy, Greece, Serbia, Spain and Israel. He has been the ultimate American import on the majority of his teams and has always dominated competition and been highly respected by his peers and employers. His success has landed him at Tau Victoria and the Euroleague Final Four, The ULEB Cup Final Four, FIBA Challenge Cup, Korac Cup, Adriatic League and a variety of other European competitions. Robert also had a short stint with the Toronto Raptors and played in a few preseason games after dominating the NBA Summer League team. Robert will be speaking at the Global Basketball Expo which is part of the ESL Las Vegas event in a player development seminar. Robert's knowledge and experience of playing in the European market will provide a valuable insight of international basketball to the 80 players who will be attending the ESL Las Vegas event. The Global basketball Expo is a range of information base seminars for coaches, players, agents, scouts, administrators and other people from the global basketball community. The event's objective is to create networking opportunities for the attendee's and to provide information regarding international basketball. Robert Conley has been on tour with the ESL this summer in Atlanta and North Carolina where he has coached teams and implemented practice sessions similar to the top teams in Europe. He has been very valuable to the ESL and the younger players have gravitated to him for additional knowledge. Robert is at the end of quality career in top flight European basketball but is looking for scouting or basketball related opportunities with NBA or high-level international teams. The ESL would love to keep Robert because he has been an asset this summer but realizes his future is with a NBA team or other basketball related organization. His knowledge of the European basketball is second to none and his expertise will be on display at the Doolittle Community Center this weekend in Las Vegas (July 9-11th). The schedules of the ESL Las Vegas event and the speakers list of the Global Basketball Expo will be posted on the www.eurobasketsummerleague.com
The ESL Las Vegas will feature the best talent outside the NBA Summer League and according to our scouting director this weekend talent level will feature 70 quality players who will play next year professionally. The ESL Las Vegas players will feature 40 players over 6'7' and 50% of the players already have professional experience. The others are top rookies from major college programs, All Conference players from NCAA mid major programs and a variety of small college (NCAA II and NAIA) All Americans.
All entry level clubs in Europe please review the ESL North Carolina All Tournament Team and Awards - Jul. 6, 2010 ESL North Carolina Announces the All Tournament Team:
Demario Mattox (188-G-87, college: Hampton) and Dane Sparrow (188-F) were selected Co-MVPs of the ESL North Carolina event which featured some quality players who have the potential to very good players in Europe.
Dane Sparrow led his team to the ESL Championship by doing everything and playing team basketball. He is a very talented scorer who can create off the dribble and finish by going all the way to the basket and using his nice jump shot. He is a big guard who plays great defense and makes good decisions with the basketball. He could have easily scored a lot more points in the ESL tournament but he is the ultimate team player and will fit in with other quality players. He would do extremely well in countries like Sweden, England, Switzerland, Austria and Finland.
Demario Mattox is a next level freakish athlete that plays as intense as anyone Ive seen during the three summerss at the ESL. He is very creative off the dribble using nice cross over to get to the lane. He is a can shoot the three point very well and he catches alley opp passes way over the basket. He had the best dunks of the ESL North Carolina event and he plays above the rim. Demario is a next level defensive player and at 62 he seems like he is 64 because he plays so big. His relentless defensive pressure intimidates other players and he will steal the ball all day long. He has the potential to be a big time player in Europe and was probably the most exciting player in the North Carolina event with the brightest future in international basketball.
ESL North Carolina 1st Team:
Jermaine Ferguson (193-G/F-83, college: Geneva): Jermaine Alphonso Ferfuson was totally unstoppable at the ESL North Carolina event. He can always get off his shot at will and is super athletic with a nice med range game. Jermaine shoots the three really well and he creates off the dribble really nice. He is very strong and will over power smaller guards and jumps over them. He has already played in Sweden but can play at a higher level based off of his skill level and athleticism.
Brandon Wright (188-G-82, college: Erskine): This is a smooth scorer who can really shoot the basketball. He is very efficient with the basketball and can mix up his smooth shooting by getting to the basket. He is a very good leader and defensive player that do not like to loose. He was one of the most impressive talents at the ESL North Carolina event and will be a steal for a European team looking for a star.
James Porter (208-F/C-87): James is a big man that has great size and upside potential and definitely can play in Europe immediately. He plays great defense and rebounds very well and has some nice post moves. However he needs more experience and once he develops a little more offensively the sky will be the limit for the big man.
