Last month's NBA combine primarily consisted of U.S. college basketball players, providing NBA teams the opportunity for a closer look at this year's prospects. Now comes the international version known as Eurocamp, which takes place in Treviso, Italy June 8-10. The official list of players was released on Tuesday and includes potential first round selections Rudy Gobert from France and Lucas Nogueira from Brazil.
Also joining prospects from Austrailia, Greece, Latvia and Serbia...Baltimore's own Aquille Carr, the only American invited. The 5-foot-6 Carr became an internet sensation during his day at Patterson High School where he earned the nickname "the Crimestopper" because as legend has it, the streets emptied because folks came to watch the dynamic point guard. Carr, who previously committed to Seton Hall, spent the past season playing for Princeton Day. This showcase opportunity could land him a job overseas or perhaps generate some NBA interest, though Carr is not expected to be among those selected in the two-round draft on June 27.
The No. 11 overall prospect according to DraftExpress.com, the 7-foot-0 Gobert is raw offensively, but could become a force defensively thanks to an insane 7'8.5" wingspan.
Nogueira, 20, is another 7-footer draft pundits are projecting in the later portions of the first round. DraftExpress ranks the Brazilian big man 29th among the 2013 prospects.
Other international players with first round grades not heading to Eurocamp include point guard Dennis Schroeder (15), forwards Sergey Karasev (18), Dario Saric (22) and Giannis Adetokunbo (27).
The Wizards have obviously not been shy about selecting international players in recent seasons. Jan Vesely and Kevin Seraphin are among 23 players currently with NBA contracts that participated in previous Eurocamps. Washington owns the No. 3 , 38 and 54 picks in the upcoming draft, though is unlikely to use all three selections. The Wizards are also unlikely to select any of these players with the third overall pick, but drafting and stashing a player overseas is always a consideration. Last year's second-round pick Tomas Satoransky spent the past season playing in Spain.