Adidas Eurocamp: Back with a Bang!

Over the weekend adidas welcomed the return of its adidas Eurocamp to the La Ghirada Sports Complex in Treviso, Italy after a five-year hiatus. The event began at the same location back in 1997 and the 16th edition was highly-anticipated and well-received because of its status as the unofficial International Pre-Draft Camp.

The 2023 edition showcased an abundance of skilled hoopers from Asia, Europe and North America born between 2001 and 2007. This year's Eurocamp included a handful of prospects who figure to be serious NBA Draft candidates in the near future.

One prospect who might be taken in the upcoming 2023 NBA Draft as a terrific draft-and-stash option was the MVP of adidas Eurocamp after leading team Eurocamp 2 to the championship with an unbeaten record. That player is 6-foot-1 lefty combo guard Nadir Hifi of Le portel in France. The 2002-born guard recently announced through his agent he will keep his name in the 2023 NBA Draft and the way he played in Treviso, he might be a terrific pickup for a NBA club despite his diminutive frame (by today's standards) and the fact he will play EuroCup with Paris in 2023-24.

Hifi's Eurocamp 2 club beat Team Asia, 109-49, and 3SSB Select, a team of American players born between 2005 and 2007, 93-76. In the easy win over Team Asia, Hifi had 10 points, three rebounds and four assists. Eurocamp 2 got contributions from many players versus Team Asia, as 6-foot-5 Davide Casarin (2003) of Reyer Venice (Italy) led the way among nine players who netted nine or more points with 13 points . In the victory over 3SSB Select, Hifi had 21 points, four rebounds, six assists.

On day three of the camp, Eurocamp 2 captured the title with a 89-60 victory over USA Select (another club with players born between 2005-07). Hifi wrapped up MVP honors with his 17-point, 4-rebound performance. Six-foot-5 Lucas Ugolin (2002) of CSP Limoges in France also had a big impact with 14 points.

As far as the American players are concerned, the standout of the event was 6-foot-5 2024 guard V.J. Edgecombe of Long Island Lutheran (Glen Head, N.Y.)/Austin SE Elite. The explosive wing averaged 18.7 ppg, while shooting 40 percent from the 3-point line, along with 5.0 rpg, 3.0 apg, 3.7 spg and 1.7 bpg. He was one of the best players in the National Interscholastic Basketball Conference (NIBC) during the 2022-23 high school season and is having a big spring and summer so far.

Edgecombe is originally from the Bahamas and is quickly shooting up the charts as one of the best players in the 2024 class nationally. Based on his performance at the 2023 Eurocamp, he's also making a nice impression on 2025 NBA Draft boards.

The boys teams at this year's adidas Eurocamp were led by coaching director Bill Bayno, a former college and NBA coach, and Scouting Director Gianluca Pascucci.

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