Keith Darden (208-F): This is a very talented 610 who is more like a wing guy and is super athletic. Some of his dunks and blocks during the weekend were incredible. He can handle the basketball in transition very well for a big man and he has a nice jump shot and can create off the dribble. If he gets stronger and make better decisions with the basketball he could be a six figure earner in Europe. His size, talent and skills are unique for a guy his size but sometimes he gets in trouble by trying to do too much. He has crazy upside potential.
ESL North Carolina 2nd Team:
Matt Parker (203-F): Matt is a big man with a nice body who has a tremendous shooting touch from deep and the mid range. Matt is perfect for a European team who wants a big that can step out and shoot from the perimeter. During the ESL North Carolina event he went out some nice shooting sprees and sometimes scored inside. He could be more effective inside once he develops a more solid inside game but is solid defensively and rebounding wise. He definitely can play somewhere internationally.
Troy Mathis (183-G): This player was crazy athletic and was a true scorer who could do it all. He reminded me of a Latrell Spreewell type of athlete and player but needs to improve his decision making. He had some tremendous dunks and plays with a lot of heart. Jernard just needs some experience but is a super talented player that is entertainment waiting to happen.
Donnie Haywood (188-G-88): He had a terrific ESL Tourney and showed he could really score whenever he wanted too. He mixed up his scoring opportunities very well. He is a very athletic and surprised a bunch of people with his flash dunks. He could really shoot the ball but was a supreme slasher.
Matthew Sossamon (203-F-87): Matt had a nice tournament and showed that he is a great athlete with a knack of getting to the bucket and playing over the rim. He is a great rebounder and had a couple of double-doulbes. He is definitely talented enough to play in Europe in the smaller markets. He has the potential to move up but need to learn how to shoot the basketball better and more consistently.
Tryston Lawrence (191-G-88): He is a winner who knows how to play the game. He understands the mental aspects of the game and is a true leader. He had some of the best passes at the ESL event in North Carolina and did everything for his team offensively and defensively. As a PG he does everything right and is probably too unselfish. He can play basketball somewhere overseas.
Troy Mathis: We called him Mr Big Shot at the ESL North Carolina event. Every time his team was losing momentum and needed a score he had a knack of hitting clutch three pointers and big shots. He is a warrior on the court and works hard to be better. He is very coachable and a guard who can really shoot the basketball. Troy has a nice body and can really score the basketball once he gets going.
Ignition APG Official Performance Partner for EuroBasket Summer League - Jul. 2, 2010 Ignition APG Official Performance Partner for EuroBasket Summer League Las Vegas, Nevada 2010 Tournament
CINCINNATI; June 17, 2010 Ignition Athletic Performance Group has been named the official performance partner of the EuroBasket Summer Leagues Las Vegas tournament. Because of Ignitions training and athlete exposure experience, the EuroBasket Summer League has announced that Ignition will provide athlete testing and compile performance statistics used to produce player profiles for prospective scouts and leagues.
The EuroBasket Summer League is the number one international athlete exposure event in the basketball market. All attending players have professional experience in addition to remarkably successful college careers. This event has allowed for over three hundred players to compete in professional leagues all over the world in the past two years. The event is attended by international basketball scouts, sports agents, global basketball expo participants, international coaches and professionals and NBA scouts.
Ignition APG is excited to have the opportunity to work with an organization such as the EuroBasket Summer League said Ignition APGs Performance Director Clif Marshall. We look forward to sharing our training and testing program with the players and coaches.
Ignition APG intends to test all participants on key basketball measurables and compile statistics during the event held July 9-11th.
About Ignition Ignition APG is the leader in performance training with locations in Cincinnati, Ohio and Naples, Florida that specializes in taking elite athletes to their performance potential. Ignitions philosophy is to coach the athlete through the combination of training mind, body and spirit. Ignition has experience through professional combine drills and proficient techniques which yield optimal results in speed, strength and agility.
