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Podcast with adidas Eurocamp Director and NBA Scout Pete Philo
by: Jonathan Givony - President
April 22, 2010
Jonathan Givony conducts an in-depth conversation with adidas Treviso EuroCamp Director and Minnesota Timberwolves International scout Pete Philo, discussing this year's camp and international basketball in general.


adidas EuroCamp Official Website


Listen to the Podcast here.

Topics include:

-The origins of the Treviso EuroCamp

-The emphasis the camp puts on skill-work, fundamentals and team-oriented basketball.

-The success enjoyed by Reebok EuroCamp alumni in this year's NBA, such as Goran Dragic, Jonas Jerebko, Serge Ibaka, Nicolas Batum, Danilo Gallinari, Andrea Bargnani.

-The learning curve of international basketball players in the NBA.

-Why and how seeing NBA prospects such as Donatas Motiejunas and Jan Vesely at the Reebok EuroCamp at a very early age was extremely helpful when evaluating them today.

-The level of today's European basketball. "Barcelona can play in our League [the NBA]."

-The value of drafting and stashing young international players, such as Philo's Minnesota team did with Nikola Pekovic.

-The value of drafting international players such as Marc Gasol, Jonas Jerebko, Goran Dragic, Pekovic and others in the 2nd round in general.

-The complexity of navigating contract situations and negotiating buyouts with European teams. "Information is crucial, trust is crucial"

-The development of the adidas Eurocamp in Treviso as a gathering point for the European basketball community as well as NBA teams. "We invite the General Managers, the coaches. We open the door to media, agents. Its a cozy environment, a beautiful town and a great scouting event."

-The effect that the NCAA's new early-entry deadline might have on NBA teams and International draft prospects attending the camp.

-Why the EuroCamp has become a place for a variety of different types of NBA draft prospects to show themselves in the absence of the NBA pre-draft camp, such as Patrick Mills, Daniel Hackett, David Huertas, Patrick Beverley and others. Will this year's event be the same way?

-How well is this year's list of EuroCamp attendees coming together so far? "We have several commitments already that are very very interesting. We get deeper and deeper each year."

-Will this year's draft class have a mostly NCAA-oriented theme to it, pushing the number of international players down this year? "If you've done your work, the players are there. Jonas Jerebko, Marc Gasol, Serge Ibaka weren't talked about much. There's value each year, you just need to go out and find them."
 


Feedback for this article may be sent to jonathan@draftexpress.com .

 

Goran Dragic
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 200 lbs.
Birthday: 05/06/1986
27 Years Old
Teams:
High School:
Previous Team: Olimpija Ljubljana , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #15 in 2008 Draft
by the Spurs
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG/SG
Quick Stats:
11.5 Pts, 2.0 Rebs, 4.2 Asts


Jonas Jerebko
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 9"
Weight: 210 lbs.
Birthday: 03/02/1987
27 Years Old
Teams:
High School:
Previous Team: Biella , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #9 in 2009 Draft
by the Pistons
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
8.6 Pts, 4.9 Rebs, 0.3 Asts


Serge Ibaka
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 10"
Weight: 220 lbs.
Birthday: 09/18/1989
24 Years Old
Teams:
High School:
Previous Team: Manresa , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #24 in 2008 Draft
by the Supersonics
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
15.1 Pts, 8.8 Rebs, 1.0 Asts


Nicolas Batum
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 8"
Weight: 214 lbs.
Birthday: 12/14/1988
25 Years Old
Teams:
High School:
Previous Team: Le Mans , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #25 in 2008 Draft
by the Rockets
Positions:
Current: SF,
NBA: SG/SF,
Possible: SF
Quick Stats:
13.0 Pts, 7.5 Rebs, 5.1 Asts


Danilo Gallinari
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 9"
Weight: 209 lbs.
Birthday: 08/08/1988
25 Years Old
Teams:
High School:
Previous Team: Milano , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #6 in 2008 Draft
by the Knicks
Positions:
Current: SF,
NBA: SF,
Possible: SF/PF
Quick Stats:
Pts, Rebs, Asts


Andrea Bargnani
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 7' 1"
Weight: 249 lbs.
Birthday: 10/27/1985
28 Years Old
Teams:
High School:
Previous Team: Treviso , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #1 in 2006 Draft
by the Raptors
Positions:
Current: PF/C,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
13.3 Pts, 5.3 Rebs, 1.1 Asts


Donatas Motiejunas
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 7' 0"
Weight: 215 lbs.
Birthday: 09/20/1990
23 Years Old
Teams:
High School:
Previous Team: Treviso , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #20 in 2011 Draft
by the Timberwolves
Positions:
Current: PF/C,
NBA: PF/C,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
5.5 Pts, 3.6 Rebs, 0.5 Asts


Jan Vesely
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 11"
Weight: 240 lbs.
Birthday: 04/24/1990
23 Years Old
Teams:
High School:
Previous Team: Partizan , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #6 in 2011 Draft
by the Wizards
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
2.7 Pts, 6.1 Rebs, 0.1 Asts


Nikola Pekovic
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 11"
Weight: 243 lbs.
Birthday: 03/01/1986
28 Years Old
Teams:
High School:
Previous Team: Panathinaikos , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #1 in 2008 Draft
by the Timberwolves
Positions:
Current: C,
NBA: C,
Possible: PF/C
Quick Stats:
17.5 Pts, 8.7 Rebs, 0.9 Asts


Marc Gasol
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 7' 1"
Weight: 265 lbs.
Birthday: 01/29/1985
29 Years Old
Teams:
High School:
Previous Team: Girona , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #18 in 2007 Draft
by the Lakers
Positions:
Current: C,
NBA: C,
Possible: C
Quick Stats:
14.6 Pts, 7.2 Rebs, 3.7 Asts


Patrick Mills
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 175 lbs.
Birthday: 08/11/1988
25 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Australian Institute of Sport
Previous Team: Saint Mary's , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #25 in 2009 Draft
by the Trailblazers
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
10.2 Pts, 2.1 Rebs, 1.8 Asts


Daniel Hackett
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 205 lbs.
Birthday: 12/19/1987
26 Years Old
Teams:
High School: St. John Bosco
Previous Team: Siena , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PG/SG,
NBA: PG/SG,
Possible: PG/SG
Quick Stats:
14.3 Pts, 5.2 Rebs, 5.6 Asts


David Huertas
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 201 lbs.
Birthday: 06/02/1987
26 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Arlington Country Day
Previous Team: Mississippi , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: SG,
NBA: SG,
Possible: SG
Quick Stats:
16.5 Pts, 2.8 Rebs, 1.2 Asts


Patrick Beverley
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 172 lbs.
Birthday: 07/12/1988
25 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Marshall
Previous Team: St Petersburg , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #12 in 2009 Draft
by the Lakers
Positions:
Current: PG/SG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
10.2 Pts, 3.5 Rebs, 2.7 Asts


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