#1.Demarius Bolds (190-G-84, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: Missouri Western, currently plays in Czech Republic), who plays in the Czech Republic NBL could not help BC Kolin (6-3) in their last game. Despite his very good performance BC Kolin lost 78-82 at home to the lower-ranked (#5) BK Prostejov.
Bolds was the top scorer with 30 points. He also added 8 rebounds in 35 minutes.
It was BC Kolin's first loss after five consecutive victories.
It's Bolds' first season with the team.
Bolds belongs to league's most steals and is ranked #3 with 2.6spg.
He also averaged so far 15.2ppg, 5.8rpg and 2.7apg in the nine games he played so far.
He attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball. In 2008 Bolds went to the ESL camp in Chicago playing for Warsaw.
#2.Jason Horton (188-G-86, college: Missouri, currently plays in Mexico), who plays in the Mexican LNBP (second division) could not help one of league's weakest teams Barreteros (10-10) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Horton's very good performance Barreteros was defeated in an overtime 111-107 at home by the higher-ranked Abejas (#8).
He recorded a double-double by scoring 33 points and making 13 passes (was perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line !!!).
Horton is currently first on the league's list of best passers.
He has individually a very good season with high stats. Horton averages: 17.6ppg, 3.9rpg, 8.4apg and 1.7spg.
Worth to mention Horton played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Two years ago he took part in the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for Team Brussels.
#3.Jeremy Allen (193-G-88, college: FIU, currently plays in Cyprus) led Omonia to a victory over the closely-ranked AEL (1-1) 67-59 in the Cypriot Division A on Sunday night.
He was MVP of the game. Allen scored 24 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 40 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his first season in pro basketball. Papa Johns Omonia Nicosia (2-0) is placed second in the Division A.
Allen's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical.
Allen is currently first on the list of top scorers with 28.5ppg.
This year his other stats are: 3.5rpg and 3.5apg in the two games he played so far.
He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Last summer Allen played at the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for Team Helsinki.
#4.Chad Tomko (180-PG-89, college: NC-Wilmington, currently plays in Denmark), who plays in the Danish Ligaen could not help one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams Bakken (9-1) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Tomko's very good performance Bakken was defeated 114-100 on the road by the leading Svendborg.
He was the top scorer with 28 points. Tomko also added 4 assists.
Tomko belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #2) and also on the list of most steals (second place).
He has individually a very good season with high stats. Tomko averages: 22.2ppg, 4.1rpg, 4.2apg and 2.6spg.
Tomko is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. In 2011 he attended the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for Team Zurich.
#5.Kyndall Dykes (190-SG-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Ukraine) led Hoverla to a victory against the league outsider BC Odessa (2-9) 89-84 in the Ukrainian Superleague last Sunday.
Dykes scored 22 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 30 minutes.
Hoverla Ivano-Frankivsk (6-5) is placed sixth in the Superleague.
There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
Dykes has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.3ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.5apg and 1.5spg in the 11 games he played so far.
He played in 2009at the Eurobasket Summer League in Malaga, Spain for Team Naples.
#6.Jayson Granger (186-G-89, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help Asefa Estudiantes (4-2) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Asefa Estudiantes was defeated 86-81 on the road by the lower-ranked Blancos de Rueda (#11).
Granger scored 12 points and added 3 passes.
But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen.
Granger is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his seventh year in Asefa Estudiantes' roster.
He has relatively good stats this season: 13.7ppg, 2.0rpg and 3.2apg.
Granger has a dual citizenship: Uruguayan and Italian.
Granger attended two years ago the Eurobasket Summer League camp in New York.
#7.Vernon Goodridge (206-F-84, college: La Salle, currently plays in Ukraine) led Khimik to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Halychyna (8-3) 79-64 in the Ukrainian Superleague in Wednesday night's game.
Goodridge had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks in 21 minutes.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Khimik-OPZ Yuzny (9-2) is placed first in the Superleague.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
This year Goodridge's overall stats are: 9.2ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.9bpg in the 11 games he played so far.
Worth to mention he played also for Team Dublin at the ESL in Las Vegas in 2010.
#8.Dmitri Akulich (190-G-86, currently plays in Belarus) led Rubon to a victory over the closely-ranked Impuls BGUIR (1-4) 84-74 in the Belarusian Premier League last Friday.
