Nick Lee:”Seven players signed with pro teams while I was at Europe Basketball Academy!”Published by: Europe Basketball Academy
Nick Lee just started his professional career this season, and it is the right timing to do an interview where Nick will share his first impressions about Europe Basketball Academy and pro-life in Spain in general.
Where you started to play basketball and if you may explain your basketball background? Who are people worth mentioning that helped you on your basketball road so far?
I started playing basketball with I was about 5 in Leeds, Alabama. I knew then that’s basketball would be the sport for me. Even though the road wasn’t easy. I didn’t make my middle school team, I didn’t play in high school and college till really my senior year. After my senior year I attended Europe Basketball Academy and the rest is history. People with mentioning would be my parents Sheldon and Latonya Lee, Gary Ferguson, Cedric Coleman, and Gerald Lee/Kimani Key.
What problems to getting into the professional European market you faced?
I didn’t come from a big school in college so I lacked exposure to get my face on any market.
Why did you decide to join Europe Basketball Academy? How did you hear about it? Who recommended it to you?
I was serious about continuing my career and it was always my dream to play professional basketball so I gave the academy a shot. The head scout of Europe Basketball Academy Bojan Trbojevic contacted me about the camp so I looked into it and thought it was a good choice.
Did you attend some camps and if you did can you explain the difference between those camps and Europe Basketball Academy?
I attended one USA camp that was a 3-day camp and we only played every day and got a film. With Europe Basketball Academy duration was 1 full month, we also played games and tournaments against pro teams and got film but we also had actual practices daily, weight lifted, had recovery facilities, and got 3 meals a day and accommodation.
What is the difference between playing in Europe and where you played before coming to Europe?
USA ball is more heavy isolation/ 1 on 1. I think the thing I’ve enjoyed most about playing in Europe is that I’m learning how to play team basketball.
How did the days look for you at Europe Basketball Academy? Describe the regular day you were going through? Describe what new you learned about European basketball in Europe Basketball Academy?
Normally, we wake up for breakfast. Have practice directly after that, go to lift weights after practice #1, then have lunch, after lunch rest a little before practice # 2, have the second practice, do recovery, after that have dinner, then call it a night. That’s 1 Day. I learned the European game is more strategic and the numbers mean a lot to your place out there.
Your advice to players that are considering joining Europe Basketball Academy? What are the values that we share? What kind of player should enter the academy?
My advice would be just to stick it out, stay focus, work hard, and be professional everything else will take care of itself. Everyone at the academy cares for all the players. They only want the best for you. Being in shape is one of the biggest things also for the academy.
Share some interesting situations that you experienced in the academy that you will remember and that made a strong impression on you.
Just how competitive the guys were in practice and how hard we pushed each other we all knew we wanted the same thing it was just extra special to have a group of guys like that.
Where you ended up after you attended Europe Basketball Academy? How many players signed while you were in the academy?
I ended up with Lujisa Guadalajara Basket. I believe when I returned to the academy there were about 7 players including myself that had signed somewhere.
Here you may write some finishing comments on what you find important to share.
I just want to thank everyone from Europe Basketball Academy, Srdan for his impact, Bojan, and Vladimir for the part they play on the inside. Coach Ivan for coaching me up everyday teaching how to play in Europe and Milos as well for being there for me every day. Thanks, Europe Basketball Academy!