Phoenix Suns General Manager Steve Kerr checks in with Suns.com about his travels in Europe. Check back throughout the week for more updates.
The Reebok camp in Treviso is a great way to see the top European talent in an intimate setting over a 3 day period. There are several non Euro players here as well – Patty Mills from St. Mary’s being the most renowned – so the camp does seem to broadening in a global sense. Patrick Beverly and Terence Oglesby are both here – Beverly played at Arkansas and Oglesby at Clemson – so we’re even seeing American college players use the camp as an opportunity to be seen.
The camp also features outstanding coaching, with both American and European coaches running clinics and drills. Some of the names you’d recognize are Bob Hurley, Fran Fraschilla, and Jack Sikma.
There are drills in the morning and 5 on 5 games in the late afternoons and evenings. It’s great to see players play 3 or 4 games in just a few days. You get an all encompassing view of a player’s game and personality that would normally take months of scouting to compile.
We need to make the NBA Combine more like the Reebok camp – 5 on 5 games, real basketball games, real officiating. It’s much better than the 3 on 3 team workouts we’re conducting right now to prepare for the draft. We could learn a thing or two from these guys over here!