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Rob Dauster: What’s in it for overseas teams

Skal Labissiere

After Emmanuel Mudiay signed his $1.2 million deal in China, there was worry it might become a trend. That worry was escalated when recruit Skal Labissiere said going overseas was an option for him. Rob Dauster took a stand against players going overseas for a year with an opinion piece on why the chances are slim for it to become a habit.

“There simply isn’t all that much of a market for these guys abroad, particularly in Europe. When we’re talking about guys who can go pro overseas and make seven-figures, we’re talking about the elite of the elite. Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Jahlil Okafor, Mudiay. In a strong class, you’re looking at maybe five to seven guys who are worth consideration.”


He also makes a valid argument on how unfair it is the overseas teams are used and get nothing in return for accepting the players. A player fresh out of high school is not ready to contribute major minutes, they would just be overpowered by the good teams.

A smart European team could start to flip American players for profit, signing them to $200,000-$300,000 contracts with $600,000 buyouts, the max an NBA team is allowed to pay. In theory, that makes sense.In practice, it doesn’t.If we’re going to be honest here, we need to acknowledge that any incoming freshman talented enough to garner that kind of deal from a European team has the avenues to get paid just as much, if not more, while he’s in college, and I say that without a shred of sarcasm.

You can read the full article and his views on Labissiere going overseas to play here.



Article written by Courtney Hessler

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5 Comments for Rob Dauster: What’s in it for overseas teams

  1. idiots abound
    1:42 pm July 27, 2014 Permalink

    Top 5-10 players in hs every year could easily be swayed by overseas teams and programs. This does not have to a new trend to hurt UK. With a coach that relies on the most talented players out there this would be a huge setback to our program. Take out a few elites every year and see what happens. Love our team and love our coach but anyone with half a brain wouls know our team would struggle with a team that is comprised of 2nd tier hs players. It could work if coach adapts but that most likely would not happen. We should all be aware of this and not be so wrapped up in all things UK to realize what this could mean. Will it happen. Probably not. But to dismiss it is absurd and second rate yellow journalism.

  2. JPhelps
    2:07 pm July 27, 2014 Permalink

    All you said #1 is correct, 100% but ultimately, its the kid’s choice if he chooses to go get paid for his family. Hell, with the NCAA as corrupt as it is, picking and choosing who isn’t eligible and arbitrarily enforcing the rules they choose to enforce, if I had the talent to go or if my son had that option, you’re an idiot if you don’t take it. Sure, they are young kids, but its their choice.

  3. WTF?!
    4:20 pm July 27, 2014 Permalink

    Yes, idiots do abound. Cal has been successful with the top guys. If the top 10 every year went pro/overseas Cal would stil get the same proportion of the next ten as he does now. How would anything change?

    • CATandMONKEY
      7:14 pm July 27, 2014 Permalink


  4. GrumpyOldDude
    5:08 pm July 27, 2014 Permalink

    I don’t think it becomes a trend. Rarely is any US-born-and-raised 18 y/o kid ready to live abroad in a foreign country. Mundiay and Labissiere are clear exceptions, growing up abroad and only being in the US for a short time.