Eurocamp A Draft Gold Mine This Year

TREVISO, Italy – The three-day adidas Eurocamp, the largest annual overseas gathering of NBA executives and scouts preparing for the Draft, begins Saturday with added importance in a year when it is possible that five of the top 10 picks will have come from or played this season on the continent.

Unlike the Chicago pre-Draft combine of nearly 60 players mostly from the U.S. college ranks, this evaluation includes top European prospects who won’t be eligible for the Draft until 2012. That’s a bonus for all 30 front offices that will be represented at the La Ghirada Sports Complex about 20 miles north of Venice. Similar to the Windy City camp in May, some will not participate.

Top-five possibility Jan Vesely of the Czech Republic is expected to attend but skip the workouts rather than risk a poor showing that could hurt his Draft standing. Vesely will instead deign to participate in a one-time invitation-only workout June 19 in New York. Others, like Bismack Biyombo of the Republic of Congo, is scheduled to do an individual showcase for NBA officials here rather than be in the group activity.

Among the 30 scheduled attendees, at least, three are projected to go in the lottery and possibly the top 10: Vesely, Biyombo, and Donatas Motiejunas. Another high pick, Jonas Valanciunas, is not listed among the participants, and a fifth possibility for the top 10, Enes Kanter from Turkey, is working out for teams in the United States and Toronto after attending, but not playing, at Kentucky last season.

Two others expected to be here, Davis Bertrans and Lucas Nogueira, are potential first-round picks in the June 23 Draft.

Seventy-five NBA players and 48 first- or second-round selections have participated in Eurocamp, including Andrea Bargnani, Nicolas Batum and Danilo Gallinari.

19 Comments

  1. Gabriel says:

    You should watch this video, this guy is in the Eurocamp too, he comes from DKV Joventut of Badalona, enjoy it!

  2. NBAfan says:

    Enes Kanter from Turkey is complete garbage. Stop being disrespectful by comparing his style to pau,turkoglu ,okur, dirk, or dwight. He may be drafted but he’ll be 12th man in the NBA at most before getting cut.

  3. juanes says:

    Indeed VALANCIUNAS is best europien basketball this year.

  4. TheSituation23 says:

    Follow, Adam Hanga!

  5. juscious says:

    valanciunas has so much potencial. also he is excellent offensive rebounder and has very soft touch, shoots free throws over 90%! as a center thats just great. Also you cant see it, but what iv seen from his workouts he has kinda nice med-range jumpshot too.

  6. Ömer says:

    ı m from turkey , Enes Kanter can be number one in future. he is a perfect player. perfect PF C PF . I think he sometimes is look like paul gasol , hidayet turkoglu , mehmet okur , dirk nowitski, and maybe sometime can be a D howard…..

    Not important 1 , 2, 3, 4, 5 . but you will see a perfect player in nba a long time.

  7. realtalk says:

    Jonas Valanciunas is gonna be a all-star maybe superstar. Best euro in the draft , he already has a good skill set but he has as much potential as anyone

  8. djole says:

    2010

  9. Kevin says:

    Heard Bertans is great shooter and a pretty good finisher at the rim so i think he would be valuable to any team

  10. okan says:

    Enes Kanter is best this year.

  11. Goodie says:

    Hope that Bertans will get drafted in first 5. He’ll be needed for Latvia’s National team too.

  12. djole says:

    You have to understand that these are not highlights,he is doing this on every single game
    my favorite

    @ 1:45

  13. Prez says:

    Jan is great player but he is maybe to skinny for nba and his shot is miserable,he is fast and athletic solid defense player.

  14. Byimbo doesn’t play for Baloncesto Fuenlabrada anymore. They released him after he abandoned them inseason, without permission to show up in the Nike Hoop Summit. Also, they are not alive in the ACB Playoffs anymore.

  15. luis says:

    y ricky rubio?