The camp will be conducted from June 10-12 at the La Ghirada Sports Complex in Treviso, Italy.
Over the last 14 years, adidas EUROCAMP has produced over 90 players who have played or are currently playing in the NBA or Euroleague. Some notable international players who have attended adidas EUROCAMP include Danilo Gallinari (Denver Nuggets), Serge Ibaka (Oklahoma City Thunder), Andrea Bargnani (New York Knicks), Marco Belinelli (San Antonio Spurs), Nicolas Batum (Portland Trail Blazers) and Goran Dragic (Miami Heat).
EUROCAMP 2015 featured Croatia's Dragan Bender, a top NBA overseas prospect expected to land as a first-round lottery pick in the upcoming 2016 NBA Draft.
Representatives of all 30 NBA teams are likely to be present, watching the drills and games in competitive five on five action, conducting interviews with prospects, collecting measurements and athletic testing data, and taking in private workouts set up by agents.
Official Camp Roster
|Aleksa Avramovic||10/25/1994||21.6||PG||6'3"||Serbia||Borac Cacak|
|Vlatko Cancar||4/10/1997||19.1||SF||6'8"||Slovenia||Union Olimpija|
|Martynas Sajus||2/22/1996||20.2||C||6'9"||Lithuania||Zalgiris Kaunas|
|Romaric Belemene||2/19/1997||19.3||SF/PF||6'8"||Congo||Clinicas Rincon|
|Boris Bojanovsky||4/15/1993||23.1||C||7'3"||Slovakia||Florida St|
|Petr Cornelie||7/26/1995||20.8||PF||6'11"||France||Le Mans|
|Martynas Echodas||7/7/1997||18.9||PF/C||6'9"||Lithuania||Zalgiris Kaunas|
|Youssoufa Fall||12/1/1995||20.5||C||7'3"||Senegal||Le Mans|
|Kenan Karahodzic||1/29/1996||20.3||C||6'11"||Serbia||Clinicas Rincon|
|Verners Kohs||5/21/1997||19.0||SF||6'9"||Latvia||El Olivar|
|Zoran Nikolic||4/1/1996||20.1||C||7'0"||Montenegro||Prat Joventut|
|Oriol Pauli||5/20/1994||22.0||SF||6'7"||Spain||Gran Canaria|
|Adam Pechacek||2/19/1995||21.3||PF||6'9"||Czech Republic||AZS Koszalin|
|Simon Pursl||1/29/1997||19.3||C||6'7"||Czech Republic||El Olivar|
|Jordan Sakho||4/4/1997||19.1||C||6'10"||Congo DR||Torrelodones|
|Emir Sulejmanovic||7/13/1995||20.9||PF||6'9"||Bosnia||Barcelona II|
|Georgios Tsalmpouris||6/22/1996||19.9||PF/C||7'1"||Greece||AEK Athens|
|Paul Zipser||2/18/1994||22.3||SF||6'8"||Germany||Bayern Muenchen|
2016 Roster Analysis
Boris Bojanovsky (Florida State)
The EuroCamp has been trending towards young players the last few years, but Bojanovsky is a player many feel still has some upside as he's shown improvement both physically and skill-wise as a type of late-blooming big man. His ability to cover ground and protect the rim at 7'3 is intriguing, and it will be interesting to see him in a different setting outside of the college realm. Scouts (from both European teams and the NBA) will want to see him show a little more toughness and urgency (particularly on the glass), in addition to getting a better feel for what type of upside his frame has long term.
One of the most appealing aspects of the 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.
With that in mind, the organizers brought in 15 players who are automatically eligible for the 2016 NBA Draft as 1994-born internationals. The number next to their name is their latest DraftExpress ranking among 1994-born prospects.
Paul Zipser (Bayern Muenchen) - #1
David Michineau (Chalon) - #3
Marius Grigonis (Manresa) - #5
Boris Dallo (Antibes) - #6
Dario Brizuela (Estudiantes) - #8
Edgar Vicedo (Estudiantes) - #9
Danilo Fuzaro (Minas) - #10
Beka Burjanadze (Coruna) - #11
Benjamin Sene (Nancy) - #13
Dejan Todorovic (Bilbao) - #15
Aleksa Avramovic (Borac Cacak) - #18
Deryk Ramos (Brasilia) - #19
Oriol Pauli (Gran Canaria) - #20
Tomas Dimsa (Frankfurt) - #21
Kevin Harley (Poitiers) - #22
Zipser's skill-level as a ball-handler, shooter and passer will be scrutinized closely, as few question his physical tools or his ability to defend multiple positions. He shot an outstanding 42% for 3 this year, and 55% for 2, but some question marks remain about his ability to create his own shot, make off the dribble jumpers, and make good decisions playing the small forward position full time (as opposed to the stretch-4 spot he mostly occupied this year). If he's able to show he has more potential in this area than he was able to demonstrate on a stacked Euroleague team (where he averaged just 18 minutes per game with a low-usage role), Zipser might creep back into first round discussions.
