With the adidas EuroCamp just four weeks away, we get our first glance at the way the event is shaping up in the form of the preliminary roster. 50 camp participants have been announced as you can see below, featuring a strong mix of draft-eligible prospects, early-entrants and Next Generation participants.Official Website
One of the most appealing aspects of the adidas Eurocamp as far as NBA teams are concerned is the fact that it acts as a one-stop shop for International prospect scouting, saving an incredible amount of time and money for executives that otherwise would have to trek around Europe for months to see each of the players individually. Instead, they are neatly assembled here in a very convenient setting, allowing us the chance to evaluate their skill-sets in numerous drills on a daily basis, as well as in five on five scrimmages.
Year by year, the EuroCamp has established itself as a top-notch and highly professional event, which has allowed it to grow into a mandatory stop on the scouting trail for NBA and international teams alike, as well as all members of the basketball industry. Participants:Workouts and/or Interviews ONLYJan Vesely
: Interviews only Depending on Serbian finals. (Possible)Donatas Motiejunas
: Interviews only (Possible)Bismack Biyombo
: Workout & Measurements
Since representatives of all 30 NBA teams will be presentoften being represented by their highest level decision makersthe EuroCamp serves as a handy setting for top prospects to stop by and conduct interviews, measurements, and at times private workouts. The alternative to which would be to fly to the US and work out for as many as 30 teams, which would obviously be a logistical nightmare. Instead, the EuroCamp staff here allows NBA teams to get some of their work accomplished here in Treviso. NBA Draft Early-Entry List ParticipantsPlayers who have declared themselves draft-eligible in 2011, but may still withdraw by the June 13th deadlineLucas Nogueira Davis Bertans Leon Radosevic Tomislav Zubcic Nihad Djedovic Joffrey Lauvergne Andrew Albicy
Abdel Kader Sylla Furkan Aldemir
With so many NBA teams in attendance, the EuroCamp is an ideal setting for early-entrant prospects to work out and gather feedback right before the deadline for which they must make their decision.
We see a couple of very interesting names on this preliminary list, particularly Brazilian Lucas Nogueira
, who could help his draft stock significantly here with a strong showing. Bebe is a tremendous talent who played at a very low level of competition this season in the Spanish 5th division and may not have received enough playing time at the Nike Hoop Summit to convince NBA decision makers that he's worthy of investing a high draft pick.
Latvian small forward Davis Bertans
will also gather a significant amount of attention as a potential first round prospect, while many will want to see what Turkish double-double machine Furkan Aldemir
can do in this setting. Leon Radosevic
and Joffrey Lauvergne
are two more names to watch. NBA Draft Automatically Eligible - born 1989Bojan Bogdanovic * Xavi Rabaseda Robin Benzing Antoine Diot Dogus Balbay Adam Hanga Mindaugas Kuzminskas Pere Tomas Sarra Camara Angel Garcia Denys Lukashov Edwin Jackson Giorgi Shermadini Bangaly Fofana Janis StrelnieksDimitriy Khvostov * Not confirmed due to playoffs Possible
Here we find essentially all of the top draft-eligible international prospects, for whom this will be a last opportunity to impress NBA teams and show they are worthy of investing a draft pick on. Bojan Bogdanovic
is likely the only first round caliber prospect here, but the likes of Xavi Rabaseda
, Giorgi Shermadini
, Adam Hanga
, Pere Tomas
, Antoine Diot
, Robin Benzing
and others will all likely draw looks in the 2nd round, particularly from teams looking to stash players in Europe for a couple of years. Next Generation ParticipantsKostas Papanikolaou*
6'8 SF 1990Rudy Gobert
7'0 C 1992Philip Neumann
6'11 C 1992Evan Fournier
6'6 SG 1992Josep Franch
6'5 PG 1991Raul Neto
6'1 PG 1992Tomas Satoransky
6'7 PG/SG/SF 1991Augusto Cesar Lima
6'9 PF 1991Paul Lacombe
6'5 SG 1990Nemanja Nedovic
6'4 PG 1991Nikos Pappas
6'5 PG 1990
Konstantinos Sloukas 6'5 PG 1990Leo Westermann
6'6 PG 1992David Jelinek
6'5 SG 1990 Linos Chrysikopoulos
6'9 SF 1992Branislav Djekic
6'9 PF 1991Dusan Cantekin
7'4 C 1990 Patrick Heckmann
6'6 SG 1992
Rasmus Larsen 7'0 PF 1994Alberto Jodar
6'9 SF 1991Andreja Milutinovic
6'7 SG 1990* Not confirmed due to playoffs Possible
Our personal favorite part of the EuroCamp are the next generation prospects, of which we find a very strong group this year initially. It was here that many scouts got their first look at the likes of Jan Vesely
, Donatas Motiejunas
, Serge Ibaka
, Andrea Bargnani
and many others. This is a great opportunity to start (or continue) to build the file on what type of players and people these prospects are, giving NBA teams excellent information to look back on as they become draft-eligible in the future themselves.
Particularly intriguing for us will be to see the way that highly regarded 1992-born prospects Phillip Neumann, Rudy Gobert
, Linos Chrysikopoulos
and Evan Fournier
look in this setting, something that could set the table for them to start making their case as candidates for the 2012 draft already.
1991-born prospects Tomas Satoransky
, Augusto Cesar Lima
and Nemanja Nedovic
are all coming off strong seasons at the senior level, and it will be interesting to see how they look in this setting.
The big wildcard is 1994-born Danish 7-footer Rasmus Larsen by far the youngest player at this camp. How will he fare against players 2-5 years older than him?
For the eighth straight year, DraftExpress will once again be represented in Treviso, something we always greatly look forward to.