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Danny Jansson of German ProA team Weissenhorn joins Scorers 1st Showcase Coaching Staff in Las Vegas

Danny Jansson, Head-Coach, of Weissenhorn (ProA Germany) joins Scorers 1st Showcase 2017 Coaching Staff this upcoming July in Las Vegas and we are excited to have him working with one of the teams with us.


Here is a quick Q&A with Danny:

Q: Please give us a little background about your coaching career and your situation with Ulm/Weissenhorn?

A: I just finished my 3rd season here, and I feel already at home in Ulm. Previously I worked full-time for 6 years in a Finnish club PuHu, while also working a variety of Finnish youth national teams every summer.

So far I’ve based my career mostly in working and developing 16-20 year-old guys. That’s what I enjoy the most, and that’s what I get to do in Ulm as well. We have a good structure here to raise young players to try to become professional basketball players, and I am happy to be able to be this close and watch this progress.

Our academy team finished the season by getting promoted to German Pro A, so we will face an interesting challenge this upcoming year in a new environment. At the same time, I am coaching our U19 team, and we also have 2 other senior level leagues, so every day will keep us busy.

Q: A big emphasis with your team is player development. How can that best be incorporated with developing/creating a winning culture?

A: As most people understand, letting young players grow and make mistakes doesn’t always go hand in hand with winning. However, I don’t always see that as a mutually exclusive fact. When you are able to cherish competitiveness every day with growth mindset, you should be able to compete, regardless of the age or the level you play at.

Most of our daily functions and goals are player development oriented, but we do integrate everything to the fact that our team comes first. And the better players you have, the better chances you have at winning as well.


Q: What kind of players to you try to recruit mainly and what do you look for when scouting a player?

A: Naturally, it’s always tough to replace anthropometry and/or speed. But like Coach Popovich stated, players “that are over themselves” will always make your organization better. Moreover, this is a tough quality to find when you recruit players who haven’t established themselves or their careers yet. But when you have combination of basketball talent, high work ethic and selflessness, then you have found a keeper.

Of course, when scouting a player, there is a variety of position specific demands that we would look for.

Q: How important is it to see a player live and not just on film?

A: I think it’s very important to see players live. It’s easier to evaluate the whole nine yards when you get to see it closer. Moreover, you can also get a chance to see the things you would not see on a game tape: how does a player react to coaching, his teammates, people around him, etc.

Finally, I’m able to say I’m very excited to come to Vegas and have the chance to interact with new players and meet new people!


Leuven Bears (D1 Belgium) Head-Coach Ferried Naciri takes over a team at the Scorers 1st Showcase!

We are excited to announce Belgian Head-Coach Ferried Naciri of the top-league team Leuven Bears as a coach at the Scorers 1st Showcase 2017 in Las Vegas on July 12th and 13th.

“It’s our goal to make sure that our participants get real value from being with us in Las Vegas. We take great pride in what the Scorers 1st Showcase has become and the coaching staff we have is a huge part in that. Knowing that our teams and players are coached by pro coaches from international teams and leagues is a great asset and I’m excited to have Ferried with us.” said Scorers 1st founder Gerrit Kersten-Thiele.


Here is a quick Q&A with Ferried Naciri to get to know him better:

Q: What do you look for when you scout players?

A: I’m looking for players that, first of all, show consistent positive and competitive attitudes. I look for intensity and energy on every possession and for players that show they want to play very hard at both sides off the court. They need to show that they have the pride to be great at everything that they can controle.

Next to that I look for specific talents like shooting, scoring, screening, rebounding,.. But the first part is the base that needs to be there before I start looking for talent. 

Q: How much does it mean/help to be able to scout a player live and in person?

A: It helps a lot because you can see his facial expressions in every situation. You can see how he responds when he is on the bench and you can listen to some of the things he says. That shows you what kind of teammate he is and type of character he has. Video doesn’t show a lot of that.

Q: What is the biggest difference between college and pro basketball in your opinion?

A: I feel that in college basketball you have a couple of players that can score and carry most of the offensive load. Pro basketball is already a filter of the better college players out there so obviously most of these guys can score and can be productive offensively. That makes defensive situations harder to guard, you have to be so much more disciplined in each action that you’re guarding because even small mistakes will probably get a guy open that can score.
Next to that, in my experience, the most difficult thing for pro-rookies is that they come out a 4 year program where they had 4 years to learn the entire system. When they turn pro, you have to understand every basic action within a couple of weeks. The time you have to adjust is so much less.

Q: Please tell us a bit about your club and the league you play in.

A: Our club, Leuven Bears in Belgium, is one of the smaller clubs in the league. It’s a great step up club where young players have the chance to learn and make mistakes. We are very big in making players understand who they are and who they can be within professional basketball. The biggest goal is to build a play-off team every season and sending the players that have played for us to bigger teams where they can continue their career.

The Belgian league is a tough league where, if you show you can be consistent in whatever you do, you have a big chance of being recruited by clubs in the top european leagues.

easyCredit BBL Head-Coach Sebastian Machowski to coach at the Scorers 1st Showcase in Las Vegas

We are excited to announce the addition of German easyCredit BBL Head-Coach Sebastian Machowski to our Scorers 1st Showcase 2017 coaching staff.

Sebastian Machowski is the Head-Coach of Eisbären Bremerhaven, currently 13th place in the easyCredit Basketball-Bundesliga.

Players can register here: Player Registration Link

Here is a quick Q&A with Sebastian Machowski on what he is looking forward to in Las Vegas this upcoming July:

Picture: Eisbären Bremerhaven

Q: What do you look for when you scout players?

A: For every position we have a detailed profile. Prior to the process all skills, all qualities we are looking for in a player have been identified for our group responsible to scout (head coach, assistant coach, general manager).

On top of the common statistical benchmarks we are looking for intangibles, such as communication on the court, behavior, body language etc. 
“Decision making” maybe has become the most important aspect for me, since the talent and other profile requirements have to be a given.
Q: How much does it mean/help to be able to scout a player live and in person?

A: Personally I believe it is a big difference when you get to watch a player live. The impressions you get are much stronger live, whereas video let’s you check more in depth the tactical and technical details.

Obviously a face to face conversation beats a phone call any day for an important first impression of the person as well.
Q: What is the biggest difference between college and pro basketball in your opinion?
A: The rules are somewhat different in Europe, especially the shorter shot clock, as well as the more physical style of play.
Q: Please tell us a bit about your club and the league you play in.

A: For the second season I have been coaching Eisbaeren Bremerhaven in Germany’s top division BBL. We want to be a contender for the playoffs in this very tough league. 

The BBL (18 clubs) has been getting stronger year by year, and with the exception maybe of the top three teams every team can really beat any team. The style of play is quite physical and mostly uptempo. Each team can have up to six foreign players.
Q: Anything else you would like to share or add?
A: I look forward to being at the Scorers 1st Showcase in Vegas. Getting the chance to work with a few players first hand, and getting to see even more up close during the games is a great opportunity.