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European Summer League and Europrobasket player Christopher Turnquest signed with Club Arenys Basquet after a very successful European Summer League performance. Christopher came to Europrobasket a few weeks before the start of the summer league to train and prepare himself for the opportunity to showcase himself in June. After a few years working a regular job in the Bahamas, Christopher decided to give playing professional basketball one last shot. At the age of 33 he signed with his first European Club. A huge bonus of playing with his new club is that it is the feeder team for a 2nd Division Leb Gold team. They will be keeping an eye on Chris’ performance throughout the season and if they like what they see he could be called up to the 1st team! Congrats Chris, we wish you the best of luck this season!

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European Summer League player Brian Holland had a tryout with Club Basket Sant Josep  Badalona.  He came from a good NCAA DII University but was not given many minutes on the court. With those minutes, stats and film it is nearly impossible to get interest from agents and teams overseas. Brian came to Europrobasket in May 2016 to train for a few weeks before starting the European Summer League which started June 1st 2016. After a very good showing during his time here at the academy he has started receiving interest from teams in Spain. He left to his first tryout since his arrival in Europe. Good luck and keep working hard Brian!

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Europrobasket staff would like to thank NBA Scout and Trainer Jason Benadretti for attending the European Summer League this June. Jason was a scout for the Orlando Magic, currently a scout for the NBA Draft and is also the Director of Basketball Operations for a professional training company called Ground Zero Training,  www.groundzerotraining.com.

 

Jason and Ground Zero Training currently have numerous players in the NBA Draft this year. Europrobasket would like to wish them all the best of luck!

 

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European Summer League player Connor Tuxford just recently returned from a week long tryout with Club Ourense Baloncesto’s U22 team. Their first team is in Spain’s Leb Gold (2nd Division). Connor took part in Europrobasket’s European Summer League. He left early for a tryout with an Eba team that has another Leb Gold team above it. This is his second tryout since the Summer League which ended less than two weeks ago. Congrats to Connor, we look forward to seeing you play in Spain this next season!!

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Two European Summer League players left on tryouts today. They will be trying out for an EBA team that is affiliated with a Leb Gold team. The left today to practice with their team and prepare for a a few games in Andorra, playing against the Andorian National Team. Good luck to Europrobasket and European Summer League players Christopher Turnquest and Connor Tuxford!

 

 

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Europrobasket would like to thank Professional Greek coach Dimitrios Kyriakou for his visit to the academy. Dimitrious came to Europrobasket with a long history as a head coach, assistant coach and director/coordinator for different professional and collegiate programs. His most recent experience comes as a Head Coach for the Greek National Basketball Team to the Maccabiah games. Also as the Head Coach of The Anatolia College Basketball team which is in the 2nd National Division in Greece. Other experiences are with the Jordanian’s National Team in the U18 and U16 groups, Pierkos/Arhelaos B.C., AJAX Evosmos, and Anagennisi-Floga as a head coach in the 2nd division. As well as numerous clubs in the 1st Division Greece as an assistant coach such as Rethymno Aegean B.C., Kavala B.C., and Iraklis B.C. Not to mention working as an assistant coach in the United States for various NCAA programs such as Furman University NCAA DI and the University of Nevada NCAA DI.

In all these years and experiences with various professional and NCAA Division I programs he has been very successful with a 255-65 win loss record!! He’s been the Undefeated National champion with Aris U18 Junior team, State Champion with Aris U18 Junior team, State Champion with Iraklis U18 Junior Team, Champion of North and Central Greece with Iraklis U18 Junior Team, been to the final four with Aris and Iraklis U18 Junior teams, brought Aetos Kilkis to the 3rd place position with the best record in the clubs history, and received coach of the year for juniors! The list goes on and on for this great coach!

The staff and players feel blessed to have had the opportunity to learn from a coach with such extensive knowledge and deep insight to the game of basketball on a World level. Thank you coach Dimitrios Kyriakou, we look forward to having you as a coach for the European Summer League in June!!

 

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Many players get their starts in Europrobasket International Academy. Here are stories of 4 that moved up in this month, March 2016, alone.

 

Amen Osayande was in the Europrobasket International Academy program in August of last year. He had interest from several different teams and ended up signing with UE Mataro, a 5th division team in the Copa Catalunya league in Spain. Many players think 5th division here in Spain is very low, but the fact is that it has better competition than 1st divisions in a lot of smaller basketball countries. Amen had some solid games with his team and was offered a better deal in Australia playing in the State Leagues there. He is now signed with his team and will start a new season in another country, in another part of the world. Coming from a small NAIA school and now playing professional basketball.

 

 

Chae Philips started his program in November of last year. After a successful one month program he was placed on a segunda catalunya team called CB Bescano. That is in the 7th division here in Spain. After just 3 games with his team he was offered a deal with a team in the 5th division, Copa Catalunya. Now playing with CB Castellar Chae had two good games, last one scoring 11pts shooting 4/6, 4rbs with an efficiency rating of 11.

 

 

Chris Motten-Jackson is a player that attended the academy in September of last year. He was placed on a lower level team near Valencia. He along with another player JR Johnson have made a HUGE impact on their team. Chris at times scoring over 40 points in a game along with other Europrobasket player sell the gym out. Fans come to watch these two put on a show in their small town. Games are packed and media are their to take the after game reports. Because of his help with his team he is being sent on a tryout in Mexico, his current coach being a National team coach in Mexico for many years is helping with the transaction.

 

 

Kollin Hancock is a 29 year old american football player that is actually very talented in both basketball and football. He didnt play basketball in college but instead played football and decided to play basketball after he graduated. He has what it takes to play professionally but needed to show it, so he decided to come to Europrobasket in hopes of starting his professional career. Not easy to do at 29 with no previous experience. He was placed on a 5th division team in Copa Catalunya. This team is a feeder team for the senior team in the well respected EBA league. He is now practicing with the higher division team in hopes of landing a better offer for next season. His game last weekend 24pts, 8rbs, 2asts, 1stl, 27eff, is testament to his hard work and will only put him closer to achieving his goal.

 

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Josh White is a player that came to the academy with no professional experience. He played NAIA at a smaller school and decided he wanted to play basketball. At 28 years old he came to the academy and was placed on a 5th division team in Plasencia. He destroyed the league and was well on his way to being the MVP of the league. He left his team early due to an offer in South America. Now he will be playing in Columbia for the Liga DirectTV.

 

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All of these players moved to better situations and professional teams. Not all players can play professional basketball, and not all can go straight to a professional team. They need to get a start somewhere. Europrobasket is the place where you can get your start. Contact us if you are interested in getting your start overseas!    europrobasket@gmail.com

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