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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!


Tim Fanning joins Scorers 1st Showcase Coaching Staff in Las Vegas

We are happy to announce Tim Fanning (currently an Assistant Coach with Euroleague team Maccabi Tel Aviv) as the latest addition to the coaching staff for our Scorers 1st Showcase in Las Vegas on July 12th and 13th during the time of the NBA Summer League.


Here is a quick Q&A with Tim:

Q: You have visited the Scorers 1st Showcase before. What made you want to be a coach in/at the event?

A: It is a good opportunity to get back on the floor and interact with players in a new setting.  With a very short time frame I enjoy the challenge of getting to know the players then trying to give the team some organization and direction that will help the players showcase their skills in a positive way.

Q: How do you normally go about scouting and recruiting players and how valuable is it to be able to see players live?

A: Really depends on the situation, but the most likely scenario is trying to find a player that has a specific skill set that will complement a roster basketball wise.  Then making sure that the player has the mental/professional skills to fit in the locker room/club.  Can they live in another country and be a professional in terms of their effort and preparation every day? Especially when things get difficult? With the length and challenges that come with a season you really want to try and find players that know how to grind and be a part of a team.


Q: Are you focussed on the basketball skills of a player or are there other things you pay a lot of attention to?

A: Definitely focused on the basketball skills but it is much easier to evaluate the skills of a player than their character/competitive make up.  The competitive spirit of an individual is something that I pay close attention to when evaluating a player.  Does he play defense if his minutes are limited? or if he is having an off game offensively? Those are two questions I want to know the answer to.  But obviously if the skill set needs to match in the first place.

Q: What were the biggest differences you noticed with power-house Maccabi Tel Aviv compared to your other coaching stints so far?

A: The level of tactical variety and precision in the Euroleague was something special.  The team’s all have very different styles but are very precise in how they try to attack you on both ends of the floor which means that the level of attention to details required by players (and coaches) was very demanding.  It was similar to the World Championships but the teams have much more preparation time and they evolve over the course of the competition.

To work in a club like Maccabi was a great opportunity.  It is a club that has won titles at an amazing rate during it’s history and has high expectations for players and coaches.  They provided us with all the tools needed to be successful and I really enjoyed working in an environment that is in constant pursuit of titles.


Q: Please give us a little more background about your coaching career so far.

A: I “formed” as a coach in Spain and I believe I was the first US born coach to complete the Spanish Basketball Federations highest coaching license “Titulo Superior.”  After 6 years as a head coach in the lower divisions of Spain I spent one season as an assistant coach in the NBA D League with the Delaware 87ers.  From there I went to New Zealand and was with the Tall Blacks (NZ National Team) for the 2014 World Championships and then 2 seasons as a head coach for the Nelson Giants in New Zealand’s top domestic league.

I love coaching individuals and to see them go on to better jobs after our time together is something that really motivates me.  I have enjoyed coaching in different countries and learning new languages and cultures while trying to understand the delicate differences that each country has in how they “live the game of basketball.


Pete Strobl and the Scoring Factory return to the Scorers 1st Showcase

We are excited to announce that Pete Strobl and his staff from the Scoring Factory in Pittsburgh will return to Las Vegas again this upcoming July to work and train with the players at and prior to the Scorers 1st Showcase.

“Pete and his staff were with us in 2016 and the skill work they do plus the knowledge of the game and the international basketball landscape add so much for the participants of our events.” says Scorers 1st founder Gerrit Kersten-Thiele about the return of Strobl and his coaches to the Scorers 1st Showcase.

Pete Strobl just recently extended his contract with German BBL team ratiopharm Ulm as an Assistant Coach, where he works with Head-Coach Thorsten Leibenath, for another two years while also managing the Scoring Factory in Pittsburgh.

Players who wish to participate in our Scorers 1st Showcase and/or our training sessions prior to our exposure event can register here: PLAYER REGISTRATION