One of the most common questions about playing basketball
overseas is being qualified enough to play.
Can I play overseas basketball if I don’t
have much experience but great abilities?
YES!! Some type of organized basketball
experience is important to most teams overseas. That’s
not to say if you haven't played organized basketball that
you have no chance. If you have played one or two years
in college and for some reason you couldn't finish but you
want to play, it’s still possible.
There are many free agent exposure camps that are going
on throughout the year. Also some organizations tour Europe
which you may or may not have to pay to join. However its
an opportunity to showcase your skills in front of real
coaches from overseas, agents, and basketball club managers.
Exposure basketball camps
Some basketball exposure camps cost between $100.00 - $250.00
for registration, excluding any transportation, food, and
accommodations. So taking a chance could be worth it depending
how much you want to play. It’s best to search the
web for camps that could be possibly close to your home
and jump on board! It can never hurt to try.
If you are in Christian organization there
are many that tour overseas to do missionary work and play
basketball as well. Those are great opportunities if you
are interested in spreading the gospel and play basketball!
Where can I play?
Well if you want to be realistic as to where you have to
potential to play then you must think at what level you
play right now. If you consistently practice and play against
players that currently play organized basketball overseas,
college, or professional in the states then you can probably
measure your skills and abilities by that. Otherwise it
would be very hard to say if you have a chance to play against
But if I had to guess where a player should play if they
don’t have much experience is to try the second or
third divisions overseas. That way if you play well the
coaches and clubs in that particular country will see your
game and then start to make offers to play in the higher
division. This approach in my opinion is the best option
in terms of experience if you didn’t get the right
exposure you wanted in or out of college.
The key is to get your basketball profile together with
all stats, pictures, and a basketball highlight
tape. The tape is important because no matter where
you did or did not play, what your game time skills appear
on tape is the most important to basketball clubs. You could
fit to a team perfect and then you’re off to play
2004 Pro Basketball Camps
When: June 5th-6th 2004 Where: Boston (USA) Who: Men Basketball Players
Cost: $200 before May 1st; $250
after to May 29th
Sports Management camp is for players
of all positions. Coates Sports Management has invited top
players from around the United States. This Pro camp will
have scouts and coaches from France, Germany, England, Finland,
Switzerland, Denmark, and Norway looking to sign quality
Sports Management specializes in finding
top talent from Division 1, 2, and 3. Our company is holding
this Basketball Camp to give players the utmost exposure
so they may sign Pro Contracts for next season. This camp
is being held at a top basketball facility where the NBA
Boston Celtics hold their camps.
The camp will be run professionally on every level. We will
only be accepting 80 top players to attend
our camp. We are having 8 players maximum to a team; this
is to insure equal playing time. Each team will be coached
by an overseas scout or by Coates Sports Management personal.
All games will be refereed by top high school and college
refs. Each player will play between 2-3 games daily. There
will be an All-Star game at the end of each day. Top players
of the day will be invited to attend this game. Players
will be assigned to a team roster that will also display
their college attended, positions played, and jersey number.
All scouts will be given team rosters for recruiting. Each
player will have organized game schedules given to them
on arrival of camp.
Summer League is coming for the 7th time in a row:
since 1997, the late part of june has become a fixed date
for international agents and managers and every basketball
fan. With the last week of June, the basketball world revolves
around Palaverde with tradings, future strategies, search
for new players among the 100 athletes who take part in
the Summer League contest, with a field of 8 teams playing
16 games, 4 per day. In the last 6 years many players exploited
this chance offered by Treviso Summer League to step up
and become basketball stars: the first and most important
one has been Michael Stewart, now playing for Cleveland
Cavaliers (Nba), followed by Olumide Ojededij (Miami Heats),
and many top European players like Milan Gourovic (World
Champion with the Yugoslavian National Team), Sam Hines
(Oregon Cantω, Italian League), Brad Traina (top scorer
of the Bundesliga in Germany, with Telekom Bonn), Alan Tomidy
(Euro Roseto), Arsene Ade Mensah, Brian Oliver, Oriol Junyent,
Dwayne Jefferson (top scorer of the Turkish League), James
Larranaga, Joe Brown (top Belgian scorer), Veljko Mrsic,
Mindaugas Timinskas. Many international and italian media
will focus on Treviso Summer League, as it happens with
the tv broadcast of 4 matches, granted by Tele+.
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