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.