For the past few years, it's been commonplace for higher-profile "name" players to skip the Portsmouth Pre-NBA Draft Invitational. Some players and agents want to give off a certain image of a player and don’t want to risk him playing badly.
But some players, regardless of their stock, just want to play and prove themselves. And one of them did wonders for his future career this past weekend.
Kobe Bryant’s recent comments about AAU basketball and the European hoops development system generated a lot of talk about basketball development. After spending a lot of time in Europe going to games and practices, here are three reasons the European system is good and the advantages it has over the system we have for youth basketball in the US.
In just under a year, we've secured more than 150 teams around the country wearing our DRYV Team Uniforms, including some of the top programs here in our hometown Atlanta, like Top Notch, The Skill Factory, and the Atlanta Hawks Youth Basketball Programs. And now we've just delivered our first international uniforms, to the PuHu Juniors club in Vantaa, Finland!
A crew of former Syracuse hoops stars and role players are droppin’ dimes and swishin’ J’s across Europe. While it may not be the same as balling in a packed Carrier Dome, these guys are getting paid to do what they love on the old continent. They’re hooping in at least five countries, with a few guaranteed head-to-head alumni matchups.
What’s up, ballplayers!
I’m Sam Meyerkopf and I handle all things social media here at POINT 3. So if you’ve had a tweet replied to or an Instagram post you liked (or hated), it was probably my doing. But my basketball life extends far beyond the sweat proof fabric at POINT 3, as I coach, write, and scout basketball, and right now I’m doing that from Europe.
I’ll be writing here and on my site about some of your favorite college stars who are now makin’ it rain on the old continent; looking at the differences in basketball skills training in Europe vs. the U.S.; as well as doing some scouting and trying to find the next Dirk .
Team USA captured the gold after a dominating performance throughout the tournament, including in the final against Serbia. The much-anticipated matchup between USA and Spain never materialized, but the U.S. didn’t leave anything to chance.
Why wasn’t anyone able to match Team USA on the court?