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2009 Reebok Eurocamp: Day 1

Sat, 06/06/2009 - 4:45pm
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Reebok's annual Eurocamp in Treviso, Italy got underway Saturday with all 30 teams represented. A number of GMs are here including New York's Donnie Walsh, Dallas' Donnie Nelson, Phoenix's Steve Kerr, and Houston's Darryl Moray. A few coaches made the trip over too including Mike D'Antoni and Toronto's Jay Triano.

The Knicks have four representatives (Walsh and D'Antoni, plus Int scouts Kevin Wilson and Misha) over here and word is they're here to see Ricky Rubio. A meeting could be set up to see him in Barcelona. Rubio is currently in the Canary Islands for a basketball camp.

While a number of players pulled out from the original list, the competition on day one was strong. Brandon Jennings not being here was a disappointment considering he was originally scheduled to be here. Obviously all the GMs knew well ahead of time he would not be here, but that doesn't mean they're not going to complain about it. Considering there probably aren't any first rounders here (Mills has an outside shot), it would have been difficult for someone like Jennings to improve his draft stock even with a great performance.

Possible second rounder Jonas Jerebko is expected to come into camp on Sunday.

Day 1 Results:

Game 1

Red 67 - Carolina Blue 64

The first game had all of the symptoms that are evident in most of the opening matches in these types of settings; a lot of miscommunication, missed shots, and just overall sloppy play. After being down in the early going, the Red team was able to get ahead where they stayed at for the remainder of the game. It did get close down the stretch, but Carolina Blue was unable to convert on their free throws which took away all of their chances.

Alexey Shved (16 PTS, 6-9FG, 5STLS)

Shved played on the wing for most of the game and was able to show a nice scoring touch from the outside. He converted on a variety of pullup and spotup shots from midrange and deep, even while being closely defended. His body looks like it has developed somewhat, but his overall game did not show much improvement. Off the dribble, he has some nice moves, but his quickness is only decent and it limits his ability to get into the lane. He has good size and length, but the explosiveness and speed are two attributes that he is lacking to make him a serious prospect for the next level. At this point it seems as if sitting on the bench of a great team has seriously stunted Shved’s growth, but he still has two more days to prove otherwise.

Patrick Beverly (14 PTS, 6 REBS, 5 STLS, 4 ASTS)

Beverly came ready to go from the early stages and he continued to play with a lot of energy throughout. He was not shy about being aggressive and he seemed to play at a higher pace than everyone else. With that said, in terms of potential for the next level, he is lacking the point guard mentality and the court vision that would allow him to be a lead guard. He has nice handles and decent quickness, but he doesn’t really punish the defense with either his playmaking or his scoring once he gets into the lane. He was able to make some plays in transition and he also hit a couple midrange shots, but overall he just looked more focused on getting his own shot rather than creating for teammates.

Game 2

Black 62 – Grey 52

Thanks to a strong 2nd quarter, the Black team was able to get a small cushion and even though they never blew the game open, they were able to make the key plays when it counted.



Rodrigue Beaubois

Rodrique Beaubois (10 PTS, 4-13FG, 0-3 3PT, 5 REBS, 2 BLKS)

In terms of speed, quickness, leaping ability and length, Beaubois has the ultimate combination. Whether in the open court, or when turning the corner and getting to the hoop, he shows great athleticism and explosiveness. However, the physical aspect was never an issue with the French point guard; he was always a guy who needed more time to learn how to run a team and to fix his jump shot. Based on his performance today, he was not able to show that either of those has really improved. He certainly has confidence in his outside shot, but a hitch in his release seems to throw his accuracy off, which in return makes him very ineffective from deep. In terms of his playmaking ability, he failed to show much of it, as he likes to hang on to the ball as long as possible only looking to pass when it becomes his last option. With all that said, he is still a guy who has some intrigue and because of his age, he still has upside where he could potentially become a player down the road.

Pablo Aguilar (14 PTS, 5-8 FG, 2-4 3PT, 5 REBS, 2BLKS)

(16 PTS, 7-9 FG, 2-3 3PT, 6 REBS)

He played in two games and was able to showcase his skill set on both occasions. At 6-8 he has a fairly developed frame with good length. He runs the floor extremely well and plays with a lot of energy, which mixed with his good agility and athleticism allows him to get a lot of easy baskets in transition. In the half court he proved that he is a very reliable outside shooter, especially spotting up in the corners. He is undersized for a traditional 4 man and lacks the perimeter game to play as a 3, but if he can continue to prove his worth from range, he might have a shot down the road.

