Q: What are you looking forward to at the Scorers 1st Showcase?
A: As a young coach I’m looking to broaden my horizon and absorb as much Information as I can.
It’s a new concept for me and I’m very curious about the interactions with the players and how they will respond to a foreign coach.
To get into their world, gives me a better perspective on how to respond in certain situations.
Q: What is the most difficult/important part of scouting and recruiting players for you each summer and why do you think the Showcase can/will help?
A: It’s crucial for me to get to know the person behind the basketball player. The Scorers 1st Showcase will give me an opportunity to talk to them. I need to be sure that they can handle the life as a professional player.
Q: – What can players expect from you during the time in Las Vegas?
A: I’ m a defensive minded coach and I know that’s going to be very hard to persuade the players of that. In offense I like the uptempo game. I like playing agressive on both ends of the court. When you are on the court, you give it all. when you need a rest, you sit. This style needs a lot of subs but my goal is to increase the efficiency of the players.
Q: Anything else you would like to add?
A: I would like to add that I’m looking for players with a good work ethic and with passion for the game. Energizers! Guys that are willing to put in some hard work and realize that it will make them better in the long run. As the saying goes “hard work beat talent when talent fails to work hard”.
We are excited to announce the addition of Pieti Poikola to the coaching staff for our Scorers 1st Showcase in Düsseldorf (Germany) on June 18th and 19th 2016 who joins Bogdan Karaicic (Head-Coach of FOG Naestved in Denmark) and Adnan Chuk (Head-Coach of Norrköping in Sweden). Poikola is currently leading the National Team of Denmark with the goal to secure a spot for the Eurobasket 2017 and he is looking forward to the 2016-17 as he joins Korisliiga club Kouvot for this upcoming year.
Here is a quick Q&A with Pieti Poikola:
Q: Can you give us a little overview of your past years and what’s next for you?
I have coached six seasons at Tampereen Pyrintö in Finland Korisliiga. In those years we have won the title three times. Now I’m taking a year off from club coaching. At the moment I’m focusing on the next summer with the National Team of Denmark. This will be my 4th season in Denmark. Our goal is to beat the odds and secure our spot to Eurobasket 2017. Before Denmark I have coached several seasons in Finnish junior national teams with all age groups from U16 to Universiade team.
Q: What do you expect from the Scorers 1st Showcase in Düsseldorf?
I expect to see talented players giving 100 % effort. Ideally I will see some potential players to sign to my next season Korisliiga team Kouvot. This gives me the chance to meet players personally. It’s good to follow the participants with a different eye after knowing more than their seasonal statlines. It’s also great to meet fellow coaches and share opinions with them.
Q: What are the biggest challenges in putting a team together and how can the Scorers 1st Showcase help?
Obviously the biggest challenge is to teach the concept in limited time to players who you don’t know beforehand. It’s not only about offensive and defensive concepts but team chemistry too. It demands good recruiting.
In the next season I will start with the new team so the concept and my philosophy is new for the whole group. Therefore I would like to have players from who I know that can learn things fast and are suitable to my philosophy as a whole. This camp might help to find such players.
Personally after one club season of, it’s good to have time in the gym to be ready for the next national team summer in Denmark.
Q: Anything else you would like to share/add?
In this business it’s very important to have good network. This camp is part of creating relations with coaches, agents and players who you haven’t met personally before. I’m looking forward the experience.