International Players Use Camp in Italy To Pursue Dream: A Spot in NBA Draft

TREVISO, Italy — The three-day adidas Eurocamp begins Friday as part of the return of a strong international presence for the NBA Draft. Six to eight players without NCAA experience may be picked in the first round on June 27.

A year after a single prospect trained entirely outside North America was taken among the top 30 – French shooting guard Evan Fournier to the Nuggets – the new wave comes at a particularly opportune time. The thin class from United States colleges has created openings for the international products. Some teams may prefer developing a player overseas for another year or two over an American with limited potential.

“I get the sense a lot of teams don’t love their picks because they don’t love the draft,” one executive said. “This is the year, as you ask around, that a lot more teams are saying, ‘Yeah, we’d be glad to move our pick.’ Because of that, it seems they’d rather go with a player who can stay in Europe and maybe turn into something eventually over a player they don’t think will ever be much. That’s just short of getting rid of it.”

What this group lacks in the lottery impact of the 2011 class of Jonas Valanciunas, Jan Vesely and Bismack Biyombo – and Enes Kanter, who attended Kentucky without playing for the Wildcats – it makes up for in depth. Dennis Schroeder from Germany, Dario Saric of Croatia and Rudy Gobert from France are headed for the second half of the lottery or the teens in the current projections. From there, Sergey Karasev of Russia, Giannis Adetokunbo from Greece and, probably, Lucas Nogueira of Brazil are in the first round, with the possibility of other bubble picks getting the guaranteed money of the top 30 if NBA front offices continue to be underwhelmed with the American options.

The influence expands if products from outside North America via U.S. colleges are also considered. Alex Len (Maryland/Ukraine) will be a top-10 pick barring a late setback while Steven Adams (Pittsburgh/ New Zealand) has a chance for the lottery and Gorgui Dieng (Louisville/Senegal) will be in the first round.

Gobert and Nogueira are among 46 scheduled prospects who will play in front of dozens of representatives from NBA and international teams at the La Ghirada complex about 20 miles north of Venice, although Gobert said he will participate in only one of the three days. That’s not a problem for scouts and executives who have come from the United States and Toronto – Gobert was at the Chicago pre-draft camp and has a full schedule to visit cities around North America to audition for individual clubs. Second-round possibilities, most notably Nemanja Nedovic of Croatia and Livio Jean Charles are also here.

Traditionally, other top prospects will hold individual workouts for NBA front offices without joining in official activities. Plus, some may have commitments to national teams or a club still in the playoffs.

16 Comments

  1. wooderson says:

    what about something on matty dellavedova? hes the best point guard in college, played in the Olympics and showed what a great controller of a game he is.

  2. Dejan says:

    Nemanja Nedovic is Serbian, I dont think he will be as angry some people thing that he will be for writing he is from Croatia but nevertheless please check the information more closely next time.

  3. RENATO LARANJA says:

    yes hes serbian , trebaju to promjenit sto prije da nam srbin pokvareni ne sramoti drzavu , R.I.P. DRAŽEN PETROVIĆ

  4. Mitke says:

    Nemanja Nedovic is from Serbia!!!!!!

  5. 4Real says:

    Oh boy, Nemanja Nedović is from Serbia. He won’t be happy if he read that you wrote he’s from Croatia

  6. Zeitgeist says:

    Dennis Schroeder is kinda new Rajon Rondo. Hopefully he will be picked by Dallas and can play with the Diggler.
    German players are known for there work ethic and focus.

    • aaaaaa says:

      Supposedly the Celtics made a promise to pick him if he’s available, I really hope they do because like you said he’s like a new Rondo, and who better to learn from than the real Rondo? (Plus we need a backup PG and I like his game)

      • TrueNBAFan says:

        Dennis has already stated he wants to play for the Jazz or Bucks, he has expressed no interest in either the Mavs or Celtics, and the Jazz are the team that promised to draft him, which is why he declined to do the skills tests at the Rookie Combine.

  7. Vlado G says:

    All this Europian players coming in to the NBA have to thank the PIONEERS that put Euro Basketball on the map like Vlade Divac,Toni Kukoc, Zarko Paspalj, Dini Radga, Saurunas Marculjonis(LItvania),Arvidas Sabonis(Litvania0, Sasa Danilovic, Detlef Schremp(Germany) AND SPECIALLY THE ONE AND ONLY THE LATE GREAT MOZART OF THE BASKETBALL DRAZAN PETROVIC, TODAY IS THE 20TH ANIVERSERY OF THE ACCIDENT THAT TUKE HIS LIFE FOR EVER AND ROBED US FROM ONE OF THE GREATEST PLAYERS EVER TO PLAY. R I P .

  8. Kiwi says:

    I’m hoping Steve Adams gets a good draft pick where he can develop to the huge potential he has. Great to see a kiwi on the world stage,

  9. J says:

    Jonas Valanciunas Jan Vesely Bismack Biyombo and Enes Kanter stink

  10. ive got a feeling one of these international players will become rookie of the year

  11. Petar says:

    Nemanja Nedovic is from Serbia. Check your facts man!!!

  12. steppx says:

    Nedovic is a Serb nor croat.