Georgios Tsalmpouris is one of the more intriguing stories in this group. A staple of the Greek junior national teams, Tsalmpouris committed and followed through on a commitment to play at Iowa State during the 2014-2015 season. Averaging 1.4 points over 4.4 minutes per game, the 7'1 shooter appeared in last year's Eurocamp with Greece's U19 National Team before competing at the FIBA U19 World and U20 European Championships. Fielding offers from a number of professional suitors, the Veria-born big man opted to sign with AEK Athens where he played sparingly this season. Despite his relative youth, his circuitous route through the semi-pro level in Greek to the NCAA and back to the GBL make him automatically eligible for the 2016 NBA Draft. He isn't the most intriguing prospect in the short term, lacking experience and athleticism, but 19-year-old 7-footers with offensive skills certainly have a chance to garner some attention.
2016 NBA Early-Entry Candidates
In addition to the 1994 born players, there are a number of younger international prospects born from 1995 to 1997 who made themselves eligible to be selected in the 2016 NBA Draft by entering their name on the NBA Early-Entry candidate list.
The EuroCamp added 14 of the most interesting prospects from that list to give them a chance to increase their standing and gather feedback on their stock before they must decide whether to remain in the 2016 Draft. Some of the prospects below are potential, first or second round picks who may stay in the draft regardless of their performance here, while others inevitably will elect to withdraw. Either way, this is tremendous opportunity for scouts to get a look at some key 2016 prospects, but also get a jump on 2017 and beyond.
Ante Zizic (Cibona)
Petr Cornelie (Le Mans)
Diego Flaccadori (Trento)
Youssoufa Fall (Le Mans)
Romaric Belemene (Clinicas Rincon)
Kenan Sipahi (Karsiyaka)
Michael Fusek (Charleroi)
Vincent Kesteloot (Aalstar)
Adam Pechacek (AZS Koszalin)
Petar Rakicevic (Metalac)
Martynas Sajus (Zalgiris Kaunas)
Jordan Sakho (Torrelodones)
Rolands Smits (Fuenlabrada)
Emir Sulejmanovic (Barcelona II)
Ante Zizic and Petr Cornelie are undoubtedly the headliners of the entire camp this year, at least from a 2016 NBA Draft perspective. Zizic has been one of the most productive young big men in all of Europe this season, and his potential as a roleplayer who can finish inside, crash the boards, and do the dirty work inside is well documented. Cornelie is more of a modern big man, so to speak. At 6'11, he's a terrific shooter with a promising skill level and some potential defensively. He will only play in the camp on Saturday.
Two of a handful of international big men jockeying for position in the mid to late first round, the contrast in styles between the two and their attendance here make their situation all the more interesting. If Zizic can be a productive here as he has throughout the season, he's sure to make a strong impression. Cornelie, on the other hand, has, perhaps more to gain if he makes an impact defensively and competes with tenacity on both ends, while showing a better feel for the game offensively than he's been given credit for up until this point.
7'3 center Youssoufa Fall is relatively new to the game, but has the type of tools you can't teach including a 7'8 wingspan, a 271-pound frame, and freakishly large hands. Seeing spot minutes in Pro A and the EuroCup for Le Mans this season, Fall has averaged 13.5 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks per game in Espoirs and still has plenty of untapped potential. Scouts will be interested to see how he holds up against some of the more experienced players he'll encounter here.
A 6'10 forward with a 7'2 wingspan, Rolands Smits combines nice physical tools with solid athleticism and a budding skill set. Playing a small, but steady role in the ACB for Fuenlabrada averaging 4.6 points over 13 minutes per game, Smits could help himself here if he can showcase the development of his skill-level or feel for the game. Getting by on his athleticism for much of his career, he can make a shot from the perimeter, put the ball on the floor, and finish above the rim, but hasn't shown enough to this point to put himself in position to get drafted on his in-season performance alone.
Jordan Sakho and Romaric Belemene are two of the more impressive physical specimens among international early entries. Sakho, hailing from Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, is one of the bigger unknowns in this draft. At 6'10, he played out this season in the Spanish 4th Division averaging 12 points and 10.1 rebounds over 26.5 minutes per game against inferior competition. Scouts will take an interest in Sakho, as while there's plenty of tape available, few decision-makers have seen him in-person in competitive action to this point.
