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2015 adidas Eurocamp: Day 1 Recap

Sat, 06/06/2015 - 2:26pm

Dragan BenderDragan BenderThe annual European NBA draft camp, known as the Eurocamp is underway in Treviso, Italy. This marks the 13th time it has taken place here and the 10th time that I have covered it.

Similar to the NBA combine, every year poses a challenge for the organizers to get the top eligible prospects to attend the event. The top International prospects for this year's draft that might have participated, Kristaps Porzingis and Mario Hezonja, as expected opted not to attend, as well as a number of other established European prospects such as Guillermo Hernangomez, Aleksandar Vezenkov, still playing, Moussa Diagne, and Timothe Luwawu among others.

The top names among the draft eligible guys that are here are France's Alpha Kaba and Brazil's George de Paula. Serbia's Dragan Bender (1997) is the top non draft eligible kid participating.

Day One is often a rough one for prospects as it usually takes some time for them to get their nerves under control and block out the 60 plus pairs of NBA scout and GM eyes dissecting their every move.

It's important to stress that this is an analysis of their play after just one day out of three. So these are our "first impressions" of a few of the top guys.

Our general impression was that no one really stood out and improved their stock a great deal. And writing about the kids after just one day is a bit of a exercise in futility. But we are here, we saw them, and people want our opinion on what we saw, NOW. So here goes...

Diego Flaccadori 6-4 SG/PG Italy 1996: The young (1996) Italian combo guard was the biggest surprise of Day One of Eurocamp. His long wingspan and big hands make Flaccadori a very intriguing combo guard and in the morning match up he took over the game in the second half. At 6’4’’ with a very skinny “Rudy Fernandez” like body, has very good ball handling and really knows how to get by people and to the rim like a true slasher. He lacks the elite athleticism to finish above the rim, but nevertheless he knows how to avoid rim protectors. He's very confortable in creating his own shot and playing P&R, his 3 pt shot looks improved from a year ago and more fluid. He had a couple of nice and ones coming off of ISO and overall he gave the impression that every time he touched the ball something good was going to happen.

Nikola Jankovic 6-9 PF Serbia 1995: The big Serbian kid wasn’t particularly spectacular, but ended up being as solid as anyone, finishing the lay ups he got, and adding a number of rebounds to his 16 points. He has a big body and knows how to use it to protect himself from getting his shot blocked. He is not very athletic, but can make some shots outside and can finish with both hands around the basket. Classic, solid and does all the dirty work. He's a typical European big, that put in the right system with the proper development could end up a very solid player. Is he NBA level? That may be optimistic, but for today he was one of the true standouts and worthy of some ink.

Dragan Bender 7-0 PF Croatia: The finesse Croatian 7-footer has always been one of our favorites to watch in his age group and he is improving year by year. Despite being a 1997 and four years younger than many, he is easily one of the best and most talented prospects here in Treviso. Today, like last year during the first day, he struggled a little bit in finding his role on the floor. Bender is a player that needs a little more discipline and structure around him to really give his best. After a rough first game, he reacted in the evening game against Greece with a strong second half, showing flashes, at one point taking the ball off the dribble to the rim. Very impresive considering his near 7-foot height. Despite not hitting many shots, his mechanics on his 3pt shots look a lot more fluid. For sure one of the main guys to monitor in the next two days.

Alpha Kaba 6-10 230 PF France 1996: Kaba came in as one of the top prospects and while he remains intriguing, he has struggled. He seems to be convinced that he's going to be a 3 as his entire practice routine and game is centered around facing the basket and shooting mid range and 3 pointers. He's got an excellent body, especially for a French player, but his legs are extremely stiff and he's unquestionable a 4. His post game is nearly non-existent, though he did convert a few shots over defenders on the block. His feel for the game remains low. His demeanor and intensity level also needs a great deal of improvement as he just has no sense of urgency and would get embarrassed by similar level athletes in the USA (college for instance). He's considered likely to pull out of the draft and should focus on playing inside and adding post skills, and a lot more intensity while on the floor.

