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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iBall FOCUS is a training and exposure camp for players seeking opportunities for the advancement of their professional basketball careers.   NBA-level Continue reading

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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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Jean-Guillaume Returns to Europe, Joins Seguros Soliss Alcázar Basket (Spain)


Eric G iBall United - Focus CampEric Jean-Guillaume (6-0 / 183cm, PG SG, Stamford, CT) returns to Spain by inking deal with Seguros Soliss Alcázar Basket.  Led by Coach David Valera, Alcázar is looking for Jean-Guillaume to make an instant impact for the better as the team is strluggling to log wins this year in the Spanish EBA League.

A super-quick combo guard with elite athleticism, keen passing, and a great ability to score the basketball, Jean-Guillaume spent last season with Quintatar (Spain).  Before joining the team, Jean-Guilaume impressed scouts at iBall FOCUS, a premier basketball training and exposure camp produced by iBall United.

iBall United is committed to build and sustain professional careers of basketball players around the world. For more information on how iBall can do the same for you, visit our website at http://iballunited.net

 

 

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Rahman Signs with Societa Il Milazzo (Italy)


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Hamidu Rahman (6-11 C, Somerset, NJ) signs with Societa Il Milazzo of the Italian Professional league.  Rahman will bring a high level of experience and a strong inside presence to the team.

Born in New Jersey,  he played college at New Mexico State and started his career in Austria with Magnofit Gussinger Knights.  The next season he inked with Inter Bratislava in Slovakia.  Last year, after a brief period in Kosovo, the new signee of Milazzo played under the Lake Michigan Admirals in the Premier Basketball League (PBL). Continue reading

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Demby Fortifies Interior for International Racers (IBA)


10646961_839234909472714_9008632364218141153_nJoscar Demby (6’8 PF, Bolingbrook, IL) joins the fledging Independent Basketball Association (IBA) by signing with the International Racers. The upstart Racers will get a much needed jolt in the arm as Demby brings his skillset to the Lemont, Illinois based team.

The former Millikin Big Blue Collegiate standout played in the 2014 iBall Pro Combine and was named third team All-Tournament playing with and against some of the top free agents in the United States. Demby was also selected for the SMAA Overseas tour team last September.

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Estrella Makes Pro Debut with Richmond Elite (ABA)


Willi Estrella (6’7 PF, Santiago, Dominican Republic) finally made his pro basketball debut in the ABA when he signed with the Richmond Elite. The Elite’s drive to return to the ABA playoffs is set to air on ESPN3.

Estrella was named Second Team All-Tournament in the 2014 iBall Pro Combine by ranking 4th in offensive rebounds and 4th in overall rebounds playing against some of the top free agents in the United States. Willi also played two years of college basketball with the Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he won 2 PSAC Championships and earned Elite 8 and Finalist Berths in the 2010 & 2011 NCAA Tournaments.   Continue reading

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Winbush Lands Deal with St. John M.R. (Canada)


10689627_839234869472718_7415976103588189027_nAnthony Winbush (6-7  205lb, SG SF, Darin Gravallese / Vector Sports) has signed with the Saint John Mill Rats of the National Basketball League of Canada.

The highly-skilled Winbush joins the likes of Acquille Carr, who entered the NBA Draft out of high school in 2014 and later starred for the Delaware 87ers of the NBDL.

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