David Huertas (15 PTS, 6-8 FG, 5 REBS)

A bit of an unknown, Huertas shot the ball extremely well today and put together an overall solid performance. His shot is obviously his go to weapon, and he is able to get it off very quickly and convert even when closely contested. In terms of the rest of his game, he does not seem to have the quickness or the handles to be able to get into the lane. He is a long shot to get drafted, but continuing to play well will definitely open doors for him on the international scene.

Sergii Gladyr (7 PTS, 1-8 FG, 5 REBS)

(14 PTS, 4-8 FG, 2-4 3PT, 2 AST)

After struggling in the first game, Sergii was able to find his shooting rhythm in the night session and the rest of his game benefited. He has a nice stroke and all he needs is a little breathing room to get his shot off. Off the dribble he is not the most explosive, but he knows how to use shot fakes to set up moves and to create space. Listed at 6-5, he certainly looks smaller and also lacks the physical package to become a serious prospect, but being only 1989 he has some time to work on his game.

Tomas Satoransky (6 PTS, 3 REBS, 2 AST)

Not a very impressive stat line, but the 1991 born Czech proved that he can play. He has good size on the wing and is a very deceptive leaper which makes him dangerous when going to the hoop. He doesn’t seem comfortable handling the ball in the open court and struggles getting by defenders off the dribble, which is both a mix of a limited first step and a lack of ballhandling. He definitely has some talent, but seems to play very passively and looks content with just being there. If he is to become a real player, he will definitely have to change his mindset and approach to the game.

Game 3

Green 64 – Royal Blue 46

From the very beginning, this game was out of reach. The Green team won the first quarter 17-9 and never looked back.



Patrick Mills

Patrick Mills (16 PTS, 6-13 FG, 2-3 3PT, 1 AST)

Even though Mills scored the ball fairly well, he was not really able to show anything new in order to dispel the concerns surrounding his game. Obviously his quickness and speed are top notch, and his size or lack thereof will never change, but he had a chance to prove that he can run a team and that he can be a contain type defender. His shot is smooth and he was able to knock down a couple from beyond the arc, but he did not show many instances of being a facilitator or distributor. He looked to create his own opportunities and did so with good success, but what will get him to the next level is not his scoring… rather his ability to make plays for others. Defensively, his frame is so light that he has a hard time keeping aggressive guards from getting into the lane simply because he cannot cut off their lanes. Overall, his performance did very little to slow the dropping of his stock and he will need to show more in the next two days if anything is to change.

Nando De Colo (13 PTS, 5-7 FG, 4 AST, 4 STL)

(12 PTS, 5-8 FG, 3 AST, 3 STL)

De Colo played the point in both games and he proved that his playmaking ability along with his outside shot make him a very dangerous player. However, in terms of NBA potential he is limited because he lacks the quickness and speed of a true PG and doesn’t have the size or explosiveness to become an off guard. He is a very smart and crafty player, but his game is more catered for the European competition.

Kostas Papanikolau (3 PTS, 2 STL, 1 BLOCK)

The stat line was definitely not impressive, but the 1990 born Kostas, shows a nice physical package with good athleticism and the ability to hit the outside shot. His touches offensively were limited so it was hard to gauge how much offensive polish he has, but he is definitely a player the will get a closer look over the next few days.

Game 4

All Star Team 85 – FMP Junior Euroleague Champions 58

The young FMP squad got some help from older players like Milutinovic, but they were simply outclassed by the bigger, stronger and overall better collection of All Starts (although it was by no means a team of the top players from the camp)

Dejan Musli (15 PTS, 5-14 FG, 6 REBS, 4 AST)

For most of the game Musli went up against the much bigger Boban Marjanovic (7’4) or the more agile and aggressive Pablo Aguilar. He has a very soft touch around the basket, but his slow footwork makes it hard for him to make moves with his back to the basket against the better competition. He was able to once again showcase his nice passing ability as he found cutters in the lane on numerous occasions and he was even able to push the ball out in transition with a couple dribbles. He will have another opportunity to show that he can play against bigger and better opponents.

Andreja Milutinovic (0 PTS)

(18 PTS, 8-13 FG, 5 STLS, 3 REBS) with FMP

One game Milutinovic played with the camp team and the other one he played with his FMP squad. While statistically it was night and day between the contests, he did not show much in terms of NBA potential in either one. He has good size for the perimeter, but he is extremely weak and lacks the explosiveness to get by people or to create the necessary separation to get his shot off. Even though he is a 1990 born player, Europe seems to be his ceiling.

