How to Play Basketball Overseas

Written By: Lamar Hull @ Google+


how to play overseas basketball

Lamar Hull Playing Overseas Basketball

Making it as a professional basketball player is NEVER easy, especially for a scrawny, 5 foot 9 inch kid who initially no one took seriously.

However, perseverance, dedication, tenacity, and hard work can go a long way to supplementing natural talent and making a pipe-dream a reality.

I went from shooting basketball with my brother at the park, to becoming a local basketball star, to playing D-1 basketball, to signing a professional basketball contract with the King’s Lynn Fury in England.

Before we discuss how to play professional basketball overseas, I want to give you a little history on what it took for me to earn an overseas basketball contract. 

Highlight Video of Lamar Hull at Davidson College & Overseas

High School Basketball

Besides God & Family, basketball played a BIG part in my life, my passion for the sport had no boundaries.

For as long as I can remember, playing in the NBA was the ULTIMATE goal like a million other kids. I spent hours in the gym improving my skills, getting stronger and ensuring that I gave myself the BEST chance to make it in this sport.

Working hard everyday paid off in my senior year of high school. I went from being a good basketball player, to a team leader, and to a college basketball recruit.

I averaged 28.5 points per game that was coupled with a healthy assist record. I received a nomination for various awards, including:

  • North Carolina Mr. Basketball Nominee Award
  • Conference Player of the Year
  • All-Uniform
  • All-Conference
  • All-Regional
  • All-Tournament
  • Graduated 5th in my class; taking AP courses
  • Scored over 1,000 points in my high school career

This is not to brag, but with consistent hard work and a NEVER give up attitude, no matter what ODDS are against you, keep fighting and working EVERYDAY and good things can happen!

These stats helped pave me to play at the collegiate level and then be presented with overseas basketball opportunities. 

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Davidson College Men’s BasketballL

lamar hull davidson collegeFrom 2005 to 2007, I played college basketball for Davidson College. During this time, I faced MANY challenges that made me wonder whether I had what it took to continue my basketball career.

Not a lot of people know this but, I was cut from the Davidson team my freshman year, only placed on the traveling team my sophomore year, and saw limited playing time during my junior and senior years.

I would have liked to become a key role player my senior year, but a current NBA superstar by the name of Stephen Curry was recruited to the Davidson team.

Stephen Curry shocked the ENTIRE country with his performances as a freshman and has gone on to have a successful NBA career with the Golden State Warriors.

My mental strength and resolve allowed me to get through these difficult moments as a bench warmer. Even though I wasn’t a starter or got much playing time, I worked harder than anyone in training to improve my game and be the BEST teammate possible.

Davidson’s Head Coach, Bob McKillop was a massive fan of my efforts and work habits. My leadership skills, personality, willingness to improve, and dedication to the sport persuaded Coach McKillop to help me find a professional basketball team overseas to play for or at least get a tryout after college.

Coach McKillop reached out to his contacts in Europe and found me a place on a European basketball team. He spoke with Sean Kilmartin, General Manager of the USA Select Basketball Association, who helped me find a spot on the Kings Lynn Fury’s team in the United Kingdom.

Coach McKillop’s personal recommendation went a long way to making this happen. He spoke to Mr. Kilmartin about my skills as a man and a basketball player.

Sean Kilmartin and the USA Select Basketball Association, helps talented basketball players earn professional contracts overseas by allowing those players to showcase their basketball skills in front of European college coaches. 

It might not have been the NBA, but I was thrilled to play basketball in England’s Basketball League, one of the top leagues in the United Kingdom.

The sport has taken off in England, and the quality of competition improved over the years. More than that, my DREAM of playing professional basketball had finally become a reality.

Playing Professional Basketball in Europe

I spent a year in Kings Lynn, where I led all point guards in the league in points, assists, steals and rebounds.

After that yeaoverseas basketball contractr, I decided to pursue another career away from basketball. I had my daughter, so I took my talents back home to be a dad. Through the blessings of God, I was able to achieve a MAJOR goal in my life.

