24.04.2015 – Düsseldorf
British BBL Head-Coach Creon Raftopoulos joins the Coaching Staff for the Scorers 1st Showcase in Düsseldorf which takes place this upcoming June on the 18th and 19th 2016.
Here is a quick Q&A with Creon:
Q: What are you looking for the most at the Scorers 1st Showcase 2016?
A: The Scorers 1st Showcase gives me a great opportunity to see players in the flesh rather than off game film and highlight tapes. Being able to speak to players and coach them gives you a better understanding of the players character on and off the court.
Q: What are the most challenging parts of putting a team together each summer?
A: Our first season as Surrey Scorchers in the BBL has been a tough one. I feel we were short in the experience department and struggled to build chemistry on and off the court. Finding good basketball players with team like personalities is important for next season.
This season it’s key to find a balance of young and experienced players who put team before their own personal goals. Our players also interact and coach in the community at times so players who fan friendly ants important.
Q: What do you look for when selecting players for your roster?
A: The three key positions we look to fill each season are point guard , shooting guard / small forward and power forward / centre. We were not great from behind the three point line so that is an area we want to improve on.
Q: What can players expect from you at the Scorers 1st Showcase?
A: As coach I like players to play aggressive on defence and offensively I like the ball to move so everyone gets their touches. I understand all players at the showcase are chasing a contract so will run offences that allows them to all show their strengths and talent.
Coaching Profile – Creon Raftopoulos
Former Zimbabwe international player who started his coaching career as an academy coach with Basketball England Division one club Tees Valley Mohawks. Worked his way up from academy level to head coach of the Mohawks. Then moved on to become director of basketball at Guildford Heat before being appointed head coach of the BBL club. After a top four finish the club was sold and new management took over appointing a new coaching staff. Surrey Scorchers was born for season 2015/16 in the BBL and was appointed head coach.