Logan Kosmalski is a former Davidson Wildcat and European professional basketball player as well as the co-founder of Pro Skills Basketball and co-director of Pro Skills Basketball Charlotte.

HOW TO BECOME AN OVERSEAS PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL PLAYER

5 Actionable Tips to Playing Basketball Overseas

It’s that time of year again. College basketball players have their NCAA careers come to an end, in what seems like the blink of an eye.

For many, the DREAM of playing basketball for a living begins. Where do you start? Who do you talk to? What are you supposed to do?

For college basketball players that have never been to another country or don’t know anyone that has played professional basketball overseas, beginning this process can seem like swimming in the middle of the ocean, you have no idea which direction to go and time is of the essence.

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At this point of your career, you should know if you have the skills to play in the NBA or D-League. For most college basketball players that want to continue their basketball career, playing internationally in Europe, Asia, Australia and Latin America is a viable next step.

So, the most common question you hear from college basketball players is, how do I play basketball overseas?

Hopefully, the 5 actionable tips below will help kick-start your thinking process and show you which direction to swim. But one word of warning, unless you have a ton of connections or you played at a big-time college basketball, to get a job playing overseas is NOT EASY and will require a ton of investment….an investment with no guarantee of a return.

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TRANSFERRING SCHOOLS FOR SPORTS

4 Most Impactful Questions to Ask When Deciding to Transfer Schools for Sports

So, I’m going to be honest.

I FULLY expected to sit down and write a blog post about high school student-athletes and the current trend of transferring schools at what seems like an astronomical rate and portray it in a negative light.

As someone that went to a large public school for 3 years (middle school in my area of Texas is 7th through 9th grade) and didn’t always see eye-to-eye with my coaches and didn’t appreciate the overwhelming emphasis put on football at my school, I completely understand those frustrations. Hey, I even transferred in college.

But, after returning to North Carolina from my college and professional careers, it was obvious that something had changed. To see kids leaving schools mid-season or going to 3 high schools in 3 years all in the name of chasing a scholarship, I was both taken aback and curious.college basketball transfer

So, I was prepared to question what was going on and express my skepticism. But after doing some research on the topic, it appears that there are no EASY answers and no quick judgments can be passed.

But, based on the number of state governing body rules (examples found here, here, here, here and here. Plus the fact that lawyers are needed to help navigate the rule books! Lawyers! In high school sports!) and the HIGH rate with which kids leave schools now, I would argue that we have lost our way concerning what is in the best interest of high school kids trying to play collegiate team sports.

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NEWS: 2017 Summer Basketball Camps Registration Available Now!

Pro Skills Basketball is excited to announce our 2017 SUMMER BASKETBALL CAMPS SCHEDULE! Now in our 8th summer, we will have more camps, prizes, and contests than ever!

With camps in Charlotte and Greensboro, NC, Denver, CO, Sacramento, CA, Boston, MA and Philadelphia, PA, Pro Skills Basketball has established a network of camps that will allow campers in different locations to compete for prizes nationally.

Pro Skills Basketball 2017 summer basketball campsOur summer basketball camps are open to boys and girls in grades 2-9 of all skills and experience levels.

We are dedicated to teaching basketball in a fun and safe environment through drills, competitions, and games.

We are also very excited to announce the development of our PSB Summer Basketball Camps app.

Through the app, players will be able to find camp locations, register, see camp competition scoreboards, compare their scores to their fellow campers and the other campers across the country as well as stay up to date on all camp happenings in their area.

PSB is gearing up for the most exciting summer basketball camps we’ve ever had!

Sign up now for one of our 2017 summer basketball camps below!

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WHAT ARE YOU WILLING TO SACRIFICE FOR BASKETBALL

Sacrifice in BasketballDo great basketball players make sacrifices? 

Of course they do! So, here we are. The last segment in our posts describing the Pro Skills Basketball acronym of F.O.C.U.S. Fun, Overcome, Concentration, and Unity have all been written about.

Now we are down to the “S”…and it’s my personal favorite. The four previously mentioned topics are all extremely important concepts that basketball and youth sports can teach young kids.

But, the “S” is what takes some people to the top. The “S” is what holds 99% of us back. The “S” can be the greatest lesson that young people can apply to their adult lives.

Without it, nothing great has ever been accomplished. Without it, experiencing discomfort or enduring the struggles of adult life can be difficult to bear. Without it, we struggle to learn to make tough decisions.

The “S” in our acronym, and I believe the most important thing youth basketball can teach young players, stands for sacrifice.

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NEWS: PSB SELECT’S GREENSBORO AAU BASKETBALL TRYOUTS SCHEDULE RELEASED!

PSB Select Greensboro AAU BasketballOur Greensboro AAU basketball tryouts for our 2017 Spring/Summer season PSB Select teams are now available for online registration!

Our PSB Select 3rd-8th grade boys AAU basketball teams are for intermediate to advanced level players.

Each team is led by experienced and knowledgeable local coaches and are dedicated to the development of the individual players, not winning championships.

We stress hard work and dedication over talent, and teamwork over individual play.

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