- National Teams
Ovie Soko has been named as the sole British representative at the 2014 edition of adidas EUROCAMP, the most prestigious international pre-NBA Draft camp taking place in Treviso, Italy June 7-9, 2014.
Great Britain’s Soko has just finished his college career at Duquesne (he spent his first two years at University of Alabama at Birmingham before transferring), where in his Senior year he averaged 18.4ppg, 8rpg, and 1.7apg, leading the Atlantic Ten in scoring and being fifth in rebounding while being named to the A10 All Third Team.
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.