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Prospects impress at first IBL/
bj-League scouting tryout


Photo by Brian Drake

A number of IBL All-Stars and award winners, combined with other pro basketball prospects, converged on The Practice Facility in Tigard, Oregon, on July 13 for the first IBL/bj-League scouting tryout camps this summer. The IBL holds the exclusive rights to host any and all tryout and scouting camps for the bj-League as well as address the media on behalf of Commissioner Kawachi.

With scrimmages coordinated by IBL Coach of the Year Joe Navarro of the Vancouver Volcanoes, stars from the IBL as well as several previously unknown players impressed the bj-League and IBL officials in attendance.

Among the IBL All-Stars in attendance included 6’9” C Frantz Dorsainvill, 6’5” F Terrence Glynn and 6’7” F Tyrone White Jr. from the Salem Sabres, 6’10” C Calvin Hampton and 6’9” F Brian Morris from the Vancouver Volcanoes, and 6’9” F Jared Cunningham from the Portland Chinooks.

One previously unknown prospect participant who drew praise from those observing was 6’3” G Coleton Baker, who played collegiately at the University of Oregon and Northwest Christian University. With his strong play against top IBL talent, Baker is sure to draw consideration for a pro contract overseas or from teams in the IBL in future seasons.

With many import positions still open in Japan’s bj-League, IBL players are getting a first look thanks to the exclusive scouting partnership between the two leagues. Next, the IBL will head down to Los Angeles with the Summer Pro League, and host another bj-League tryout scouting camp July 20, in Huntington Park, California.

Players who attend this exclusive tryout on July 20 will receive exposure in person and on video to top domestic and overseas leagues, teams, scouts and agents. Players will also receive statistics which will be available online and on site, video live and or posted on YouTube/IBLHoops, scouting reports created and circulated through all three leagues on site and post-event, with a chance to sign with all 45+ teams represented including landing immediately on an SPL Free Agent Team to play in the league July 23-26 against top talent.
 


 

IBL standout players head abroad to stay in the game


A number of the IBL’s top players from the 2014 season are inking deals to head overseas and play in some of the world’s top leagues. The IBL works together with various leagues, agencies, and scouting events to set players up for success after the IBL season is finished.

The talent in the IBL this season was incredibly high, and the top two players of the IBL’s In The Game Watch List have already signed deals to play overseas. Andre Murray, who held down the top position nearly all season long on the Watch List, signed a deal with Bambitious Nara of the Basketball Japan League at the end of the season.

Murray earned the 2014 IBL MVP award, the second of his career (2012 IBL MVP). Murray also finished the season as the league leader in points, assists, and steals per game. Murray was a 2014 First Team All-Star and went on the record this season to comment that his increased dedication this past offseason helped him achieve the MVP. Murray averaged 34.6 points, 6.4 rebounds, 8.2 assists, and 3.9 steals in 39.3 minutes.

Murray will join former Vancouver Volcanoes forward Chehales Tapscott, who will also play with Bambitious Nara. The 2013 IBL MVP has been averaging 30.8 points per game for Rockhampton in Australia. There are a few other IBL prospects that are rumored to be heading to Japan as well, Adam Herman, and Gjio Bain have been mentioned as possible bj-League players this upcoming season.

The second player to finish on the IBL’s In the Game Watch List was Germain Jordan, who has also signed a deal to go play overseas. Jordan will leave at the end of July to go to Sweden and play for Umea, who will be playing in the top league of Sweden. “The IBL has always prepared me for other opportunities, it’s a great league and has helped my game out a lot,” Jordan commented.

Since taking the Portland Chinooks to the IBL playoffs, Jordan has been working out at local high school where he coaches, and played in NBA Sixth Man of the Year Jamal Crawford’s, Seattle Pro Am. Looking ahead, Jordan is excited about his upcoming opportunity. “I’m looking forward to it, I know Sweden will be a good experience.”

Another 2014 IBL All-Star that is rumored to be playing in Europe next season is 2014 IBL Defensive Player of the Year Blake Poole, who was voted ProB Center of the Year, First Team and First Team All-Imports by Eurobasket this past season for Hertener in Germany’s ProB league. Poole is thought to be heading back to Europe once again.

The IBL has been hard at work, and will continue to labor in hopes of getting IBL talent in front of scouts, coaches, and agents. The league partnered with CourtSide and Global Basketball in Las Vegas during the NBA Summer League, and the league hosted its first exclusive bj-League tryout scouting camp on July 13 at The Practice Facility in Tigard, Oregon home of the L.A. Clippers floor.
 


 

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