adidas eurocamp announces 2014 player roster
Pre-NBA Draft Camp for Top International Players to Take Place June 7-9 in Treviso, Italy
PORTLAND, Ore. – adidas today announced the official player roster for adidas EUROCAMP, the most prestigious international pre-NBA Draft camp featuring top basketball players who will showcase their skills during the three-day event in Treviso, Italy June 7-9, 2014.
In its twelfth year, adidas EUROCAMP provides a global stage for the top international prospects to practice, compete and interview with NBA teams and other professional leagues leading up to the NBA Draft. Players will also attend clinics and learn from current and former NBA coaches and players including Ricky Rubio (Minnesota Timberwolves), Nicolas Batum (Portland Trail Blazers), Danilo Gallinari (Denver Nuggets), Luigi Datome (Detroit Pistons) Vlade Divac (NBA legend) and Aleksandar Djordjevic (Serbia National Team head coach).
“I’m excited to be a part of adidas EUROCAMP this year,” said Ricky Rubio of the Minnesota Timberwolves and former Euroleague Champion with FC Barcelona. “It’s an incredible way for young players from all over the world to get discovered and develop their skills.”
More than 40 early entries and NBA Draft-eligible participants, including projected 2014 NBA first round draft pick Vasilije Micic of Serbia will participate in adidas EUROCAMP 2014. Former participants include 70 first and second round draft picks, including NBA standouts Serge Ibaka (Oklahoma City Thunder), Danilo Gallinari (Denver Nuggets) and Nicolas Batum (Portland Trail Blazers). Thirty former EUROCAMP participants currently hold NBA contracts and 75 currently play in Euroleague Basketball.
Oklahoma City Thunder senior advisor and original EUROCAMP founder, Maurizio Gherardini will now serve as camp director. Toronto Raptors assistant coach Bill Bayno returns as coaching director for the third year. In addition, several coaches with NBA experience will join the adidas EUROCAMP coaching staff including Lionel Hollins, Maurice Cheeks and Kaleb Canales.
Teams participating this year include the under-18 adidas USA Select, the France under-20 men’s national team and Carleton University from Canada. For the second time, adidas EUROCAMP Next Generation, an elite program to enhance both on-court and life skills, joins the event and features the top under-16 European players.
adidas EUROCAMP will be held at La Ghirada Sports Complex “SportCity” in Treviso, Italy.
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adidas has been providing innovative products for the world’s best athletes for more than 60 years, from past legends to today’s superstars, such as Derrick Rose, Dwight Howard, Candace Parker, Damian Lillard and John Wall. On April 11, 2006 adidas and the National Basketball Association signed an 11-year global merchandising partnership making the adidas brand the official uniform and apparel provider for the NBA, the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) and the NBA Development League (D-League) beginning with the 2006-07 NBA season.