Adidas Announces 2015 EuroCamp Location
With rumors that the EuroCamp may have been held elsewhere in Europe next year, adidas announced today that the event will once again be held in Treviso, Italy in 2015. Given the proximity to other relevant basketball events taking place at this time of year, NBA teams seemed pleased with the decision.
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Comments from EuroCamp Director Maurizio Gherardini
EuroCamp director Maurizio Gherardini, who was recently named the general manager of Turkish power Fenerbahce Ulker, took some time to give us his perspective on this year's event.
"Overall it was a good camp. Too bad a few projected high level players could not attend. It is never easy to match the schedules of different countries perfectly with the NBA teams' schedules. It is something we're constantly working on trying to perfect.
I thought it was very interesting to see the younger teams here; the Next Generation group which competed at a very high level and then the US team which showed some very intriguing talent for the future. These were some very high quality players when we're looking at what comes next. Players at the camp here will certainly be considered for this year's draft, as well as beyond. I was really happy with the quality of the coaching staff. Our speakers. Our guests. All very special people. All in all this was a very good camp.
Looking forward it is very important for people to understand that this setting is the ideal place and moment to be showcased for all 30 NBA teams. This is the best way to showcase your talent. It would be nice if more players realized this for next year and beyond."
Team Game Notes
-Scoring 18 points while dishing out 7 assists, Philip Scrubb keyed Carleton University to a blowout 90-56 win over a much younger adidas USA Select Team. Bouncing back from a poor shooting performance yesterday, Carleton went 14/36 from downtown with Scrubb leading the charge going 3/6.
The North Carolina native has a nice frame for a lead guard standing 6'2 with a 6'3 wingspan to go along with solid athleticism. He needs to continue getting stronger, but has some nice tools to work with physically. A capable shooter with nice mechanics who can create for others when he's dialed in, it was nice to see Smith turn things around on day three. His decision-making still leaved something to be desired at times, but Smith consistently utilized the quickness and passing ability that have made him such a highly touted recruit. One of the youngest players on this team, Smith showed some flashes today, and has been one of the most productive players in the inaugural season of adidas's AAU circuit, the Gauntlet averaging 18.5 points and 5.7 assist per-game for Team Loaded NC.
-Thon Maker had a nice showing this week offensively, but also showed just how raw he is defensively at this point in his career. As much as his lack of strength limits him on the glass and in the post, he does not appear to have great instincts pursuing the ball either, compounding his struggles on that end of the floor against the more mature competition he encountered here.
Our friends over at Basketball Insiders had a chance to speak with Maker here in Treviso.
-Considered a top-10 recruit in the class of 2015, Carlton Bragg struggled here. A well-built forward with good size and athleticism to go along with a mature frame, Bragg wasn't able to make use of his physical tools consistently and struggled to score, lacking refined post moves and not shooting the ball particularly well from the perimeter. Averaging 6.7 points and 2.7 rebounds per-game, this was a disappointing showing from the Cleveland native on the whole, as he didn't seem intent on impressing the scouts in attendance.
-De'Ron Davis, on the other hand, was solid the past few days. While his skill level is still a work in progress, his length and explosiveness make him a tremendous finisher and offensive rebounder. His frame is already impressive and has terrific potential, which coupled with the energy he brings as a rebounder, give him obvious value moving forward depending on how his skill level develops before he heads to the NCAA ranks in a couple years.
-6'5 scoring guard Kobi Simmons struggled to make shots here, limiting his impact offensively, but showed the ability to make plays in transition and apply pressure defensively. Spending time playing both on and off the ball, Simmons didn't show much in the way of shot selection or playmaking ability, but was able to make an impact with his first step and lateral quickness.
-Class of 2016 Pittsburgh commit Maverick Rowan was the least highly touted recruit here outside of Danta Hales, but held his own. A 6'7 shooter who can also put the ball on the floor and create his own shot a bit, Rowan has a picturesque shooting stroke and nice size for a wing. He may not be a great athlete, but he plays within himself and should give Jamie Dixon's Panthers an efficient scoring option on the wing down the road.
-Brandon Ingram, a long, smooth perimeter scorer from North Carolina finished as the third best scorer on the adidas USA Select Team. A top-15 recruit in the class of 2015, the 6'8 forward has a Jeremy Lamb-esque perimeter game. Able to get his shot off from the midrange thank to his size and length, Ingram is a bit streaky at the moment, but seems to have nice potential as a scorer. He'll need to get stronger and improve his left hand, but he is a player to keep an eye on as he matures.
Though Jaiteh struggled at times at the Hoop Summit last year and looked less than focused for some stretches the past few days, overall, he showed improvement here. His lack of great athleticism will give scouts pause, but there's little doubt he'd have been drafted in the second round this year had he declared. Averaging 6.7 points and 4.3 rebounds per-game for Nanterre in the French League, Jaiteh's ability to gain high-level experience and continue to improve his skill level should help him improve his standing among scouts in the coming years, as he won't become automatically eligible for the draft until 2016 should he not enter the draft next year.
-Kevin Harley played in the French 2nd division this season unlike many of his teammates who spent the year in Espoirs, but found a comfort zone here, capping the week with a 13-point, 3-assist performance. A 6'5 wing with pretty good athleticism, Harley is a competitive player who can do a little bit of everything. His lack of shooting ability is his main weakness at the moment, and the 15% he shot from beyond the arc during the regular season is reflective of the room he has to improve.
During his three days here, Felicio rebounded the ball effectively and used his strength and athleticism to finish inside. On top of that, he flashed a promising shooting stroke, a significant development given concerns that he's a bit stuck between the four and five spots. He needs to continue developing his midrange game and overall skill level, but his marked improvement is a big step in the right direction. His impressive play here, combined with his solid physical tools, certainly put him in conversations to be selected in the back half of the second round.
-Axel Toupane came down to earth a bit after a strong start in Treviso. He struggled to make jump shots today, going 2/8 in game action. Lacking great strength, he struggled to finish at times as well. Despite his performance this afternoon, Toupane is a player scouts will keep an eye on whether he's drafted this year or not as he still appears to have some upside given his physical tools.
-This week was a challenge for 1996-born guard Ludde Hakanson, who is just a few weeks removed from averaging 25.5 points and 6 assists per-game and the 2014 Albert Schweitzer Tournament. One of the camp's youngest full participants, the 6'3 guard struggled against the older players. An average athlete, he struggled to create space. Unable to make use of his tremendous shooting ability and feel for the game because of that, it is obvious the Hakanson will need to gain experience to begin to translate his skills to the senior level. Averaging 10 points per-game for Barcelona's 2nd team in the Spanish 2nd division this season, it will be interesting to see if Hakanson remains in the LEB until he's prepared to play in the ACB like Mario Hezonja or if he'll be loaned out for stretches like fellow Swede and camp attendee Marcus Eriksson. This was no doubt a good learning experience for the 18 year old.
-The youngest camper here, Dragan Bender, looked nervous at times and struggled. Lacking physical strength in a major way, he didn't impress scouts significantly, though he's certainly a player to keep an eye on down the road given his youth relative to the rest of the players here.