George de PaulaGeorge de PaulaGeorge de Paula 6-6 PG/SG Brazil 1996: The "internet sensation" with tremendous length and hand measurements. It's uncertain if any other prospect has ever participated in the NBA Combine and then at Eurocamp afterwards, but then again credit him for showing up here and gaining more exposure. He was one of the most highly anticipated players to show. On the bright side, de Paula is looking like one of the top five overall prospects among the main participants here. On the not so bright side, we still are not sure he's an eventual NBA player.

Today the Brazilian with a freakish wingspan struggled mightily. Playing against inferior European athletes, he managed just 2 and 4 points in two games while running the show for his team. As attractive as he is defensively, thanks to his length, lateral quickness and eagerness to be a pest on D, he has major deficiencies offensively. Unless his offensive game makes a drastic transformation, it is difficult to imagine him making it in an NBA offense. He can’t shoot, he doesn’t really have the explosiveness to get by athletic defenders and even when he does he doesn't have much of an idea of what to do next. Credit him for his defensive intensity and focus, but it's questionable whether he can acquire the speed and feel for the game necessary to allow him to utilize his tremendous length on O. He is enjoyable to watch as he's extremely unique. It will be interesting to see how he fares through the rest of the camp, and whether the hype surrounding him will actually equate to being a draft pick.

2015 adidas Eurocamp Roster

Name Year Pos. Height Nat. Team

Awudu Abass

1993

PF

196 cm - 6'5"

ITA

Cantu'

Wael Arakji

1994

PG

193 cm - 6'4''

LEB

Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut

Edin Atic

1997

G

198 cm - 6'6"

BHI

Spars Sarajevo

Dragan Bender

1997

PF

210 cm - 6'11"

CRO

Maccabi Tel Aviv

Janis Berzins

1993

SF

201 cm - 6'7"

LAT

Vef Riga

Gilvydas Biruta

1991

F

203 cm - 6'8"

LTU

Free Agent

Laurynas Birutis

1997

C

210 cm - 6'11"

LTU

Zalgiris Kaunas

David Brembly

1993

SG/SF

194 cm - 6'4"

GER

Bayreuth

Jonaas Caven

1993

F

210 cm - 6'11"

FIN

Reno Bighorns

Alexandre Chassang

1994

PF

203 cm - 6'8''

FRA

Asvel Villeurbanne

George de Paula

1996

PG/SG

198 cm - 6'6"

BRA

Pinheiros

Lucas Dias Silva

1995

SF/PF

206 cm - 6'9''

BRA

Pinheiros

Alberto Diaz

1994

PG

190 cm - 6'3"

SPA

Fuenlabrada

Issa Dieng

1996

PF

207 cm - 6'9"

SEN

Club Thies Rail

Daniel Diez

1993

SF

203 cm - 6'8"

SPA

Real Madrid

Jaime Fernandez

1993

PG

186 cm - 6'1"

SPA

Estudiantes Madrid

Diego Flaccadori

1996

PG

194 cm - 6'4"

ITA

Basket Trento

Isaac Fotu

1993

F

203cm - 6'8"

NWZ

La Bruxia D'Or

Kevin Harley

1994

SG

196 cm - 6'5"

FRA

Poitiers

Aleksa Ilic

1996

SF

201 cm - 6'7''

MON

Buducnost

Nikola Jankovic

1994

PF

207 cm - 6'9''

SER

Verviers-Pep

Ognjen Jaramaz

1995

PG

193 cm - 6'4"

SRB

Mega Leks

Alpha Kaba

1996

PF/C

205 cm - 6'9"

FRA

Pau Orthez

Oleksandr Kobets

1996

SG

194 cm - 6'5"

UKR

Cherkaski

Vladislav Korneyuk

1994

C

210 cm - 6'11"

UKR

Dnipro

Denis Krestinin

1994

PF

200 cm - 6'7"

LTU

Jelgava

Nemanja Krstic

1993

SF

205 cm - 6'9"

SRB

Mega Leks

Mikhail Kulagin

1994

PG

188 cm - 6'2"

RUS

Rossiya Novog.

