All photos courtesy of FIBA Europe (www.fibaeurope.com).
The Basketball Without Borders Camp (Europe) was held in La Ghirada sports complex in Treviso, Italy from July 24th-27th. This is the same place where the Reebok Eurocamp and Big Man Camp were held.
50 of the best European prospects born in the years 1986, 1987 and 1988 from 26 different countries were in attendance here. Because of the many Fiba tournaments held this summer for the various national teams, some of the best talent available from each age group was missing. Several promising NBA prospects such as Nemanja Aleksandrov, Johan Petro, Roman Gomenyuk and more were missing.
In the mornings, all the players were divided into six groups and put through drills run by various NBA players-Jiri Welsch, Samuel Dalembert, Stanislav Medvedenko and Gheorghe Muresan and coaches such as P.J. Carlesimo, Dick Harter and Paul Westhead. In the afternoons, four teams were created and named after NBA teams (Celtics, Lakers, Sixers, and Spurs) to play 40 minute games.
As previously stated, the level of the competition was good but not excellent, in fact there weren't many players who stood out as sure-fire NBA material.
The following four players left the best impression:
Martynas Pocius (6-4, 177 pounds, 1986)
The best player in the camp. Looks bigger than the 177 pounds he's listed at. Possesses NBA caliber athelticism and made several fantastic plays to prove that. He's definitely a scorer and can create his own shot if needed. He can get to the basket and finish strong, even though the intimidation he faced wasn't very tough here. He is a very good shooter, even with a hand in his face. Smart enough to find the open man under the basket in pick and roll situations. His ballhandling and ability to drive and dish need improvement. The NBA isn't really lacking undersized scorers, so he's not going to be a NBA prospect anytime soon without another inch or two, but he could become very interesting down the road for the 2007 or 2008 draft, once he has matured and after gaining valuable experience at the top levels of Europe. He averaged 15 points per game for the disappointing Lithuanian national team in the U18 European Championship in Zaragoza.
Marco Belinelli (6-5, 192 pounds, 1986)
Aleksandar Ugrinoski (6-4, 168 pounds, 1988)
Martynas Andriuskevicius (7-3, 230 pounds, 1986)