If all goes according to plan, Jack Eggleston and Andreas Schreiber will be getting paid to hoop it up in Europe next year.
Some more info on their plans and current situations:
Eggleston is working out in Indianapolis while interning with Indiana Sports Corp, a non-profit sporting event promotion and planning company. He has signed with the agency Pro One Sports Management. The link to his online profile is here. In early July, he'll attend a camp in Atlanta run by Michael Curry, an assistant with the Philadelphia 76ers. Eggleston said that there will be European coaches there. He expects to be signed either in late July or early August.
Schreiber has been working out in Houston. Starting July 19th, he'll play and train with the Swedish national team for a couple of months. He'll treat this stint as a sort of summer showcase for him. He has also signed a one year contract with an agent, though his profile is not yet online. He expects to be signed sometime in September. He'll likely start off in LEB Oro or LEB Plata, Spain's second and third division leagues respectively. Spain's top league is called the Asociación de Clubs de Baloncesto, or the ACB.
Eggleston told me he sees two different models for going abroad to play: the Jeff Schiffner/Mark Zoller model and the Adam Chubb/Jerome Allen model. On which model was best for him, Eggleston still isn't sure.
"The former, they kind of went over, played for a couple of years, got their fill and it was a fun experience to kind of travel and experience the world and make a little money while playing basketball instead of sitting at the desk," he said. "It was more about the experience. Versus Coach Allen and Adam Chubb who is still over there, they just want to play basketball as long as possible. To be perfectly honest with you, I don’t know which one is more suited to me right now."
Another interesting tidbit: Jerome Allen advised both men to work on their shot. When Eggleston walked in Allen's office to ask which areas to focus on improving, the coach stressed the importance of a consistent outside shot. Eggleston largely credits the improvement in his shooting percentage the subsequent year to Allen's advice. Schreiber recalls Allen, who played until he was 35, offering some sage words about longevity.
"Coach Allen said, when he first came in, if you want to play as long as you can, you’ve gotta learn how to shoot. Just because you can’t be banging inside for 6 or 7 years and expect to be healthy."
"I guess I gotta learn how to shoot sometime," Schreiber admitted.
While Schreiber and Eggleston plan on western Europe, their classmate Danny Monckton is headed west to Tulane University where he will use his final year of eligibility to play basketball while earning a masters in sustainable real estate development.
"Unfortunately with Ivy league rules, I was not granted a 5th year of eligibility and no grad students can play varsity sports in the ivy league as well so I had to go elsewhere and Tulane was a great fit," Monckton wrote in an email. After a breakout campaign during the second half of his junior season, Monckton sat his entire senior year after having microfracture surgery on his knee.
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