CONTACT: Clif Marshall, Performance Director Ignition APG 513-247-9501 website: www.ignitionapg.com
Coach Tunde Adekola Notable in ESL-Chicago - Jul. 3, 2010
After 2 days at the ESL-Chicago, team Amsterdam and coach Tunde Adekola are in first place and might be considered the favorites to win the championship. Coach Adekola has his team not only playing sound defense with precise rotation, but also unselfishly on offense. At some intervals, his team ball movement was so crisp that you would think they've played together for a couple of months. When asked his opinion about the camp, coach Adekola said, ' first and foremost, I would like to extend my gratitude towards Darryl and ESL for making me a part of their family. For 3 straight summers scouting and coaching at the ESL camps, the talent never seize to amaze me. This year in Chicago, the guard play is gratifying to watch, with detonating intensity and dynamic display of explosiveness. I am fortunate to have a court-side seat and see the action first hand.'
Born in New York and raised in Nigeria, coach Adekola attended Saint Michael's College in Vermont with a degree in Finance. He is currently the assistant coach in the top league in Germany for ratiopharm ratiopharm Ulm, headed by coach Mike Taylor . Ironically, coach Taylor is also part of the ESL family. When asked about his relationship with coach Taylor, coach Adekola had this to say, ' It is a real pleasure working with Mike T and the whole ratiopharm Ulm organization. Not only is Mike Taylor one of the most respected coaches in Europe, our management duo of Thomas Stoll and Andreas Ottel are equally respected for leading the way to a promising future. Similar to ESL, working in ratiopharm Ulm has a strong family atmosphere.'
Before joining the ratiopharm ratiopharm Ulm as their top assistant, coach Tunde Adekola won 2 championships in 3 years coaching in Denmark's top league. Adekola is also heavily involved with the development of basketball in his native country of Nigeria. He has worked along side top NBA coaches, players and personnel in Africa with Basketball Without Borders, an NBA initiative using basketball to promote health and awareness while scouting for talent. In conjunction with his affable personality, the 30 year old coach also have a way of motivating his players to perform at their optimum level. ' I try to extend my passion onto the players in a positive and respective manner. I believe players are smart and are ready to be challenged. I just try to be as transparent as possible while leading with passion and energy.' Adekola is without question, a rising star in this profession with great potential. And finally, when asked about his future aspirations, coach Tunde Adekola said, 'my immediate goal is to continue learning about the game, to try and help my current team, ratiopharm ratiopharm Ulm have a successful season and continue building strong relationships. In the future, I envision myself working diligently with the grass-root development of basketball in Africa, and hopefully extend my services to an NBA team. Coach Tunde Adekola will be joining the ESL family in Vegas next week as one of its coaches.
ESL Chicago Event at Attack Athletics for the third straight year - Day 1 - Jul. 3, 2010
The ESL is back at Attack Athletics in Chicago for the third straight summer. The popular Attack Athletics has been the home of the ESL the past three years and the atmosphere is a perfect fitting for players showcasing their skills. At any time you may see a NBA All-Star stroll through the facility to work out with Tim Grover. Tim Grover is the former trainer of Michael Jordan (199-F-63, college: N.Carolina) but trains current stars like Kobe Bryant (198-G-78), Dwyane Wade (193-G-82, college: Marquette), Gilbert Arenas (190-G-82, college: Arizona) and the long list goes on. Tim is considered one of the best in the professional basketball market and NBA pros flock to the Attack Athletics venue in the summer. In addition the NBA Pre-Draft camp was hosted at Attack Athletics earlier this year and our ESL players are usually excited to play in this type of setting.
Game 1: The first contest on Thursday featured Amsterdam defeating Warsaw 114 - 101. The first quarter was a very close as both teams played intense basketball and scored a lot of points. Everybody was getting a feel of their teammates and the chemistry was not perfect but the players played hard. The guard matchup was very intriguing because former ESL standout Steve McNabb (183-G, college: Georgia Perimeter) who is ultra quick was in sizzling form. However Amsterdam had the answer with lighting quick and athletic guard Marcel Anderson (175-G-86) raised a lot of eyebrows with his fast break dunks. Both of these guards put on a show and set the tone for the rest of the game. This was a scoring battle between both teams and a lot of players looked very well. Anthony Simmons (198-F-85, college: Purdue N.Central) was dominating around the paint and just scored in transition and was always in the right position as he scored 30 points and had 6 rebounds. Victor Morris (185-G-85, college: Cleveland St.) the sharp shooter and crafty guard scored 26 points; 10 rebounds and had 6 assists. He put on a scoring show and demonstrated a pure shooting touch. Stanley Thomas (194-G/F-80) from Amsterdam is a veteran of the ESL and the minor league circuit in the United States was unstoppable with his left handed smooth mid-range game scored 27 points. Stanley is a big time scorer who puts up big numbers and should be playing overseas somewhere. Dwayne Wright (180-G) from Eastern Illinois was like a sparkplug and he energized the Amsterdam to victory with a good all around guard game. Warsaw was led by Demetrius Williamson (198-F-87) from Niagara University put on a shooting display from deep. The guy scored 33 points and had NBA range from long distance and he was very athletic as well. Steve McNabb poured in 22 points and 6 assists showing off his quickness and quality. Christopher Owens (191-G, college: Morris) also had a solid offensive performance as he scored 16 points in a variety of ways. He is a natural scorer. The game was always controlled by Amsterdam fueled by their great team play which was impressive.