Akulich was the best player in that game. He scored 21 points, grabbed 4 boards, passed 5 assists and added 6 steals.
BK Rubon Vitebsk (3-2) is placed third in the Premier League.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
But the season just started, so everything may happen.
Akulich is currently sixth on the list of best passers and also on the list of most steals (second place).
He has very reliable stats this season: 14.0ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.8apg and 3.2spg.
He played three years ago at the ESL in Malaga, Spain for Team Sofia.
#9.Kyle Lamonte (191-G-84, college: William Carey, currently plays in Argentina) was the major contributor in a La Union's victory against the league outsider 9 de Julio (3-12) 84-79 in the Argentinian LigaA on Friday night.
He recorded 19 points in 34 minutes.
La Union Formosa (2-5) is placed eighth in the LigaA.
This year Lamonte has relatively solid stats: 13.5ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.3apg in the 16 games he played so far.
Lamonte is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market.
#10.Jon Rogers (204-C-84, college: Valdosta St., currently plays in Uruguay), who plays in the Uruguayan LUB could not help Union Atletica (11-4) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Rogers' very good performance the fourth-placed Union Atletica was defeated 87-80 in a derby game by the second-ranked Hebraica in the Capital group.
He recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 15 rebounds.
Rogers is the league's best blocker.
This season he has very good stats: 11.7ppg, 8.2rpg and 2.2bpg.
Worth to mention he played also for Team Russia at the ESL in Atlanta two years ago.
The 2016 Los Angeles Eurobasket Summer League opened up the winter season Saturday November 12th with our Skills and Athleticism portions of the combine. All players are available immediately. Videos are broken up by Group and Station Work. Skill Tests and Drills Performed: Shooting: Spot up (Mid Range and 3's), Dribble Pull Ups, Shots of Screens, Post Work Athleticism: Vertical Jump, 3/4 Sprints, Full Court Sprints, Lane Agility, and Lateral Speed Situational: 3 on 2, 2 on 1 Tran... [read more]
The 2016 Los Angeles Eurobasket Summer League opened up the winter season Saturday November 12th with our Skills and Athleticism portions of the combine. All players are available immediately. Videos are broken up by Group and Station Work.
Skill Tests and Drills Performed:
Shooting: Spot up (Mid Range and 3's), Dribble Pull Ups, Shots of Screens, Post Work
Athleticism: Vertical Jump, 3/4 Sprints, Full Court Sprints, Lane Agility, and Lateral Speed
Situational: 3 on 2, 2 on 1 Transition, Miami Transition, One on One defense, and 3 on 3 competition
The Eurobasket Summer League is entering it's 10th year in existence helping aspiring basketball players an opportunity to show they can play at the professional level. The Summer League has had 3 Directors over that 10 year period (Darryl Reshaw, Chris Warren, and the current Director Dustin Simcox) that have helped secure over 1,000 contracts in 78 different countries! By far the most successful exposure camp across the globe. With so much success we have never spotlighted our players t... [read more]
The Eurobasket Summer League is entering it's 10th year in existence helping aspiring basketball players an opportunity to show they can play at the professional level. The Summer League has had 3 Directors over that 10 year period (Darryl Reshaw, Chris Warren, and the current Director Dustin Simcox) that have helped secure over 1,000 contracts in 78 different countries! By far the most successful exposure camp across the globe. With so much success we have never spotlighted our players that went on to the professional level. Every Sunday moving forward we will post the stories of two former Summer League participants and their current successes overseas. We hope these stories will motivate other players to chase their dreams of becoming professional athletes.
Player 1: Cameron Naylor (201-F-94, college: Texas St.), Texas State University, 2016 Las Vegas Summer League Attendee.
Naylor a 6'7 Forward came to the Las Vegas Summer League from Texas State University. As a senior at Texas State in 2015/16 averaged 9.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg, and shot 45% from the 3 point line. Originally from Jacksonville, FL, Naylor went to the University of North Florida where as a freshman he only averaged 1.5 ppg in very limited playing time. Which lead to his transfer to Tallahassee Community College in Florida where he made got his first significant taste of college basketball. He had a successful sophomore campaign where he averaged 12.8 pts, 5.3 reb, but only shot 28% from 3. In his junior year at Texas State he was a member of the starting five and averaged 8.2 ppg and 4.9 rpg. A symbol of consistency gave him the opportunity he needed to get a shot. Cameron was given his first pro opportunity for UBSC Graz in Austria where so far through 3 games he is averaging 12.3 pts and 10.7 reb. His last two games have been double-doubles against Vienna (10 pts, 12 reb) and Oberwart (19 pts, 11 reb). We are looking forward to following Cameron throughout his rookie season.
