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The former EuroLeague star has created a showcase for players with the ambition of establishing a point of reference for young, upcoming talent. Pete Mickeal is a household name in the world of basketball. A EuroLeague champion in 2010 alongside players like Ricky Rubio and Juan Carlos Navarro, a former scout for the Minnesota Timberwolves and Washington Wizards and now the organizer of the NTX combine. Mickeal talked to Eurohoops about his new project, which starts on Monday, May 9th, and has the ambition to become the hotbed for top level talent.

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Can you give an introduction of your event to our international audience? Pete Mickeal: The NTX combine it’s a combine that’s taking place May 9th through the 11th in Dallas, Texas. NTX stands for North Texas. That’s the region, the area where the combine takes place. And it is a combine with 24 draft eligible players, NBA draft eligible players. And we have some really, really good names there, but we also have some really good coaches names. Ex former players, former lottery picks, former assistant coaches in the NBA. And what’s different between our combine and any other combine in the world pre-draft is that we have TV and we have play by play announcers and we’re on live cable TV up to 75 million households. So that is the type of event that ESPN puts on. So, this is the difference between our combine.

NTX combine is also an option for international players that play in college as long as they’re draft eligible, right. Pete Mickeal: Exactly! That’s why this is the first of its kind. This is the first real international combine in the world. So, if you go to, when they had the old Eurocamps, that was all European players, my event is the only event in the world that has international players and United States players at the same time. Because if you look at the NBA, how many international players are playing in NBA, they have a premium on them. The European guys, they start getting developed early. For example, in Barcelona, a guy comes over in Barcelona at 12 years old, he learns Spanish there. They teach him English there. He goes to school; he practices two times a day and they keep him in an environment to grow.

Can you talk about this year’s group? Pete Mickeal: Yeah. So, this year group, we have some really, really good names. A guy named Royce Hamm Jr.; he went to UNLV. I think he’s going to surprise a lot of people in the way he plays. He’s a four, five, but he can put it on the floor. He can shoot and he is really explosive. We also have Jaylen House, which is the son of Eddie House, a player that played for Miami heat. He averaged 19 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists in college. Those are great stats in college. Also, Taze Moore that won NCAA slam dunk competition. We have JD Notae from Arkansas. Arkansas was a top five team in the nation, and he was arguably the best player. I mean, he averaged 19 points a game on a top five team in the nation. That’s very difficult to do. So, those are our bigger names. We have kids from Oregon, California, Ohio state Louisville, Kansas state, Florida, Houston, New Mexico.

Pete Mickeal: We have some guys that you will see on summer league rosters. We provide to all the scouts; we provide the full game film to them. We also allow the NBA scouts to interview the players. We have a room for them to interview the players, and we also have everything comfortable for the NBA scouts to come. They have their own table. They’re able to see the players, they’re able to see them in a small setting. Because we are sanctioned by the NBA, we must abide by the rules. So, we can only have six players on the floor at one time when the NBA scouts are there. So, our plan is to have the NBA Scouts in the morning from 8.30 to 12.30 and after 12.30, then we’ll have our full event as far as with all the players. So yeah, this event is great. I mean, in 10 years from now, all the European scouts, all the European agents, all the European teams will be coming to the NTX combine.
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