The world of overseas basketball is largely unknown to Americans, but it continues to grow by leaps and bounds. Many US players find their way into careers as pro ball players by working exclusively with overseas teams. Gio Woods is a player who we first saw during a scouting session at an overseas evaluation camp, and he’s moved on to play for the team Tenerife Baloncesto in Spain, leading the team in scoring and rebounding extremely well, pushing his team to a 9-1 record and leading the conference.
The reality for US basketball players is that jobs playing basketball are hard to find and rarely last. Outside of the NBA, the money is hard to come by and teams are rarely stable. The NBA is trying to develop a farm system with the D-League, but they still haven’t figured out how to make it work, and the truth is that players can simply make more overseas, and have more opportunities.