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adidas EUROCAMP Announces 2014 Dates and New Director

5 February 2014
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Twelfth Annual Official NBA Pre-Draft Camp Held June 7-9 in Treviso, Italy

PORTLAND, Ore. (Feb. 5, 2014) — adidas today announced dates for the twelfth annual adidas EUROCAMP that will showcase the best international players in the only NBA sanctioned pre-draft camp outside of the United States. Held in Treviso, Italy, June 7-9 in 2014, the three day camp brings the best international talent together with former and current NBA coaches and players. This year, adidas EUROCAMP added Oklahoma City Thunder senior advisor Maurizio Gherardini as the new camp director. Gherardini was the founder of the EUROCAMP event in 2003. He is a long time NBA executive, previously with the Toronto Raptors as the team’s vice president and assistant general manager before joining the Thunder. Prior to joining the Raptors, Gherardini was the general manager of Italy’s Benetton Treviso, he spent 14 years with Benetton helping them become one of the most elite and respected organizations in the world. Joining Gherardini will be Bill Bayno of the Toronto Raptors who will once again serve as the EUROCAMP coaching director.

“This past year was our most successful EUROCAMP to date,” said Chris Grancio, adidas global head of basketball sports marketing. “From NBA players including Kenneth Faried, Serge Ibaka and Omri Casspi leading clinics with NBA coaches to players to using BAM testing on-site, we continue to offer platforms to advance player development and remain the most prestigious showcase for international player scouting.”

Teams participating this year include the under-18 adidas USA Select, the France under-20 men’s national team from the Chinese Development National Team. The full roster for EUROCAMP 2014 will be announced in May.

EUROCAMP 2013 featured four participants taken in the NBA Draft including Lucas Nogueira of Brazil (No. 16/Atlanta Hawks), Nemanja Nedovic of Serbia (No. 30/Golden State Warriors), Raul Neto of Brazil (No. 47/Utah Jazz) and Janis Timma of Latvia (No. 60/Memphis Grizzlies). 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 Trailblazers). Thirty-one former EUROCAMP participants currently hold NBA contracts and 75 currently play in Euroleague Basketball.

adidas EUROCAMP will be held at La Ghirada Sports Complex in Treviso, Italy.