The Value of Bosman or Conotou Status for Earning Pro Basketball Contracts


stack-passports-29585040There are some special circumstances that will allow players to generate more interest, or boost their value for the consideration of pro basketball contracts, and in this case, at the international level.

Two in particular are when players qualify for Continue reading

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2015 Mens iBall FOCUS (NJ) Official Scouting Report Released


IBALL FOCUS LOGOiBall United proudly presents the 2015 Men’s iBall FOCUS Scouting Report.   The 2015 iBall FOCUS – NJ was held in New Brunswick, NJ on February 28, 2015.   Some of the nation’s top free agent basketball players gathered to put their skills to the test to impress scouts for the purpose of earning of professional basketball contracts.  The report features a breakdown of player rankings and includes all game video and rosters for further consideration on the

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2015 iBall FOCUS NJ All-Star Video Released


iBall United proudly presents the 2015 iBall FOCUS “ALL-STAR SELECTION SHOWCASE” Official Video.

After a thorough evaluation of various drills and a number of games, the iBall Scout team identified eighteen of the camp’s top performers to compete in the All-Star Selection Showcase.

Drills were conducted in collaboration with All-State Basketball and under the leadership of co-founders John Celestand and Mars Mellish.  Scouting was directed by multi-year overseas pro and Big 5 Hall of Famer, Crista Ricketts.  The All-Star Showcase Video was produced by Big Star Raw Sports.   Continue reading

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Osborne claims MVP of 2015 iBall FOCUS – New Jersey


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Brantley Osborne (6-4, 185, G, Shepherdstown, WV) has been named the Most Valuable Player of the 2015 iBall FOCUS – New Jersey.   On Saturday, February 28th, in New Brunswick, NJ, Osborne displayed a full arsenal of professional level offensive and defensive basketball skills.

One scout commented saying that Brantley ‘has the it factor.’  After a thorough deliberation, it has been determined that Osborne’s dominance in all aspects of drills, game play, all-star competition, and off-the-court demeanor, pushed him above other talented players to claim the FOCUS’ top spot.

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Guidelines for Responding with Basketball Resumes, Highlight Films, and Scouting Videos


PRO FILE REVIEW ICONPlayers and agents are often asked to respond to requests for open positions in the international basketball market.

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FOCUS is One Week Away! Everything you need to know about the next iBall Pro Basketball Exposure Camp …


marketing - flyer - iBall FOCUS 20150113The 2015 iBall FOCUS (New Jersey) is just a week away! FOCUS is the premier opportunity for pro basketball prospects to be evaluated, marketed, and signed for early signing periods for South American and Australian leagues and late signings in Europe and US Semi-Pro seasons.  All details are below:

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Saturday, February 28 from noon – 5pm (player arrival 11am) at New Brunswick Middle School 1125 Livingston Avenue New Brunswick, NJ 08901

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Clark Scores 45, Grabs 15 Rebounds for Cuauhtémoc (Mexico)


Bryce Clark iBall Pro CombineBryce Clark (6-7, F, Fort Lauderdale, FL, Juan Lopez) set career highs in both points and rebounds, leading the way for Manzaneros de Cuauhtémoc in the Mexico Chihuahua Men’s Professional League.

Clark scored 45 points on and grabbed 15 rebounds as Cuauhtémoc and head coach Pacheco Gustovo pulled out a hard-fought win over the Mineros by the score of 118-111.

Clark was recently signed and waived after a short stint with Cerveceros de Meoqui (Mexico).  Clark’s agent, Juan Lopez, moved quickly to negotiate a deal with Efren Penaflores and management at Manzaneros to reunite Clark with his fans and followers in Mexico. Continue reading

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Trautman Leading League in Scoring, Undefeated with BC Zwickau (Germany)


Anthony Trautman - iBall Pro CombineAnthony Trautman (6-1, SG, Lebanon, PA) is leading in a huge way for BC Zwickau, a team which competes in the professional ranks of Germany – 2 Regionalliga.  Head Coach Stephan Wolf ‘s Zwickau is currently undefeated (12-0).

Trautman is leading the way.  Trautman is Immediately out of the gate, Trautman earned player of the Month Honors (October 2014).  His 24 points per game leads the league and he also leads the Zwickau in 6 statistical categories; Points Per Game (24),  Total Points (336), Field Goals Per Game (5.79), Field Goals Made (81), Three Point Field Goals Per Game (3.21), and Three Point Field Goals Made (45). He ranks 2nd in both Free Throws made and %. Continue reading

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Donahue leading the way for Hvidovre (Denmark)


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Kevin Donahue (6-1 / 185 cm, PG, Pawcatuck, CT) is making an impact for Hvidovre Basket Club in the Denmark professional league.

Donahue scored 1,714 points at Stonington High and was an 1,000-point scorer at Assumption College.

