Eurobasket Pro Tour for players who are still home without a job!
The Indianapolis, Indiana event in November is a tryout to play on our tour team that will be playing games in Europe next month at the end of November. We are taking 12-14 players and we are only playing teams that need American players. Our goal is to have every player get a job before we leave. The Indy event is only $350.
You can read more and register HERE.
Game 1, Court 1 (Playing for 3rd Place): France 82 Germany 67 Our first game of the morning came from two teams battling for 3rd place. It was a very close game throughout until France pulled away in end. France was led by Mike Dabney (203-F/C-88) who finished with 14 points, five rebounds and one assist, putting the final touches on a great ESL. Joel Smith also contributed with 11 points, three rebounds and two assists. In the loss, Germany was led by Brandon Sims (201-F/C) and Senario Hillman (185-PG-88, college: Alabama), finishing with 16 points, four rebounds and one assist and 12 points, three rebounds respectively.
Game 1, Court 2 (Playing for 7th & 8th Place): Greece 93 Russia 70 The other game of the morning was played by two teams that struggled the entire camp. Both teams came in with a 1-4 record, but from the jump, there was one team that came ready to play. Greece got out of the gate early and kept throwing punches throughout the entire game. They were led by Antonio Hester (198-F) who finished with 19 points and six rebounds. They also were led by Jeremy Buynums hot shooting, he finished with 15 points and 1 rebound. Russia in the loss, was led by Dwayne Harmanson who was on fire from the 3-point line.
Game 2, Court 2 (Playing for 5th & 6th Place): Italy 86 Spain 79 Another competitive game with Italy and Spain battling it out for 5th and 6th place and a battle it was. In the end, Italy came out with the victory being led by Donald Vaughns 28 points and five rebounds. Vaughn wasnt alone as Tim Giles (168-PG-87, college: Wilberforce) and Brandon Hickson contributed with 15 points and 13 points respectively. Spain was led by Daron Sims who had another great game with 25 ponits and 3 rebounds, but it wasnt enough as Italy pulled away in the end to take 5th place for the camp.
Game 2, Court 1 (Championship Game): Ireland 81 England 69 In our championship game, we have Ireland coming into the contest undefeated with a 5-0 record and England right behind them with a 4-1 record. Ireland was led by Damier Pitts, who ended with 21 points, two rebounds and two assists. He also hit spectacular half-court shot to end the first half. Richard Francis chipped in 14 points and three rebounds to help contribute to the win. England was led by Brandon Armstrong, who had a breakout game, but it wasnt enough to lead them to the victory. It was a competitive game and a great way to cap off an exciting three days of camp.
The Eurobasket Select Team finished its tour at 6-1 and six players have stayed in Austraila to workout with various teams to sign contracts with these respective clubs. By finishing the tour at 6-1 and having 6 players remain behind to compete for a roster spot with teams makes the select team one of the most successful, if not the most successful tour team ever assembled to tour Australia. However, none of this would have been possible without the help from the following teams: Sutherla... [read more]
The Eurobasket Select Team finished its tour at 6-1 and six players have stayed in Austraila to workout with various teams to sign contracts with these respective clubs. By finishing the tour at 6-1 and having 6 players remain behind to compete for a roster spot with teams makes the select team one of the most successful, if not the most successful tour team ever assembled to tour Australia. However, none of this would have been possible without the help from the following teams: Sutherland Sharks, Hills Hornets, Albury Wodonga Bandits, Melbourne Tigers, Sandringham Sabres, Corio Bay Stingrays, Geelong Supercats and Geelong's Big V team. Each and every person from each of these clubs treated us with the type of hospitality that one would offer to a family member and Eurobasket is extremely thankful for this. Also, these teams have either taken one of the select team players or have made recommendations for a select team player to sign with other clubs. So, once again, we would like to thank everyone who helped the select team along the way to make our trip in Australia a very successful one. A final roster of where the six select team players have signed will be announced in a few days once all the player's contracts have been signed.
Top ex-ESL participants playing pro basketball based on last week's performance - Mar 5, 2014
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Here is the weekly review of the top performing Eurobasket Summer League players, who play currently pro basketball. Jayson Granger (188-G-89), who plays in the Spanish Liga Endesa could not help one of league's weakest teams Unicaja Malaga (14-7) in their last game. Despite his good performance Unicaja Malaga lost 69-74 on the road to the higher-ranked (#3) Regal FC Barcelona.
Here is the weekly review of the top performing Eurobasket Summer League players, who play currently pro basketball.
#1.Jayson Granger (188-G-89, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish Liga Endesa could not help one of league's weakest teams Unicaja Malaga (14-7) in their last game. Despite his good performance Unicaja Malaga lost 69-74 on the road to the higher-ranked (#3) Regal FC Barcelona.
Granger was the second best scorer with 11 points. He also added 6 assists in 25 minutes.
It was Unicaja Malaga's first loss after three consecutive victories.
This year Granger averages: 9.4ppg, 2.3rpg and 4.0apg in the 21 games he played so far.
He has a dual citizenship: Uruguayan and Italian.
He attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball. In 2010 Granger went to the ESL camp in New York playing for Team Budapest.
#2.Justin Knox (205-F-89, college: N.Carolina, currently plays in Holland) led Den Helder to a victory over the closely-ranked M.Magixx (15-11) 84-79 in the Dutch Eredivisie last Saturday.
Knox was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 12 rebounds; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Knox's third season in pro basketball. The Bright Kings Den Helder (19-7) is placed third in the Eredivisie.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
It's Knox's first year with the team.
