NBA’s second-greatest skill combination moves to DFW

DUNCANVILLE, Texas (KDAF) — Before the NBA draft and blockbuster picks were made, the world’s top prospects traveled to the Dallas area — this time for the first NBA-sanctioned combination in Texas.

In mid-May, the DFW Metroplex attracted some of the most talented prospects in the world.

“We have guys from different parts of Africa and Europe,” said veteran basketball player and camp director Ty Ellis. “They all have this dream. Everything big is Texas. Why not bring the biggest combine outside of the Chicago Draft right here in Dallas, TX. It is easy to land in and out of it. It’s a perfect scenario for us. The talent, the adhesion of the agents and the players have been tremendous.

“We have guys from different parts of Africa and Europe,” Ellis said.

For young players, a newly NBA-sanctioned suit means another chance to show off their game – while being broadcast live around the world.

“To show these guys who might not be seen elsewhere or who might not be invited to other combines or practices for teams,” said Mike Bibby, NBA legend and combine coach. “They have a video of these guys that they can distribute and they want to see players. They can hand them out, so I think it’s great for kids.

Bibby coached Team 1 with promising players like Royce Hamm Jr.

“I know the game pretty well,” Bibby said. “I just try to give them information on what I see they might need to work on or things in the game they need to work on.”

Bibby was able to offer guidance and motivation to young players like top prospect Hamm junior – highly regarded veterans like Bibby and Mike Thorne coached every team.

Royce Hamm Jr., a Houston native and former Longhorns player, recently played for UNLV – but is looking to get into the League.

“It was huge having Mike Bibby as our coach,” Hamm Jr. said. “He’s been picking our brains all weekend to give us little insights into situations if we’re playing too fast or too slow. Had us at an incredible pace. Clearly worked because we were able to win two games.

“Just the little details about the rules and how you play defense in different situations,” he said. “Just leadership and conversation, always competitive every minute.”

But the young males were also able to compete with the vets in Duncanville.

The NTX Combine took place at Duncanville Fieldhouse.

“You have millions of children trying to play basketball”, There are about 400 people in the world who can do it. It’s not as easy as people think. When they go out, they usually only see the bright sides – they don’t see all the work they’ve done behind closed doors. How you should be a role model – keep your name clean. Things like that.”

Ellis advised the young players to stay focused.

“Everything between your ears,” Ellis said. “Physical attributes go without saying. Everything is mental. Professional sport is a lonely business. You play for a living. These guys are all out of college so it’s like a brotherhood. Professional sports is a business and you are a brand.

Pete Michael is a co-founder of the NTX combine and a former Dallas maverick. creating that kind of environment was Pete’s vision for the tournament and bringing it to the metroplex.

“These kids come here, their hotel, their food and their flight are paid for,” Michael said. “Just go out and put on a good show. I could watch this all day. We know North Texas loves basketball. This makes it a bigger event. Something to do in May in good weather, go out and enjoy the basketball. Come see the future players of today. There are three or four players who will be drafted from this combination.

Pete says the combine is in the area to stay.

“I think it’s a great fan base,” Michael said. “Frisco is Sports Town, USA. I believe that having lived there, I know that they will support this event, whether it’s here in Duncanville, whether it’s in Prosper, McKinney. I plan to move this north to McKinney, Frisco.

This likely isn’t the last NBA-sanctioned combine in North Texas. For Mavs fans, that just means more basketball.