Participating in the 2014 iBall Pro Combine, Donahue ranked 2nd overall in assists (3.3 per game) and led his team to the combine semifinals.  He also ranked 4th overall in both shuttle (3.5 secs) and multidirectional movement 6.9 secs), according to stats by MAXOUT.   He now leads Hvidovre Basket Club, which is located in a suburb of Copenhagen, in a host of statistical categories. Continue reading

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Villanova Backcourt Reunites to Help Aspiring Athletes Turn Pro


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Long before the Jay Wright era, another Villanova backcourt dazzled the Wildcat faithful with silky smooth moves, 3-point sharpshooting, and high-flying dunks.  Before Randy Foye and Kyle Lowry, Darrun Hilliard and Ryan Arcidiacono, there was John Celestand and Howard Brown.

The talented backcourt led Villanova to 3 NCAA tournament appearances and a 1997 Big East Conference Regular Season Championship.  Both were 1,000-point scorers and finished their careers among Villanova History Top-50 in scoring and Top-25 in steals and assists.

Brown and Celestand celebrate game winning shot in Madison Square Garden

Brown and Celestand celebrate game winning shot in Madison Square Garden

After donning the Wildcat Uniform, Brown and Celestand spent a combined 20 years playing professional basketball.  Celestand was selected 30th in the 1999 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers, winning a 1999–2000 NBA Championship and spent several years in Europe playing professionally in Italy, France and Germany.  Brown played professionally in Israel, Portugal, Venezuela, and in Spain where he won two championships, two scoring titles, and retired in 2012 as a top 10 Scorer in Spanish LEB League History.

On Saturday, February 28, the dynamic duo will provide an extraordinary opportunity for talented athletes whose dreams of breaking through the world of professional basketball have yet to manifest.  The 2015 iBall FOCUS camp will take place at New Brunswick Middle School in New Brunswick, NJ.

FOCUS is a training and exposure camp for players seeking opportunities for the advancement of their professional basketball careers.   NBA-level drills and competitive games put their talents to the test.   The event culminates with an All-Star selection showcase featuring the best of all players participating at the camp.  Elite players receive offers and recommendations to professional teams and agencies, including iBall United, a sports agency Brown founded in 2012.

Camp activities will take place from noon until 5pm.  Player check-in is at 11am.

“I am very excited to bring this opportunity to a basketball community that holds a special place in my heart,”  said Celestand on his return from a recent motivational speaking engagement.  Since retirement, Celestand has founded, All-State Basketball where he trains aspiring basketball players in Central New Jersey and has worked with many non-profit organizations including Rutgers Future Scholars program mentoring future first generation college students in the New Brunswick and Piscataway, NJ areas.

Brown also has a passion for giving back.  In 2000, he founded Live the Dream Foundation to provide scholarships to college-bound student-athletes in his hometown of Pottstown, PA.  He also serves on other non-profits and has worked for Social Solutions Global, Inc, the leading software provider for Human Service organizations across the globe.   He founded iBall to give back to the sport that has literally opened a ‘world of opportunities’ that he hopes to share with others.

“iBall is built for the player, by the player.” said Brown. “Our goal is to help teams and other agencies identify our players as the best options available for open positions both here in the U.S. and abroad.”

Since its inception in 2012, iBall has helped guide thousands of players in the advancement of their professional careers.

Bolstering the scouting team at iBall FOCUS is another experienced pro baller.   Crista Ricketts, a recent inductee to Lasalle University and Philadelphia Big 5 Hall of Fames, brings over a half a decade of international professional experience in Spain, Austria, and Portugal.  Other FIBA and NBPA licensed agencies and pro team personnel are scheduled to attend the event.  More will view by video stream.

The team of former professionals understand the skills and resiliency that it takes to break through and advance a professional basketball career.

“I know the struggle very well,” said Brown.  “Sitting at home when everyone else is off playing is not an easy thing to overcome.  But I know firsthand that there’s lots of talented players that get overlooked each year.  They just need a chance to show what they can do at the right place and time.  Players are getting signed everyday all over the world.  But you gotta keep fighting, keep learning the business, and believe.”

After tryouts with the New Jersey Nets, Golden State Warriors, Washington Wizards, and a list of US Semi Pro Teams, Brown found himself at home, wondering if his career would ever happen.  He went unsigned for a season and a half before breaking through to find a team in Ferrol, Spain.  He led the league in Scoring and was named an all-league selection, and went on to play for 13 years, mostly in Spain.

iBall FOCUS is open to all players who have exhausted their NCAA Eligibility.  FOCUS is open for attendance by the general public ($10 Adults. $5 Students). Players that register in advance receive a free iBall Profile, a proven tool for assisting with the preparation and distribution of their basketball resume.

The event location is  New Brunswick Middle School , 1125 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901.

For more information, go to www.iballunited.com/focus , email: info@iballunited.com or call 470-238-9876.


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