Belemene, who was born in Pointe-Noire in the Republic of Congo, averaged 14.9 points and 5.6 rebounds per game in the Spanish 3rd Division for Unicaja Malaga's 2nd team, Clinicas Rincon. A good athlete with a strong frame who plays both forward spots, Belemene's unrefined skill level will come under the microscope here. Both players could help themselves quite a bit here if they can hold their own against the caliber of players assembled.
2017 NBA Draft and Beyond
A few of the most interesting prospects participating in the EuroCamp are not draft-eligible, as they are either too young or didn't feel ready to put their names in just yet. That doesn't mean that NBA scouts won't be watching them, though.
Perhaps the EuroCamp's greatest value lies in getting an early read on promising young players who are just on the verge of becoming important players at the professional level, something that holds true for both the NBA and European talent evaluators in attendance.
Some of the following 16 prospects have already established strong reputations for themselves, while others are lesser known. Unlike some years, there are no true unknowns among the players slated to attend.
Vlatko Cancar (Union Olimpija)
Martynas Echodas (Zalgiris Kaunas)
Sergi Garcia (Zaragoza)
Kenan Karahodzic (Clinicas Rincon)
Verners Kohs (El Olivar)
Leon Kratzer (Baunach)
Arnoldas Kulboka (Baunach)
Vanja Marinkovic (Partizan)
William McDowell-White (Wishart)
Kostja Mushidi (Strasbourg)
Zoran Nikolic (Prat Joventut)
Simon Pursl (El Olivar)
Matic Rebec (Krka)
Mo Soluade (Gipuzkoa)
Mohammad Yousofvand (Chemidor)
Karlo Zganec (Cedevita)
Kulboka's teammate in Baunach, Leon Kratzer is one of the more bruising international players slated to be in attendance. A near 7-footer who averaged 8 points and an impressive 9.4 rebounds over 25.2 minutes per game in Pro A this year, it will be interesting to see what kind of strides Kratzer's skill set has made as he looks to round out his game.
William McDowell-White continues his worldwide tour. After a solid showing at the FIBA U19 World Championships last summer in Greece, the big point guard returned to Australia before attending the adidas Nations event in August, and then the 2016 Nike Hoop Summit in Portland this past April. Struggling to get the World Team into their sets on a team that lacked an ideal primarily ball-handler and was pressed by an athletic USA team, McDowell-White will look to bounce back in Treviso. Committing to Fresno State in April, where he'll join his older brother, McDowell-White becomes one of the first college bound international players to ever attend this event.
Mohammad Yousofvand is likely the most unheralded player here having spent his entire professional career in his native Iran, but even he has built a significant reputation on the FIBA circuit playing exceptionally well at the 2014 FIBA Asia U18 Championship and averaging 14.9 points, 13.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 2.7 steals over 36.3 minutes per game at the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship. A big, fairly athletic player who lacks great perimeter skills, Yousofvand's strength and athleticism will be tested here.
2016 EuroCamp Overview
The EuroCamp (official website) will continue many of its key traditions this season bringing back many of the familiar faces who have made the camp what it has become. Maurizio Gherardini, the founder of EuroCamp and Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul general manager, returns once again as the camp director, after replacing Arturas Karnisovas a few years ago. Former NBA assistant coach Bill Bayno returns as coaching director for the fourth year. They will be assisted by organizers Jim Gatto, Jelena Soce and Michele Gherardini, who have made some key changes to the event in recent years that enhanced the experience for NBA scouts and have a chance to pay even bigger dividends this year.
For the fourth straight year, adidas has assembled a Team USA roster, which will play one game every day, and has become one of the highlights of the camp. Recent players of note to appear on the EuroCamp USA roster include Brandon Ingram, Thon Maker, Edrice Adebayo, Frank Jackson, Rawle Alkins, Dennis Smith, and Jaylen Brown. The value of seeing young American prospects, such as Brown and Ingram, up close in addition to group of international players assembled is obviously significant for the NBA scouts in attendance.
This year's group is expected to be somewhat down after last year's squad surprisingly went undefeated behind strong showings from Rawle Alkins, Edrice Adebayo and Frank Jackson, among others.
2016 under-18 adidas USA Select
|Jaylen Hands||2/12/1999||17.3||PG||6'2"||USA||Mater Dei|
|Brandon Huffman||PF||6'9"||USA||Word of God Christian|
|Mayan Kiir||PF||6'8"||Australia||Victory Rock Prep|
|A.J. Oliver||3/9/1999||17.2||SF||6'5"||USA||D. W. Daniel|
|Darius Perry||3/13/1999||17.2||PG||6'1"||USA||Joseph Wheeler|
|Lindell Wiggington||3/28/1998||18.2||PG||6'1"||Canada||Oak Hill|
|Alexis Yetna||PF||6'8"||France||Mt. Zion Prep|
UCLA commits Jaylen Hands and Jalen Hill are the headliners while Darius Perry, Alex Reese, and A.J. Oliver give this team some balance, even if it lacks star power. Lindell Wiggington, Alexis Yetna, and Mayan Kiir bring an international flavor that this team has not had historically. As always, it will be interesting to see how this team of top performers from the adidas Gauntlet meshes and which prospects can get a jump on their NBA resumes in Treviso.