Athens barely beat London 101-99 in a game that they let London back in the game. Athens had the athletes and the size but lacked the killer instinct. During one period everyone thought that Athens was going to cruse to an easy win but London kept fighting and had a chance at the end. Athens was led by Jason Warren (200-F-84, college: Missouri Western) and Demarius Bolds (190-G-84, agency: NM Services, college: Missouri Western) both former ESL Chicago players who have went and played in Europe professionally. Jason is a 68 guard or swing man who can fill it up from deep or use his size to go and score around the basket. Demarius Bolds is a combo guard who is an intense athletic competitor who locks up on defense and can score with the best of them. Jason Warren scored 29 points and had 6 rebounds while Demarius Bolds scored 21 points and 5 rebounds in the victory. Jasen Hunt (196-F-82, college: Central State) added great all around play and had 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. London was led by Richard Oruche (191-G-88) who scored 31 points and 8 rebounds displaying a tremendous shooting touch from deep. Rochestor Rogers had an outstanding game and did a little bit of everything as he scored 22 points; 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Michael Bridges competed with the quality players from Athens and scored 18 points and pulled down 7 rebounds.
This game was the second game for both teams today and a survival of fitness. A lot of guys were getting cramps and the level of play went down as well. The first half was a very tight game where both teams changed leads several times. The match up worth the fee of admission at Attack Athletics was between Demetrius Williamson and Michael Bridges. Both guys got a little chippy with each other but both were two of the most talented players at the ESL Chicago. They were matched up and the strong egos took over as the players went back and forth. Their games are totally different but both are very effective players who are capable of putting up nice numbers and have a future ahead of them. At half time the score was 50-45 in Warsaw favor and they ended up extending the lead throughout their big third quarter run. In the forth quarter both teams were completely exhausted and Warsaw marched home with an easy 91-71 victory. Warsaw was led in Scoring by Derrick Wimmer with 25 points and 6 rebounds in a fine performance. Demetrius Williamson chipped in 23 points; 6 rebounds and 4 assists after battling with Bridges to get the win. Rochestor Rogers played extremely hard did everything as he led London with 20 points and 8 rebounds. He received plenty of help from Michael Bridges who scored 21 points and pulled 8 rebounds in a losing effort.
