Category Archives: Las Vegas

Swedish Head-Coach Jesper Gustavsson returns to the Scorers 1st Showcase in Las Vegas

June 7th 2016 – Las Vegas

We are happy to announce that Jesper Gustavsson, Head-Coach of Swedish Top-League team UMEA will return to Las Vegas this summer to coach a team at the Scorers 1st Showcase.

Here is a short interview with Jesper that talks about our 2015 Showcase and what he looks for when recruiting players.

Q: What were your take-aways from the Scorers 1st Showcase 2015 and why did you decide to come back to coach a team in 2016?

A: I made a lot of contacts last year at the Showcase, both with players, coaches and GMs. It’s a great place for me as a coach to see potential imports playing against each other and also meet the players live. But also to meet new people that work in basketball all around the world.

Q: What made the Scorers 1st Showcase stand out?

A: The Scorers 1st Showcase is located close to the strip and other camps in Vegas, it’s run professionally with good coaches, video, stats, referees, game jerseys and an over all professional exposure of the players that attended the camp.

Q: What do you look for the most when scouting players and how important is it to be able to see them live?

A: It’s super important to see the players live. Also having the chance to talk to them, old coaches and people that played against or with them. To draw my attention at the Showcase, i would like the players to show that they can play within a team and a system, to score out of a set or to follow defensive principles. To help their teammates, be verbal on the court, show good body language, don’t talk to the refs or to opposing players. These things were actually the things i spent the most time with my team last year at the camp, because we know that the guys in the camp can play basketball, but to sign abroad it takes a whole lot more!

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2016-17 okapi Aalstar Head-Coach Steve Ibens completes Las Vegas coaching staff

June 5th 2016 – Las Vegas

SteveIbensWe are happy to announce the addition of Belgian Coach Steve Ibens to the coaching staff for our Scorers 1st Showcase in Las Vegas on July 13th and 14th during the time of the NBA Summer League right next to where our event will take place.

Steve Ibens will take over the reigns at Belgian Top-League team okapi Aalstar for the 2016-17 season after Brad Dean has decided to return to the US.

Here is a quick Q&A to get to know Steve a little bit prior to our Showcase:

Q: What are you looking for when you scout players and how can the Scorers 1st Showcase help with that?

A: When I scout players I look for team players with individual talent. Players who are thinking team first. Positive bodylanguage is very important for me and how does a player respond on remarks from the coach. Does he run back hard on defense after a mistake, how does he react when he comes to the bench. I look also if he plays hard in defense, does he put pressure on the ball, does he help his teammates in the rotation. Offensively I look to his scoring ability his passing skills and basket IQ to make good descisions on the court.

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Q: Why did you decide to coach a team at the Scorers 1st Showcase and what can players expect from you?

A: I love the challenge to coach at the Scorers 1st Showcase. It was an honor for me that I got the invitation to come to Las Vegas to coach one of the teams. I will bring quick and attractive basketball with my team. An uptempo game with transition shooting and inside game on the 5-5 half court. Playing hard defense to break out quick and play fast break. Players have to play with confidence and have to make good descisions for the team. I also love to win off course.

Q: You have had a very successful year with okapi Aalstar in the Belgian Top-League making it to the Finals – what were the key parts for your team to make it that far and come together?

A: The friendship between the players is huge they really play well together. We have a really good PG and center who can both dominate in 1-1 situations. We play very hard in defense and have a 10 player rotation which helps us in each play-off series. We try to play quick and take a lot of 3pt shots also in transition. When we shoot on high % from the 3p line we are hard to beat.

Q: What’s the biggest adjustments that players have to make/get used to when going from the US to Europe?

A: The biggest difference between Europe and USA is that in Europe there is more focus on team play and sharing the ball, attacking close outs and try to play with 1 our 2 dribbles and decide to pass, shoot or dribble. In the USA the game is more based on isolation plays because the players have so much individual skills and talent. There is more dribbling and less team play. In Europe there is more weakside recognition out off ball screen actions.

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Mike Coffin of Austrian Finalist WBC Wels joins Showcase Coaching Staff in Las Vegas

12974268_10154061566511684_5158358989250597598_nJune 3rd 2016 – We are excited to announce Mike Coffin as one of the Head-Coaches for our Scorers 1st Showcase in Las Vegas on July 13th and 14th.

Mike is currently the Head-Coach of Austrian top-league team WBC Wels which he led to the Austrian Finals series during the 2015-16 campaign.

Meet Coach Mike Coffin in the Q&A below:

Q: What are you looking for when you scout players and how can the Scorers 1st Showcase help with that?

A: I’m looking for players first that are committed to working hard and working within a team concept. Also players with good attitudes. The last thing I’m interested in is if the player is selfish or able to use his abilities within a team

Q: Why did you decide to coach a team at the Scorers 1st Showcase and what can players expect from you?

A:  I chose to come here because I’ve never participated in a showcase either as a player or coach. Looking maybe for that “diamond in the rough”. They can expect a coach who demands defense with freedom on the offense.

Q: You have had a very successful year with WBC Wels in the Austrian Top-League making it to the Finals – what were the key parts for your team to make it that far and come together?
A: We had a very tough start. We had to change about 4 players then we had to deal with some injuries. Once we got somewhat healthy and started to believe in each other and the system it all turned around. Went from last midway thru the season to finishing 2nd!
Q: What are the biggest adjustments that players have to make/get used to when going from the US to Europe?
A:   I think the biggest adjustment is the culture shock depending on the city you end up in.  with Internet and all the texting Skype etc it’s a bit easier from 20 years ago. I think the practice level is tougher than college also. Many guys have stated they have never worked this hard before.
Q: Anything else you would like to add?
A: Other advice is if it’s your first job don’t worry about the money. Go for the experience and the start. The money will come with your hard work and success.