It is that time of the year again where the biggest basketball talents meet and show their abilities on the court in Trevisio, Italy at the 2017 Adidas Eurocamp. Germany is in good company as it will be represented by guys like Karim Jallow of FC Bayern Munich, Louis Olinde of the Brose Baskets Bamberg and Kosja Mushidi of Mega Leks, but also from two other huge talents with Isaac Bonga and Richard Freudenberg from the Fraport Skyliners will also be present. At the 3 day camp from June 9-11, the young hopeful talents will play in front of current and former coaches and players like Thon Maker of the Milwaukee Bucks) and Russian legend Andrei Kirilenko. The players will be able to showcase their skills in drills as well as compete against each other in games. Well known players that played at the Adidas Eurocamp in the past have been 93 first and second round draft picks, including NBA standouts Serge Ibaka (208-C/F-89) (Toronto Raptors), Danilo Gallinari (208-SF-88) (Denver Nuggets), Goran Dragic (190-PG-86) (Miami HEAT), Brandon Ingram (206-SF-97, college: Duke) (Los Angeles Lakers), Jaylen Brown (201-F-96, college: California) (Boston Celtics), Dragan Bender (213-PF-97) (Phoenix Suns) and Thon Maker (216-C/F-97, college: High School) (Milwaukee Bucks). Forty-three former EUROCAMP participants currently hold NBA contracts and 64 currently play in EuroLeague Basketball.
Isaac Bonga comes into the camp as one of the biggest talents in Europe at the moment from the year 1999 and at only 17 years of age and 205cm still has a huge upside in his development and could use this camp as another opportunity to raise his NBA draft stock for 2018 as he is already for many experts seen as a top 10 draft pick.
Last season, the ambitious German who started to play soccer at a young age and then switched to basketball started his career at Koblenz before coming to the Fraport Skyliners in 2016. Last season besides playing in the youth competition NBBL, he also played 14 BBL games averaging 1,5ppg and 1,2rpg. He got increased playing time at the end of the season when the playoffs were out of reach and he produced a 8 point game against Science City jena and a six point game against ratiopharm Ulm. He also played 3 Champions League games and was able to get good minutes in the Pro B where he played 20 games averaging 11.0ppg, 6.5rpg, 4.1apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 23.0%, FT: 71.4%. He had some huge games including a 26 point game in Leverkusen and registered his first professional triple double as a professional scoring 10 points, getting 15 rebounds and dishing out 10 assists in a win against Nordlingen. His long summer will continue soon when he will play at various competitions with the German youth national teams.
Richard Freundenberg is a 18 year old 206cm forward that also is a huge German prospect who ended his short NCAA journey at ST Johns and has returned back to Germany and signed with the Fraport Skyliners. Last season with ST Johns he played for NBA legend Chris Mullin and didn´t get the minutes that he was promised and played only 26 games averaging 1.3ppg, 1.3rpg. Not only was getting suitable minutes a problem, but coming to terms with the mentality of his American teammates was also not an easy task. The German started his basketball career at FC Bayern Munich and got his first BBL experience there playing 2 games in the 2015-016 season and won the U-19 NBBL title in 2015. One guy who has seen Richard Freudenberg play much in the past is current TSV Oberhaching Tropics head coach Mario Matic who last coached Pro B team Nordlingen and visited the 2017 NBBL Top 4 in Frankfurt recently. “He is a very talented player, but still needs to work a lot on his game. Moving to Frankfurt was the right decision. Frankfurt is the only team that gives young German´s a chance to play in the BBL. I don´t see Freudenberg playing an important role this season in the BBL, but the season after. One can´t forget that last season he hardly played at ST Johns and only sat on the bench.He lost a year in the states, but definitly got stronger physically. He was already a very good shooter and had a good drive with FC Bayern Munich. He still needs to work on his pick and roll game”, warned Mario Matic.