Next Generation Practices
Adidas has also assembled a Next Generation for this year's EuroCamp. Continuing the tradition started in 2013, this group will be composed of many of the top prospects in Europe under the age of 16. Showcasing their skills in a single two hour session that will also include a full court game, the players invited will offer NBA and European scouts a glimpse of what the future holds. This year, the rosters for this portion of the Eurocamp have been expanded so the players in attendance will form two teams instead of competing against the Benetton juniors as they did a year ago.
2016 Next Generation Roster
|Tarik Biberovic||1/28/2001||15.3||SF||6'5"||Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|Amar Mehic||7/5/2001||14.9||C||6'9"||Bosnia and Herzegovina|
Promising 2000-born prospect Sekou Doumbouya, currently at INSEP Academy by way of Guinea, was slated to attend as well, but is still awaiting his French passport which will allow him to travel and play with the National Team this summer at the U18 European Championship.
Additional teams in attendance
As has historically been the case, the EuroCamp will include a few additional teams attending as a way to prepare for FIBA Competition this summer. This year, the U-20 French National Team will be attending once again, and will be joined by the U-20 Ukrainian National Team.
U20 French Team
|Jean-Philippe Dally||3/8/1996||20.2||SG||6'6"||France||Le Mans|
|Bradley Jomard||2/22/1996||20.2||PG||6'5"||France||MIT (D3)|
|Sylvain Francisco||10/10/1997||18.6||PG||5'11"||France||Liberty Academy (FL)|
While official rosters for the French U20 National Team won't be available until the event begins, this is our best guess as to which top French prospects may be included on the team's roster. A number of top players, including Jonathan Jeanne, Alpha Kaba, Isaia Cordinier, Carl Posnar, and Frank Ntilikina will be unable to attend for an assortment of reasons including workouts in the USA, injuries, the ongoing French League playoffs, or simply to take the summer off and focus on his body in Jeanne's case. Ntilikina will focus on graduating from high school upon completion of the LNB season and will join the U20 National team on June 23rd, despite only being 17 years old. Posnar will join the team in approximately a week when he fully heals from a minor injury.
Despite the large number of prospects who are unable to participate, NBA teams will be very interested in seeing the likes of Cyrille Eliezer-Vanerot who had a strong end to the season in Espoirs as well as Elie Okobo, an intriguing scoring guard who will be playing up a year here.
Bradley Jomard is an aerospace engineering major at MIT who also averaged 16.4 per game in Division III. Sylvain Francisco is also based in the US at Liberty Christian Academy. He competed in the first session of the EYBL in Brooklyn in April with Each 1 Teach 1.
Leopold Cavaliere was named MVP of the French junior league (Espoirs) this season, so this will be a nice opportunity for teams to see how he's improved in what's likely to be a featured role.
U20 Ukaine Team
Friday June 10
9:00am Stations-NBA Offense & Defense concepts
9:45am Team Practice/Scrimmage
11:00am Team 2 vs Team 3 (4 X 10min running time)
1:00pm FRANCE U-20 vs US Select Team (REGULAR TIME)
EVENING SESSION: Games on Main Court
3:30pm Team 1 vs Team 4 (4 X 10min running time)
5:00pm All Star Team vs UKRAINE U-20 (REGULAR TIME)
Saturday June 11
9:15am Transition Offense & Defense
10:30am Team Practice/Scrimmage
11:45-12:15 Guest Speaker TBD
12:45pm UKRAINE U-20 vs FRANCE U-20 (REGULAR TIME)
EVENING SESSION: Games on Main Court
3:00pm Next Gen Team 1 vs Next Gen Team 2 (Main Court REGULAR TIME)
5:30pm All Star Team vs US Select Team (REGULAR TIME)
Sunday June 12
9:45am Team Practice/Scrimmage
10:15am Shooting Competitions
12:45pm US Select Team vs UKRAINE U-20 (REGULAR TIME)
EVENING SESSION: Games on Main Court
3:00pm Team 1 vs Team 3 (4 X 10min running time)
4:00pm Team 2 vs Team 4 (4 X 10min running time)
5:30pm All Star Team vs FRANCE U-20 (REGULAR TIME)