ESL North Carolina Final Day Report - A great day - Jul. 1, 2010
Greece 83, England 81
Sunday's rematch of Greece and England was a great way to start the day. Greece, still searching for their first win of the weekend, found a way to slow down Englands high scoring attack. Greece gave up 109 points to England on Saturday, and turned the defense up a notch today by slowing down England to only 81 points by the end of the game giving Greece the 83 to 81 win. Greece's main guys came through when it mattered. Jermaine Ferguson (193-G/F-83, college: Geneva) had a game high 31 points to go along with 11 rebounds and 1 steal. Ferguson grabbed a lot of long rebounds and went coast to coast through traffic for lay-ups; no one on England could stop him. Matthew Sossamon (203-F-87) also had a double double for Greece putting up 19 points and 11 rebounds. Sossamon was consistent the whole weekend with these types of performances. Jeremy James led the team in assists with 4 while also adding 11 points and 4 rebounds. Rounding out Greece point guard Donnie Haywood (188-G-88) showed tenacious defense by swatting 3 shots and bringing in 9 points and 6 rebounds. Haywood has great length from the guard position, is athletic and does what the team needs to win. England still had a more balanced attack having 5 of there 6 players eclipse double figures. England got a monster performance from Matt Parker (203-F) having 22 points and 9 rebounds. Parker is a 4 who showed multiple times throughout the weekend that he's comfortable hitting 3's, but got 16 of his points today operating out of the post. Jenard Fleming had 20 points with 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Fleming continued to light up the stat sheet all weekend. Englands guards showed all around skills. Devon Seaford (183-G-87) had 12 points, 8 rebounds, tied for game high 3 steals and 2 assists. Seaford snagged 8 rebounds from the guard position and was impressive. Greg Smalls (191-F-88) posted the only double-double for England registering 11 points, 10 rebounds, tied for a game high 3 steals and 4 assists. Smalls has great length for being 6'2. He can board with the bigs and get into the passing lanes to get steals. Brandon Wright (188-G-82, college: Erskine) cooled off with just 11 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals. Wright had come into this game on a tear scoring big numbers in a variety of ways and has been the best player on Englands team all weekend. Deon Inman (183-G, college: Fayetteville St.) scored 7 points and had a game high 5 assists. Overall, Greece worked the ball around more today and really got after it on the defensive end. Greece finished in 3rd place as England landed in 4th place.
Germany and Wales collided once more to see who would take home the ESL North Carolina Championship on Sunday. This was a highly anticipated rematch as Germany coached by John White (198-F-67, college: S.Mississippi) stoled the game on Saturday in pool play with a 20-0 run that stunned the Wales team. These were clearly the two best teams of the ESL event in North Carolina and the spectators were delighted to another intense contest. Germany defeated Wales 75-64 to capture the ESL event in North Carolina and went undefeated during the tournament. John White captured his second ESL Championship after winning the ESL Chicago event in 2009.
Sunday started off with Wales up by 3 at the end of the 1st quarter. Germany powered back to take a 6 point lead going into halftime. Germany came out of halftime very aggressive the way they finished the 2nd quarter and extended there lead to 9. By this point Wales looked confused and stopped moving the ball around as Germany kept on there way to an 11 point win finishing 75 to 64. Germany clearly played the better team basketball and had more team chemistry compared to the one on one play of their opponents. Whether it was talking on defense, or swinging the ball around for the best option on offense, you could see why this team went undefeated throughout the entire weekend. The real story of today's game had to be the guard play for Germany. Tryston Lawrence (191-G-88) had a double double from the point guard position with 14 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Lawrence is clearly a quality playmaker who makes great decisions with the ball. He's a player that just gets it done repeatedly and penetrates extremely well. Perhaps the most important aspect to Lawrences game is his leadership ability and energy on the defensive end. Their other guard former Clemson player Troy Mathis (183-G) hit timely baskets the entire weekend and game. He was Mr. Big Shot during the whole ESL tourney; every time his team struggled he always hit some timely daggers to change the flow of the games. Mathis finished with 14 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists and continued to stand out as the weekend went on and showed good leadership qualities. Craig McCargo (173-G-88) had a great game especially his play during the 3rd quarter was huge. He rebounded well, hit threes and was effective in transition which sealed the victory. He finished with 10 points, 3 rebounds and 1 steal. Carlan Burke the smooth wing player led Germany in scoring with 18 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. Burke also did a great job on defense locking up the Wales' wings throughout the whole game. Burke really did a little bit of everything especially on defense, rebounding and on transition offense as he runs the floor like a deer getting easy buckets. He is always in the right place at the right time and moves without the ball well getting easy lay ups.
James Porter (208-F/C-87) had excellent inside presence notched a game high 11 rebounds to go along with his 9 points, 1 steal and 1 block. Porter takes up so much space on defense and really limits any team from getting into the lane or around the basket.
Demario Mattox (188-G-87, college: Hampton) led the Wales again with 18 points; 4 assists; 7 rebounds and 2 steals. However he was in foul trouble all game due to his relentless defense and probably being a little over aggressive. Damario is a very intense competitor who is a next level athlete who can do it all and will be highly recommended to a collection of European scouts. He was one of the top two players at the ESL event in North Carolina and put on a show all weekend. Keith Darden (208-F) had 15 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks. Sean Kennedy (188-G-79, college: Marist) had 12 points and 7 rebounds and 1 assist from the other guard position. Aaron Drakeford (183-G-85, agency: GOTathletes, college: Rio Grande) (183-G-85, agency: GOTathletes, college: Rio Grande) had a game high 5 steals from the point guard position and was one of the best defensive players at the ESL He gave the PG fits bringing up the ball with his pressure and quick feet; he ended with 10 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 assists. Germany was just the better team who had great leadership and chemistry. They deserve to win the ESL North Carolina Championship.
