I am Super excited for this summers Basketball season! I love watching international games, Players playing with passion to do their very best for their homeland. Intense games and high quality basketball featuring some of the very best prospects from all over Europe – what more could an avid basketball fan and talent scout want to do all summer?
The summer season starts for me in May – first stop to Sunny Sweden.
On Wednesday 28th May the Nordic Championships starts. The u16 and u18 National teams of Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Norway,and Sweden will compete for the title and great preparation for the European Championships. Whilst I have already had the pleasure of watching Estonia, Finland and Sweden in the Baltic Sea Cup in Tallinn in January of this year I am very keen to see Iceland play for the first time ever. The small nation have played in the European C division before but this summer they will feature in the u18 European B Division and I look forward to seeing the Hinriksdottir twins who dominated back in Cyprus 2012. Tournament website http://spirare.cups.nu/en/start
Next stop will be to Denmark for the Copenhagen Invitational – International Basketball Tournament 19th – 22th June Over the last few years some of the top European players have demonstrated their prowess ahead of full selection for their u16 National Teams. This year I will have the opportunity to observe the u15 NT of England, Denmark, Germany and Netherlands and top local clubs of Sweden(TBC) . Tournament website http://www.cph-invitational.dk/
From Europe’s best to the world! next stop Prague, Czech Republic for the u17 World Championships. Starting on Saturday June 28th the top teams from Fiba’s regions chase gold. This year I will get to see
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On to the regular championships, first the u18 European Championships in Portugal.
This year the A division games are hosted in Matosinhos. Last years u16 B Division hosts regularly boasted crowds of 3,000 and the atmosphere for games featuring the Portuguese created great memories. I will be in Porto from the 16th July – 23rd July. Onto Romania – This years u18 B Division Championship is co hosted by Timisoara and Oradea. I will head to Oradea first to see games on the 24th and then travel between venues as necessary to check on all the players based on the schedule after pool play up until the finals on 27th July.
With a few day off its then onto Debrecen in Hungary for one of the most exciting tournaments of the summer the U16 European A Division Championships. On 31st July I will get my first look at some of the best talent across Europe and I am really excited to see the crop of 98 born youngsters that featured so prominently from last year. Never one to underestimate the talent that exists in Division B I will be travelling to Tallinn, Estonia to see the final 5 days of competition. Prior to each competitions and during I will be posting my observations, be sure to follow on twitter @bluestareurope for instant updates. If you are a player with ambition to play NCAA Basketball and we have not yet been in contact please message me via facebook or twitter asap If you are a college coach not yet subscribed to the Blue Star Europe service then sign up now at http://www.bluestareurope.com/usacoaches.html