Saturday, June 18, 2022 | 8:48 PM
Mark Marino isn’t any stranger to teaching basketball groups from america in abroad competitors.
The pinnacle coach of the Plum varsity boys basketball group the previous three seasons will make his fourth journey to Europe this week as he helps coach a group of Division I, II and III school gamers, together with Pitt forwards Will Jeffers and Nate Santos, in a collection of video games in Greece.
Marino mentioned this teaching alternative is a reasonably distinctive expertise.
“For me, I got here from a city with a pair thousand folks in it, and by no means in my wildest goals would I believe I might get an opportunity to someday coach in Europe,” mentioned Marino, who coached at Lycoming School and likewise served as a WPIAL head coach at each Brownsville and Hempfield.
“It’s a testomony to staying with the sport. I’ve been so fortunate being concerned with basketball. It’s taken me to some fairly cool locations.”
The group, underneath the path of former NBA participant and coach Darrell Walker, at the moment the top coach at Arkansas Little Rock, will participate in a two-day coaching camp at Columbia College in New York Metropolis earlier than heading to Athens for its first recreation on Thursday.
The video games, 5 or 6 in all, can be in opposition to a few of Greece’s prime skilled groups.
“I’m actually excited to be working with coach Walker,” Marino mentioned. “He’s been in every single place on this sport.”
Marino mentioned on the groups from his earlier three journeys — video games performed in France, Switzerland and Estonia — not less than a half dozen of the gamers, these similar to Quinn Cook dinner and Marshall Plumlee from Duke, went on to play within the NBA.
“Each child rising up who’s severe about basketball in all probability has a dream at one level of taking part in within the NBA,” he mentioned.
“However for a lot of of them, Europe is probably going going to be their vacation spot to play professionally. A giant objective of (sponsoring group) USA East Coast Basketball is taking guys over there to not solely expertise some high-level competitors however to additionally get them acclimated to a tradition they aren’t used to. It’s greater than in the event that they merely can play the sport professionally over there. They’re given an opportunity to decide on if they’re able to take this on.
“On earlier journeys, we’ve had scouts from all of the European leagues watching us play. They’re allowed to have conversations with our guys afterwards. It prepares them for after they get an agent and start to search for the correct match.”
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