The All-Star game featured the 16 players who we felt had the best overall weekend. White jumped out to a 13 point lead at halftime 39 to 26. Blue battled back and forced the game into overtime. Blue can thank Matthew Sossamon for his put-back dunk as time expired that forced the OT. Tied at 60's, White left the Blue team scoreless as White won the All-Star game 68 to 60. Blue had a big contribution from Brandon Wright of team England Wright tied for a game high of 19 points. 18 of his 19 points came off of six 3pt shots. To say the least, he was feeling it! Matthew Sossamon brought in 10 points and 7 rebounds while Keith Darden had 11 points and 3 rebounds. The White team had a well rounded attach on display also James Porter had a monster game posting 8 points, a game high 13 rebounds as well as a game high 4 blocks. Matt Parker, England's big, had 12 points, 4 rebounds with two threes. Blue's wings took on the scoring load as Dane Sparrow tied for a game high 19 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal. Demario Mattox had a stat stuffing performance also. Mattox posted 17 points, 1 rebound, 4 assist and a game high 4 steals.
ESL North Carolina - Day 2 Results at the Greensboro Spotsplex - Jun. 27, 2010
Day 2 Results at the ESL North Carolina event:
Game 4 Wales 83, Greece 69
Saturday's first game showcased excellent talent from both Wales and Greece. Greece struggled defensively letting Wales get out to a 30 to 16 cushion at the end of the 1st quarter. Wales chipped away 4 points going into halftime but in the end, Wales offensive efficiency could not be matched as Wales went on to win 83 to 69. Wales won the rebounding marging 31 to 21. Greece still had players step up and keep the game within reach from start to finish. Matthew Sossamon (203-F-87), the teams leading scorer, posted 19 points to go along with 5 rebounds. Sossamon is a crafty player who can hit the jumper or can operate out of the post. Jermaine Ferguson (193-G/F-83, college: Geneva) brought in 18 points, 2 3's, and a team high 3 steals. Ferguson is just a flat out scorer from the guard position. He lets his points come to him. Whether getting them in transition, coming off screens, or just in isolations on the wing. He's got a great body for defending bigger guards as well. Ryan Frazier (188-G-86) led Greece in rebounding with 6 while chipping in 10 points. Donnie Haywood (188-G-88) cooled off with a 10 point performance to go along with 3 rebounds and 2 steals. For Wales, it was a great team effort. Demario Mattox (188-G-87, college: Hampton) had a stat sheet stuffing performance. Mattox came through with 25 points, 10 rebounds, a game high 4 steals and 3 assists. The secret to Mattox is not what shows up in the stat sheet but the relentless energy he plays with every minute he's on the court. When it's all said and done Mattox has the potential to be the best player at the camp. A.J. Highsmith (193-G) is a savvy leader for this team from the 2 guard position. He exploded for 5 3's on his way to 23 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assist. Keith Darden (208-F), Wales man in the middle, helped set the tone for his team with his post presence on both ends of the floor. Dardon finished with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks. Sean Kennedy (188-G-79, college: Marist) also contributed 12 points with 4 rebounds. In conclusion, Wales does a great job of locking in and getting out in transition whereas Greece needed more ball movement as well as more dedication on the defensive end.