Despite rarely playing in college, I earned a professional basketball contract overseas. Without God’s hand, my family, Davidson College & Coach Mckillop, my hard-work, and persistence I wouldn’t have been on the path to achieve my goals and dreams.

Sean Kilmartin and the USA Select Overseas Basketball Program

Sean Kilmartin’s – USA Select Basketball Program

If you are interested in playing professional basketball overseas, Sean Kilmartin helps players fulfill their dreams by playing against overseas teams, showcasing your talents, and trying out.

Now, let’s get to what you came for! Here is a step-by-step guide on how to play professional basketball overseas. 

How do I know?

Because I did it…


Tips for Playing Professional Basketball Overseas

A lot of players ask, can I still play professional basketball overseas without going to college or having college experience?

The answer is YES!

I have several friends that have done it! Sometimes it isn’t about what you know, but WHO you know that will vouch for your game. Like coach Mckillop did with me with Sean Kilmartin!

There are a lot of professional overseas basketball opportunities for players looking to take their skills to the next level.

Europe offers great opportunities for basketball players to play basketball and get paid for it.

Don’t stop chasing your dreams to play in the NBA, but you definitely have to keep your options open as a small percentage of the players across the world actually play in the NBA.

The thing that you need to do is to understand what this means for someone who might consider playing basketball overseas.

Players need to understand the appropriate steps that they will need to take in order to succeed in this venture.

Here are some tips that will help players become equipped with the leverage to take control of their future as a professional basketball player overseas.

1. Get a Basketball Agent

While there have likely been some basketball players going overseas and playing successfully on teams without an agent, it only really hurts you to operate without one.

An agent has a specific role to play in all of this, and it is PROTECTING your best interests and seeing that you are getting appropriately compensated for what you might have been agreed upon and what your talent level provides.

Your agent is your mouthpiece, your representative, and often times your BIGGEST advocate when dealing with basketball clubs overseas.

They will be the ones who are able to help you find tryout opportunities and contracts overseas.

They also have other players that they represent and they have dealt with a lot of European teams, so they know how to MAXIMIZE your contract.

Here is a great list of the top European basketball agents.

2. Have a Highlight Tape

The very best way to start spreading the news about your skills and accomplishments as a basketball player is to mail off a highlight tape of these achievements.

This will give people responsible for the team a chance to see you in action in many different scenarios and appreciate firsthand the kind of impact that you can have as a member of their squad.

Take time with the creation of this highlight tape, and make sure that it is edited so that there are no dull moments. You have got to show new potential teams your assets both offensively and defensively.

While everyone likes someone who is a hot shooter and can score a lot of points that is only half of the game. If you do not show them you are capable of defending as well, and that you are the ENTIRE package, this could cause them to lose interest.

How are you a unique player, thousands of other players are submitting their highlight tape as well?

My good friend D Man creates the most inexpensive sport’s highlight tapes on the planet, check him out. You can’t beat a highlight tape that will cost you between $5-$50, most highlight video services will charge you an arm and leg.

You can check D Man out on fiverr.com and the video in this article, is the highlight tape that he created for me.

3. Stay Focused by Continuing to Workout

Making sure you stay conditioned and always ready for an overseas tryout opportunity will be key in landing a coveted spot on a professional European basketball team.

Typically, there are only two American players per European team, so you have to be more conditioned than everyone else in the tryout pool.

You have to keep working out harder and striving to improve in areas that need the most improvements. When the tryout comes or you sign your contract, it is not an opportunity that will happen twice for the same team barring any extraordinary circumstances.

So, you have to be at your performance peak to show off everything you are able to offer.

4. Preparing to Go Abroad

So, you’ve gotten onto an overseas basketball team and now you are curious what to do next.

The very first thing is to get your VISA affairs in order. You have to get yourself approved and eligible to travel abroad and live in another country conditionally by being employed through the team.

This might take time, so be sure to act quickly upon the finalization of a contract agreement.