Yannis Morin

1993

PF/C

208 cm - 6'10"

FRA

Cholet

Aleksej Nikolic

1995

PG

191 cm - 6'3"

SLO

Spars Sarajevo

Zoran Nikolic

1996

C

211 cm - 6'11''

MON

Joventud Badalona

Jovan Novak

1994

PG

190 cm - 6'3"

SRB

Vojvodina Srbijagas

Mateusz Ponitka

1993

SG/SF

197 cm - 6'6"

POL

Oostende

Viktor Pulpan

1996

PG

190 cm - 6'3"

CZE

BK Pardubice

Nikola Radicevic INJ

1994

G

197 cm - 6'6"

SRB

Sevilla

Maksim Salash

1996

PF/C

206 cm - 6'9"

BLR

Penas Huesca

Itay Segev

1995

SF

204 cm - 6'9"

ISR

Galil Gilboa

Benjamin Sene

1994

PG

186 cm - 6'1''

FRA

SLUC Nancy

Rolands Smits

1995

PF/C

207 cm - 6'10"

LAT

Fuenlabrada

Alex Suarez

1993

C

205 cm - 6'9"

SPA

Joventud Badalona

Dejan Todorovic

1994

PF/C

196 cm - 6'5''

BOS

Bilbao

Metin Turen

1994

PF

206 cm - 6'9"

TUK

Darussafaka

Adin Vrabac

1994

SF

204 cm - 6'8"

BHI

TB Trier

Omer Yurtseven

1998

SG

203 cm - 6'8"

TUR

Fenerbahce Ulker

Sergiy Zagreba

1994

C

214 cm - 7'0"

UKR

Dnipro

Paul Zipser

1994

SG/SF

201 cm - 6'7"

GER

Bayern Munich

Under-20 French National Team

Name DOB Pos. CM Club
Axel Bouteille 14/04/1995 3 199 ELAN CHALON
Lucas Dussoulier 27/07/1996 2 203 EB PAU LACQ ORTHEZ
Paul Lou Duwiqeut 12/07/1995 2 193 BCM GRAVELINES DUNKERQUE
Charles Galliou 26/12/1995 3 203 ASVEL BASKET
Luidgy Laporal 30/04/1995 5 202 STRASBOURG I.G
William Mensah 02/08/1995 1 172 JSF NANTERRE
Alexandre Moisy 21/11/1995 1 175 EB PAU LACQ ORTHEZ
Sidy Ndir 23/06/1995 1 189 NEW MEXICO STATES (NCAA)
Warren Racine 10/04/1995 1 189 JSF NANTERRE
Arthur Rozenfeld 08/02/1995 1 180 ASVEL BASKET
Ibrahima Sidibe 26/09/1995 1 180 ORLEANS LOIRET BASKET
Guerschon Yabusele 17/12/1995 5 200 ROANNE CHORALE

2015 under-18 adidas USA Select

Name Pos. Hometown High School

Edrice Adebayo

PF/C

Pinetown, NC

Northside (NC)

Rawle Alkins

SG

Brooklyn, NY

Christ the King (NY)

Braxton Blackwell

SF

Nashville, TN

Christ Presbyterian Academy (TN)

Deron Davis

PF/C

Aurora, CO

Overland (CO)

Mustapha Heron

SF

West Haven, CT

Sacred Heart (CT)

Dewan Huell

PF/C

Miami, FL

Miami Norland (FL)

Frank Jackson

PG/SG

Alpine, UT

Lone Peak (UT)

Mario Kegler

SF/PF

Jackson, MS

Arlington Country Day (FL)

Josh Langford

SG

Huntsville, AL

Madison Academy (AL)

TJ Leaf

PF

San Diego, CA

Foothills Christian (CA)

Kobi Simmons

PG

Alpharetta, GA

St. Francis (GA)

2015 adidas EUROCAMP Next Generation

Name DOB Nat.

Ahmet Can Duran

1999

Turkey

Fotis Kapris

1999

Greece

Daniil Kasatkin

1999

Russia

Gabriel Maric

1999

Croatia

Acoydan Mcharty

1999

Spain

Anrijs Miska

2000

Latvia

Dzanan Musa

1999

Bosnia

Marko Pecarski

2000

Serbia

Michele Serpilli

1999

Italy

Petar Raickovic

1999

Montenegro

Louis Rucklin

1999

France

Grantas Vasiliauskas

1999

Lithuania

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*Croatia's Dragan Bender not

*Croatia's Dragan Bender not Serbia's

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