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Creon Raftopoulos joins Coaching Staff for the Scorers 1st Showcase in Düsseldorf


Creon24.04.2015 – 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.


The Scoring Factory partners with the Scorers 1st Showcase

The Scoring Factory Vector Logo - Black Background17.04.2016 Las Vegas – We are excited to announce our partnership with “The Scoring Factory” and Pete Strobl for our Scorers 1st Showcase in Las Vegas this upcoming July.

“The service that Pete and his staff at “The Scoring Factory” provide is special, because they combine top-level skill training with so many other valuable attributes that it’s great to be able to offer that knowledge and training to our participants in Las Vegas prior and during our Scorers 1st Showcase 2016 in Las Vegas.” says Scorers 1st CEO Gerrit Kersten-Thiele about the partnership with “The Scoring Factory”.


Here is a quick Q&A with Pete Strobl and you will find more information about what “The Scoring Factory” will bring to the Showcase in the next days!

Q: Pete, please give us a little bit of background about you and The Scoring Factory.
A: I started The Scoring Factory in 2009 after retiring from playing in Europe and settled in Pittsburgh. I began coaching some summer league teams and realized there was a dire need for basketball skills development and overall training. At the time, players didn’t even realize what they were missing but within a few short years the word spread and we were on our way to working with the area’s best and brightest. Here we are, several years later and we’ve had the good fortune to work with professionals from almost every league on Earth all the way down to the youth level. It’s an extremely rewarding feeling to be able to have such a positive effect on people’s lives with something they’re equally passionate about. That being said, we feel like we’re just now scratching the surface and discovering how profound our impact can be. 
Q: You have played for many years. What were the biggest challenges for you going overseas and how did you deal with them?
A: I played nine years professionally all over Europe and loved every minute of it, even the rough times. All of those experiences have gone into shaping me as a better human and put me in a position to convey information to those that might need it most. The biggest initial challenges for any young player who first ventures overseas are the language barrier and overall culture shock. This generation has a lot of benefits that we didn’t have in the way of technology and the ability to stay in close contact with friends and loved ones back home. But being open to different ways of doing things can be enriching and enlightening. It’s a difficult transition for those that don’t have at least some idea of what’s in store as they settle in a new country.
Q: We are excited about you partnering with Scorers 1st and the Showcase – did you attend camps when you played and what’s the value you see in the Showcase for players?
A: There weren’t as many showcase camps available when I came out of Niagara University in 2000. I truly believe I got lucky and found a great agent that had close relationships with many critical contacts overseas. I shouldered my responsibilities and made sure I took care of everything on my end with regard to being physically prepared and ready to go whenever the phone might ring with an offer. But you really need a great agent to actually find the right deal and sell you to teams. Had I known about camps when I was coming out, I definitely would have attended and taken advantage of the opportunity for exposure. European coaches don’t attend camps unless they are sure they will be able to evaluate a lot of potential prospects under one roof. Scorer’s 1st has consistently put together one of the best camps around and they do it at the most strategic time of year, when literally the entire basketball world convenes in Las Vegas. 
Q: What will you add to the Showcase and the work-out days? What can players expect?
A: I’ve known Gerrit for years and he is a guy that follows through and does exactly what he says he can do. This is a treacherous and difficult road to navigate for those without much experience. I have a deep respect for his honesty and so I’m honored that he has asked me to be a part of the showcase this year. I’m excited to teach players some of the necessary components to prepare themselves for life as a pro both physically and mentally. Players should expect a crash course in footwork, ball-handling, passing and the many intricate details expected when you play in Europe where skills are still an extremely valued commodity. As always, I look forward to teaching those that have a thirst for knowledge. 
Pete Strobl - The Scoring Factory
Pete Strobl working with DJ Kennedy and Henry Pwono at “The Scoring Factory


Pete Strobl also wrote a book about his experience playing overseas and his journey in basketball. You can find and buy it here:

Leuven Head-Coach Stefan Sappenberghs from Belgium joins Coaching Staff for Las Vegas Showcase

04.04.2016 – Las Vegas

StefanSappenberghsWe are excited to announce the addition of Belgian Head-Coach Stefan Sappenberghs to the coaching staff for the Scorers 1st Showcase in Las Vegas on July 13th and 14th 2016.

Stefan Sappenberghs took over Belgian top-league team Leuven in the middle of the season and plans to lead the team in 2016-17.


Here is a quick Q&A with Stefan:

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”.