You have an opportunity to play the game you love and make serious money playing basketball overseas.

If you work hard and stay at the top of your game, this could be a career move that can have lifelong ramifications, such as future coaching opportunities back in the United States or abroad as well.

So work hard and stay focused, the opportunity is yours to take.

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12 Responses to “Overseas Basketball”

  1. Andre Jefferson

    I really would like to play overseas right after high school is there anyway to get an agent like some tips on getting one

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    • Lamar Hull

      Andre – thanks for the response. This will definitely be one of the next articles that I write. Going overseas straight out of high school is a lot tougher as overseas clubs look for players to sign with more collegiate experience. I do have a few friends that did it, so it is not impossible. If you have the talent, a lot of it is about who you know and networking with coaches who have connections with overseas basketball clubs, trying out for travel basketball services such as; USA Select Basketball and trying to earn a overseas basketball contract by playing against some of these teams overseas, another option is finding an agent. I would say LinkedIn or even Google search such as: “overseas basketball agent”, would be a good start. A lot of these agents will know you are ready straight out of high school before they take any chance. Having highlight tapes and good film of your skill set in a team environment would be necessary. Lastly, do some research on lower level basketball clubs in Europe and email them directly by going to their website, emailing them and then sending your video. Going straight out of high school is a much tougher route, but i will get some more thoughts from friends who actually did it and get back to you. Thanks!

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  2. Mike Henderson

    I am really trying to go overseas to play basketball, but my issue, it seems, is a pretty severe one. As I moved from Cali to Texas, I did not get to play in HS because I had to make up a few classes due to the difference in credit systems between the states. So because of this, I do not have a highlight tape, nor do I have any type of film that I can use to send to any team, agent, or manager. How can I still find a way to make it, even though everyone is telling me its near impossible because of this. I am NOT going to give up, and I will NOT be discouraged.

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    • Lamar Hull

      Mike – that’s tough and I’m not looking to discourage you. The best advice I have is find a traveling team that will allow you to tryout, if you make the team, you will have to pay them for traveling expenses to Europe and then you showcase your talents to European clubs in a team game to potentially earn a spot. The one I know of here is USA Select Basketball. Hope that helps!

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  3. John Brown

    How do I get in contact with people about playing basket ball overseas

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  4. Britney Bowman

    Hello Lamar Hull,my name is britney bowman I am 16 year old I haven’t played in high school up until this point which I plan on playing my senior year of high school. I want to go overseas, I don’t have film and nothing but hear say and coaches don’t want to hear what you can do they want to see what you can do. What do I go from here? I’m really interested in Pace University which has a D2 women’s basketball program. Can I go overseas from a D2 OR D3 program or does it have to be D1? If I don’t get any offers after college to play overseas what are my next steps? Playing on a semi-pro league? Going to a camp? I want to keep my dream and I am willing to do whatever it takes to make my dream a reality. Also if I get the amazing opportunity to play overseas can I then go to the WNBA? does overseas players go to the wnba? Please help me on what my next steps should be THANK YOU SO MUCH YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION!

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    • Lamar Hull

      Thanks Britney for the comment. You can go overseas from any collegiate level. You definitely need to make a highlight tape, I would say for you it is about who you know. Who are the people in your corner that may have the right connections to help you get an opportunity to play in college. I will say first thing is play in HS and play very well, so you are noticed by colleges. Then play in college and play at a high level, if your game shines amongst the crowd, an overseas contract will be inevitable.

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  5. Julesis Rivas

    Where can I find an agent?

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    • Lamar Hull

      LinkedIn is a great place to network with basketball agents. Also go to Google and search for “European basketball agents” and a ton of websites you can go through will provide valuable options.

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  6. Carl Taylor

    Im currenty a senior playing at Utica College at the Division III level. Really looking to continue playing after this year. Any tips and advice would be helpful

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    • Lamar Hull

      Great to hear Carl. The Overseas Basketball article that you commented on provides some valuable next steps to play professionally overseas. Thanks!

      Reply

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