Again, Greece fell behind in the first quarter by 13. That deficit swelled to 19 at half. Things just got worse from there as England pulled away going into the 4th by 23. Greece finished with 87 but gave up a league high 109 points! This was a case of one team trusting its teammates compared to the other team trying to do to much of the offense by themselves. England dished out 22 assists as a team compared to Greece's 6. Although Greece is still searching for its first win, they did have some players put up some impressive numbers. No one seemed to be able to slow down Jermaine Ferguson who had an eye-popping 28 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists. Donnie Haywood got back in rhythm as he poured in 5 3's on his way to 20 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal. This was a good turnaround for Haywood, an athletic 2 who can get his own shot and knock down 3's in transition as well as play aggressive defense. Matthew Sossamon neared a double-double as he posted 16 points and 9 rebounds to go along with a steal. Jeremy James kept his team fighting, scoring 17 points, 3 3's, 4 rebounds, 1 assist and a steal. James is very comfortable making 3's off the dribble. As for England, who didn't leave this game feeling like they contributed heavily? England had all 6 of there players score at least 15 points or more, each made at least 1 three and eash had at least one assist. Devon Devon Seaford (183-G-87) set the tone on defense with a game high 4 steals not to mention having 16 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 3's. Devon Seaford is capable of playing the 1 or 2, a shooter by nature but has no problem starting this fast break and helping orchestrate the offense. Greg Smalls (191-F-88) played BIG as pulled down a team high 9 rebounds to go along with 17 points, 5 assists and 2 steals. Smalls is athletic 2/3 that can guard bigger players. Brandon Wright (188-G-82, college: Erskine) had teams highs in points (22), assists (7) and 3's (4). He also grabbed 5 rebounds and got 3 steals. Wright is one of the top 2 guards in the league. Deon Inman (183-G, college: Fayetteville St.) helped key Englands success with his decision making on the multiple fastbreak opportunities. Inman had 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Englands big, Matt Parker (203-F), put up 16 points with 4 rebounds and 2 3's. Parker is an interesting prospect seeing as how he's a 4 that is capable of knocking down multiple 3's in any given sequence. Finishing out Englands well rounded attack was Jenard Fleming. He posted 17 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal and a game high 2 blocks. Fleming has been consistent over the past 2 days as far as filling up the stat sheet. In the end, this was both a great and rough game to watch. England looked like a well-oiled machine as Greece has some things to figure out before Sunday's rematch!
The last game of the day held up to the hype as the 2 undefeated teams faced off. Both teams had there runs and played aggressive defense the whole way through. Wales jumped out to a 19 to 13 lead at the end of the 1st quarter. Germany then closed the gap to 1 going into halftime. Wales rebounded back to push their lead back up 7 as the score stood 60 to 53. A very unpredictable turn of events took this game to a whole new level. Germany started the 4th quarter on a 20 to 0 run in the first 4:30 minutes left to jump up on Wales 73 to 60. A majority of that 20 to 0 outburst can be contributed to Germany's backcourt of Troy Mathis (183-G) and Tryston Lawrence (191-G-88). Point guard Mathis scored the first 11 unanswered by hitting 3 3's and a steal for a lay-up. Mathis scored 13 of his 16 in the 4th quarter while grabbing 5 rebounds and 1 assist. Lawrence also contributed 7 of his 17 in the first stretch of the 4th quarter while also dishing out a near full court bounce pass in transition through traffic for an uncontested lay-up which was a top play. Lawrence pitched in 3 assists, 3 rebounds and 1 steal from the 2 guard position. Dane Sparrow (188-F) posted 14 points, 6 rebounds and 2 steals. Big man James Porter (206-C) came through with 13 points and 9 rebounds. Craig McCargo (173-G-88) also contributed 9 points, 2 rebounds and 2 steals from the guard postion. For Wales, Demarrio Mattox had another great game. He had 26 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 assist and a block not to mention 2 3's. Keith Darden came through with a big double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds plus a game high 4 blocks. He also had 3 assists and 3 3's with 1 steal. A.J. Highsmith had 13 points with 3 3's and 2 rebounds. Let's not forget point guard Aaron Drakeford who did a little bit of everything while running the team. Drakeford had 9 points, with a game high 4 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 steals and a very noticeable 2 blocks, one of those he pinned on the backboard, impressive. All in all, this came down to Wales missing a 3 to put the game into overtime. These teams meet tomorrow for the championship.