He has relatively good stats this season: 12.9ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.1apg.
Worth to mention Knox played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Three years ago he took part in the ESL camp in Cologne, Germany playing for Team Munich.
#3.Nate Linhart (197-F-86, agency: LUMANI 10.7, college: Akron, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA could not help Umana Venezia (9-12) in their last game. Despite Linhart's very good performance Umana Venezia lost 82-91 on the road to the leading Armani Milano.
He was the top scorer with 20 points. Linhart also added 8 rebounds in 29 minutes.
It was Umana Venezia's fifth consecutive loss in a row.
This year Linhart's overall stats are: 8.8ppg and 5.1rpg in the 21 games he played so far.
Linhart is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Five years ago he played at the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for Team Dublin.
#4.Robert Holcomb Faye (185-G-84, college: Radford, currently plays in Holland), who plays in the Dutch Eredivisie could not help Leiden (15-11) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Leiden was edged in an overtime 86-83 at home by the second-ranked Den Bosch.
Holcomb Faye was the top scorer with 24 points. He also added 3 steals.
It's Holcomb Faye's first season with the team.
Holcomb Faye is ranked third on the list of the best passers in the league.
His total stats this season are: 9.4ppg, 2.8rpg and 4.8apg.
He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. In 2008 Holcomb Faye attended the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for Team Brussels.
#5.William Walker (200-F-87, college: Bethel, IN, currently plays in Baltic League) led his Swedish team Norrkoping Dolphins to a victory over the fourth-ranked BK Barons Kvartals Riga (5-7) 87-75 in the Baltic League last Tuesday.
He was the best player in that game. Walker recorded 20 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 30 minutes.
Norrkoping Dolphins (9-3) is placed second in group A.
It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
Walker is currently fourth on the league's list of top scorers with 15.6ppg.
This year he also averages: 6.8rpg, 2.3apg and 1.4spg in the 11 games he played so far.
Walker played in 2012at the Eurobasket Summer League in Indianapolis for Team Paris.
#6.Richard Thomas (196-PG-87, college: Angelo St., currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German ProB (third division) could not help RSV Eintracht (11-10) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance the sixth-placed RSV Eintracht was defeated 101-89 on the road by the lower-ranked Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (#7) in the Group North.
Thomas was the top scorer with 48 points. He also added 5 boards, passed 3 assists and added 5 steals.
Thomas' team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical.
Thomas belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #6.
He has individually a very good season with high stats. Thomas averages: 21.2ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.2apg and 1.2spg.
Thomas attended two years ago the Eurobasket Summer League camp in Houston.
#7.Marcus Heard (201-F-84, college: De Paul, currently plays in Austria) was the major contributor in an overtime Gussing Knights' victory against the third-ranked Gmunden Swans (16-7) 111-106 in the Austrian A Bundesliga in Friday night's game.
Heard scored 28 points (!!!) and grabbed 8 rebounds in 33 minutes.
It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. UBC Magnofit Gussing Knights (18-5) are placed first.
Heard is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Gussing Knights' roster.
He is currently seventh on the league's list of top scorers with 17.4ppg.
Heard also averaged so far 7.0rpg in the 23 games he played so far.
Worth to mention he played also for Team Barcelona at the ESL in Salt Lake City in 2008.
#8.Corey Jefferson (181-PG-85, college: Texas St., currently plays in Slovakia) led Prievidza to an overtime victory over the closely-ranked Nitra (20-12) 87-78 in the Slovakian Extraliga last Wednesday.
Jefferson was the top player that evening. He scored 21 points, grabbed 6 boards, passed 5 assists and added 6 steals.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Prievidza (23-9) is placed second in the Extraliga.
There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
Jefferson belongs to league's best passers (ranked #5) and also on the list of most steals (fourth place).
He has very reliable stats this season: 11.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 4.3apg and 1.8spg.
He played five years ago at the ESL in Las Vegas for Team Manchester.
#9.Shamarr Bowden (193-G-89, college: E.Carolina, currently plays in Czech Republic) was the major contributor in a BK Usti nad Labem's victory against the league leader Orli Prostejov (24-8) 94-83 in the Czech Republic NBL on Wednesday night.
He recorded 19 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 29 minutes; not bad, considering it's only Bowden's third season in pro basketball. SLUNETA Usti nad Labem (19-14) is placed fifth in the NBL.
Bowden has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.2ppg, 3.4rpg and 2.4apg in the five games he played so far.
Bowden attended in 2013 the ESL camp in Las Vegas.
#10. Experienced Jason Conley (196-G-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Missouri, currently plays in Romania), who plays in the Romanian Liga Nationala could not help BC Timisoara (9-12) in their last game on Monday. Despite his very good performance BC Timisoara was defeated 85-78 at home by the higher-ranked CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu (#7).
Conley recorded a double-double by scoring 28 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 3 assists.
This season Conley has relatively solid stats: 12.5ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg.
Worth to mention Conley played also for Union Monaco at the ESL in Las Vegas two years ago.
The Eurobasket Select Team finished its tour of Australia in Geelong with a 111-78 win over their Big V team. The select team led the game from start to finish and did not let down after 3 games in a row. The select team was led by Stavon Williams (193-SG-88, college: Angelo St.) who had 23 points and 4 rebounds. Following Stavon in scoring: Brandon Armstrong (185-PG-90, college: Lincoln Memorial) with 19 points and 2 rebounds, J.L. Lewis (203-F/C-91) had 16 points, 9 rebounds and 1 block... [read more]
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