Roster


1987
Luigi DaTome 6'8'' SG/SF Italy
Nando DeColo 6'5'' PG France
Harry Ezenibe 6'3'' G Nigeria
Daniel Hackett 6'5'' G Italy
David Huertas 6'4'' G Puerto Rico
Joe Ingles 6'8'' SG/SF Australia
Adam Lapeta 7'2'' C Poland
Johannes Lischka 6'8'' F Germany
Andrei Vorontsevich 6'10' SF/PF Russia
Nemanja Aleksandrov 6'11'' SF/PF Serbia
Uros Nikolic 6'10' PF/C Serbia
Henk Norel 7'0'' PF/C Netherlands
Jaka Klobucar 6'6'' SG/SF Slovenia
Jonas Jerebko 6'9'' SF Sweden (*Not in attendance)
Rudy Mbemba 5'11'' G Sweden (*Not in attendance)
Vyacheslav Kravtsov 7'0'' C Ukraine
Milenko Tepic 6'6'' G Serbia (*Not in attendance)

1988
Aboubakar Amadou Zaki 7'1'' C Nigeria
Rodrigue Beaubois 6'1'' G France
Patrick Beverly 6'2'' G USA
Vladimir Dasic 6'10'' SF/PF Montenegro

Sergey Gladyr 6'5'' SG/SF Ukraine
Nemanja Gordic 6'5'' SG Bosnia/Herzegovina
Rudy Jomby 6'6'' SG/SF France
Elmedin Kikanovic 6'11'' C Bosnia/Herzegovina
Boban Marjanovic 7'4'' C Serbia
Stefan Markovic 6'5'' SG Serbia
Abdoulaye Mbaye 6'2'' SG France
Patrick Mills 6'0'' PG Australia
Terrence Oglesby 6'2'' SG USA
Anton Ponomarev 6'10'' SF/PF Russia
Alexey Shved 6'5'' SG Russia
Alexandros Sigkounas 6'9'' PF Greece
Ludovic Vaty 6'9'' PF France
Artem Zabelin 7'1'' PF Russia

1989
Pablo Aguilar 6'9'' SF/PF Spain
Georgios Bogris 6'11'' C Greece
Jayson Granger 6'3'' SG Uruguay
Adam Hanga 6'7'' SG Hungary
Edwin Jackson 6'4'' SG France
Carl Ona Embo 6'1'' PG France
Fernando Raposo 6'10'' PF Portugal
Andrea Renzi 6'8'' PF Italy
Evangelos Sakellariou 6'5'' SG Greece
Sead Sehovic 6'7'' SG/SF Bosnia & Herzegovina
Semen Shashkov 6'9'' SF Russia

1990
Avramov Bozhidar 6'5'' G Bulgaria
Andrea Milutinovic 6'7'' SG Serbia
Ibrahima Niang Thierno G Senegal
Kostas Papanikolaou 6' 8'' SG/SF Greece
Nikolaos Pappas 6'5'' PG Greece

1991
Tomas Satoransky 6'7'' SG Czech Republic
Tornike Shengelia 6'8'' SF Georgia


No Shows
Nemanja Bjelica
Omri Casspi
Michele Diouf
Baris Hersek
Brandon Jennings
Marko Keselj
Milan Macvan
Tibor Pliess
Miroslav Raduljica
Jan Vessely

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knicks

d'antoni can bring the best out of players and i trust walsh's judgement so i look forward to see who they see as someone who could fit on the team if there were any

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Could care less!

Why even have an article on this camp? There's not even any possible 1st round players for this year's draft or in future drafts in this camp. Do we really care about anybody in this camp besides Patty Mills, and according to the article he's not even going to be a 1st rounder. NBADRAFT.NET please update player profiles and write articles that have signifigance towards the NBA Draft, not articles on european prospects that will mean nothing ever!

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What are you talking about, this is about this years NBA draft and it may not talk about any lottery picks, but there are players worth paying attention to, Brandan Jenning not showing up really hurts his stock and now people are looking at Flynn over Jennings for that 2nd pg slot....also a guy I would love the Warriors to trade up for late in the 1st round is Beaubois, with some time he could be a nice player. You have to look at the whole picture, Rashard Lewis, Gilbert Arenas, Boozer are all 2nd rounders, and Tony Parker was in this camp when he was drafted late 1st.

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nevets you're a joke!

Come on, be real! Does this article have anything to do with Brandon Jennings, other than the fact that he skipped the camp? Absolutely not, we know his stocked has dropped since he's not attending, christ, we've known that for a couple of weeks now. This is not an article discussing his stock, it's an article on borderline NBA talent. Why did you mention Lewis, Arenas, or Boozer, did they ever play at this camp? No, yes they were drafted in the second round, but you forgot that this article is about the Reebok Eurocamp. Do you really see Nando de Colo or Rodrique Beaubois ever becoming anything more than just a last man on a NBA roster? Yes, Beaubois has immense athletic ability, but the man still has no game outside his physical talents. There is no elite talent in this year's camp. Do you really have that much interest in borderline NBA Talent?

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High flyer!

Rodrigue Beaubois can fly but he needs to improve his all around basketball skills.

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