ESL North Carolina Day one results - Jun. 26, 2010
The ESL North Carolina event began on Friday afternoon at the Greensboro Sportsplex in great style. The Sportsplex is a large quality basketball facility that features 8 full basketball courts and other area for alternative sports. Former Wake Forest star Delaney Rudd (188-G-62, college: Wake Forest) manages the Sportsplex and is part of the Team USA Select group which brought the ESL event to North Carolina. Delaney starred at Wake Forest before playing in the NBA and is a legend in France where he racked up a lot of accolades. For many years his group Team USA Select has ran basketball events for the European professional market and have assembled tour teams that have graced Europe. Many players over the years have gain professional basketball contracts in Europe as a result of the European tour teams. Sean Kilmartin and Delaney Rudd are the directors of Team USA Select and are excited to bring the ESL event to North Carolina. Yesterday we had three games at the ESL in North Carolina and two of the games were thrilling contest that went down to the final possession. Already our ESL scouts have seen some talent players who separated their games away from the competition. Our four teams in North Carolina are named Germany, Greece, Wales and England.
The first game featured Germany beating Greece 91-82 in a game where the dominant inside play of the German team and James Porter (206-C) presence was the deciding factor. The game began with the 69 forward James Porter scoring lots of easy buckets inside against the smaller team from Greece. He had an outstanding game scoring 31 points and pulling down 15 rebounds and was easily the game MVP. Greece was very competitive and fought back to make the game interesting but Germany seem always in control of the contest. Dane Sparrow (188-F) from the ESL Germany team played extremely well scoring 17 points and played a nice all around game while dishing out 4 assist in the process. The ESL Greece team was led by Jermaine Ferguson (193-G/F-83, college: Geneva) who already played professionally in Sweden and showcased the fact in the ESL North Carolina as he scored 22 points. He was silky smooth, athletic and illustrated a nice shooting touch with creative ball handling ability. Donnie Haywood (188-G-88) also played well for ESL Greece and scored 18 points by slashing, creating and shooting jumpers. Matthew Sossamon (203-F-87) also chipped in 14 points and had a nice tip dunk. Craig McCargo (173-G-88), Tryston Lawrence (191-G-88) and Carlan Burke all chipped in double figures for the ESL Germany team. Former European player John White (198-F-67, college: S.Mississippi) is the coach of the ESL Germany team and is confident of winning the tourney.
Game Two featured Wales beating England in a thrilling one point win 92-91 where Demario Mattox (188-G-87, college: Hampton) drove the full length of the court to score the winning basket. Wales blasted off to an early lead and seem to be destined to blow out the ESL England team especially with the great play from Keith Darden (208-F). Keith Darden had some spectacular dunks and drives as the 610 forward displayed his amazing athleticism and quickness. He ended up with 17 points, 10 rebounds and several blocks Demario Mattox was the man for Wales as the very explosive guard did everything and scored 29 points, played great defense, pulled 9 rebounds and had 7 steals. Also Demario plays above the rim and had a really nice dunk. A.J. Highsmith (193-G) and Aaron Drakeford (183-G-85, agency: GOTathletes, college: Rio Grande) the former Guilford BBL player chipped in 13 points each for the winning side. The reason England came back was the sharp shooting of shooting of Brandon Wright (188-G-82, college: Erskine) and the scoring of Jernard Fleming. Brandon has a really nice all around game but can simply stroke the ball from deep and plays intense defense as well; he scored 26 points. Jernard Fleming is an athletic wing guy who can flat out score and slash to the basket drop in 23 points for the losing side. Matt Parker (203-F) the big guy with the great shooting touch and Greg Smalls (191-F-88) both played well and scored 21 points each for ESL England who stormed back into the game once the guys played team basketball. Matt Parker also pulled 11 rebounds for the England team. However Demario Mattox was not going to let this game slip away and took the ball coast to coast to in the last 5 seconds to win the game.
Game three featured Germany defeating England 86-83 in another ESL classic. Germany dominated most of the contest and seemed in control in both halves but England is a team of heart and just did not quit. The game came down to the last few possessions and a couple of timely 3pt daggers from Todd Tinkham sealed the victory for the ESL Greece team. Todd was the unlikely hero of the game and scored 12 points by hitting four 3 pointers in the game but his last two were in crunch time. Dane Sparrow the smooth all around guard for Germany scored 24 points and did everything for his squad. Troy Mathis the intense point guard for Germany scored 17 points and played terrific defense in this contest. Jernard Fleming had a terrific second game hitting four out of five 3 pointers and led England with 23 points. Brandon Wright poured in 19 points and 10 rebounds and was ultra smooth in his second game of the day. Greg Smalls also added 15 points and helped England during their comeback. This game was a thrilling affair and entertained all of the spectators at the Greensboro Sportsplex.