Player 2: Kazembe Abif (201-F, college: Drexel), Drexel University, 2016 Portsmouth Summer League Attendee
Abif, another 6'7 Forward that came through the ESL system from Drexel University attended the 2016 Portsmouth Summer League. Kazembe showed resilience and growth over his four years at Drexel Univ. The Elizabeth, NJ native only saw action in 19 games as a freshman averaging 1.6 ppg and 1.2 rpg. Slowly but surely those numbers began to rise as his sophomore year improved to 4.4 ppg and 3.4 rpg while his junior season raised to 7.2 ppg and 6.6 rpg. He finally cracked the starting lineup on a consistent basis his senior year in 2015/16 as he played in 31 games averaging 9.3 ppg and 7.0 rpg. He came to the Summer League in Portsmouth eager to show what he could do. "Kazembe was a tweener at the forward position as he was a bit undersized to play the 4, but his strength gave him the ability to battle on the inside and penetrate to the basket against bigger opponents. He was willing to do whatever needed to be done," Dustin Simcox said. In two games at the Summer League he averaged 12.5 ppg and 4.5 rpg. Abif is getting his first opportunity in Germany for Vechta. He had his first game last week in which he contributed 23 pts, 6 reb, and knocked down 3 of 5 perimeter jump shots. Again, like Cameron Naylor, we are looking forward to watching Kazembe's career grow.
The end of September marks the beginning of many leagues in the European market meaning that most teams have fulfilled their signing objectives at this current time. However, that does not mean if you are unsigned that you will have to sit out the entire 2016/2017 season. Throughout the European season their will be players that unfortunately get injured, under perform expectations, or simply do not enjoy the international lifestyle. When these instances happen, the players will be sent h... [read more]
The end of September marks the beginning of many leagues in the European market meaning that most teams have fulfilled their signing objectives at this current time. However, that does not mean if you are unsigned that you will have to sit out the entire 2016/2017 season. Throughout the European season their will be players that unfortunately get injured, under perform expectations, or simply do not enjoy the international lifestyle. When these instances happen, the players will be sent home and their respective clubs will be looking for replacement players to finish the season. These are opportunities that will go to currently unsigned players.
There are also many countries that have leagues that start later in the year such as Canadian, South American, and Australian leagues. These are teams that are still looking for players and can only be filled by currently unsigned players. So just because you may be unsigned at this point does not mean their will not be other opportunities presenting themselves in the coming months. You need to stay in the gym and stay ready for whenever your number is called to join a team and help them immediately.
There are several ways that you can enhance your opportunity to be picked up in these open positions. You can obviously stay close with an agent and hope they have the connections to make it happen, you can sign up for the job market on Eurobasket and see which jobs open up, or you can attend one of the Eurobasket Summer League Winter events. ESL has been one of the top exposure events (if not the best) exposure events in the last 10 years. We have produced almost 1,000 contracts for players in that time frame and work side-by-side Eurobasket.com and the many opportunities that they bring (such as the Job-Market, Make-it-Pro, etc). Also by attending a ESL event gives you an opportunity to play on one of the ESL Tour Teams that heads across the water to play professional teams. Our most recent Tour Team played in Germany this past summer going 9-1 against all professional teams.
We have 3 Winter ESL events for you to choose from:
November 12-13 in Los Angeles, CA December 3-4 in Chicago, IL December 10-11 in Atlanta, GA
You may ask which one is the best one to go to? All of them are structured identically and have the same benefits. The only difference would be the dates. Los Angeles will give players a longer period to get signed as that event is in Mid November. The longer the period of being seen, the more opportunities there are to be had. However, there is a disadvantage to attending Los Angeles in compared to Chicago or Atlanta. For Chicago and Atlanta you would have more time to prepare to be game ready and show you can compete immediately. So as a player you must decide: A) Do you need more time to prepare or B) Do I want the longest possible time to be seen? When you answer that question is when you know which one to attend.
If you have any questions, please contact Eurobasket Summer League Director Dustin Simcox at firstname.lastname@example.org
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