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International Basketball Scams on the RISE: Don’t fall Prey to the Predator  

Since writing my first article on International Basketball Scams, I have received emails about possible scams and I can tell you the Scammers are still at large looking for Dream Chasers like yourself.  I created the International Basketball Workshop for International basketball Dream Chasers. Please invest in educating yourself on the business of playing International Basketball and how to avoid becoming a victim of the popular international scam.

My workshop contains valuable information and allows athletes an opportunity to use me as a sounding board on issues that directly pertain to International basketball.  If you come across a contact or contract that you don’t think is legit, you need to watch my workshop.  Everything you need to know is covered in the International Basketball Success Workshop of join our Facebook group.

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In the meantime, please review some of the emails I received regarding International Basketball scams over the past few months, the threat is real:

My girlfriend got an offer to play ball overseas in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The man sent her an email Sept 23, and she quickly responded. He even said they’ll pay for her ticket just send $110 to whomever. She paid the agent and also went and got her passport.  She is still waiting for a response from him since last week (it’s going on two weeks since she’s communicated with this guy) and she’s been messaging him, and he will not respond. Do you think it’s a scam?

Dr. Mark: Yes this is a Scam!

Hi, I saw your article on overseas basketball scams, and I have a guy who initially wrote me on Facebook asking if I wanted to play basketball in China. Now, when I asked for the agency the man worked for he told me he worked for Ingle Wood basketball agency based out of the UK. I did some research and couldn’t find anything on this agency.

Dr. Mark: Yes this is a Scam!

I searched the team that was on the form he sent which was called the “Nanjin Army” china- NBL team. So I saw that the team was legit. But I don’t know what this man’s connection is to them. I have tried to speak on the phone with him, but he keeps avoiding the conversation. I think this may be a scam but would like to know for sure?

Dr. Mark: Yes this is a Scam!

This “agent” Raynell Brown has been contacting me for CREFF MADRID women’s basketball team. Today he said I had to fill out a medical form and a copy of my passport.  The insurance emailed me the medical form and he asked me to send him $520 for the tryout to the Western Union.  He called me this morning with an unknown number saying I had to do it today.  I want to play overseas is this a scam?

Dr. Mark: Yes this is a Scam!

Hello, I just got offered to play for CB Salt in Liga Eba in Spain. They said they are paying for the flight, but I have to send them $355 for a Visa. They want me to send it through PayPal to an email address.  The agents that contacted me about this job were Jorge Sanchez and Sergei Fernandez. Does this sound like a scam?

Dr. Mark: Yes this is a Scam!

I was contacted by an agent who claims to work for Leicester Riders can you please let me know if this contract is fake please can you look over it.  Do you think this is a scam?

Dr. Mark: Yes this is a Scam!

I have recently been in contact with a scout/agent who works with Bizkaia  Bilbao  basketball club in Spain asking me to send $400 through the Western Union for medical insurance so I am just trying to see if it is legit and if I should move forward.  If I could forward you the emails, I received from them so you can verify them that would be great.

Dr. Mark: Yes this is a Scam!

 

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Dr. Mark Robinson competed on the collegiate level for Indiana University and later played international basketball in Europe, Asia and Central America.  He is currently the Sr. Director of The Institute for Personal Player Development and a Personal Player Development expert.  He can be reached on:

Twitter: @drmarkppd

Email: drmark@ppdmag.com

 

 

 

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The Joe Asberry Project 

Joe Asberry left the USA in 1991 to play international basketball and has not been back since.  He has played in Switzerland, Japan, Germany, Finland and Luxembourg and to this day lives in Berlin.  He is currently a social worker, who is an international guest speaker on drug prevention and sports motivation.

Dr. Mark: Why are your youtube videos so Hard Core?

Mr. Asberry: I try and just keep it real and its a rage.  I really felt I was not treated fairly in the college system.  I also think it stems from my experience at Pepperdine University where I was redshirted and then the next year they shipped me out!  Now, I made mistakes, but I think they could have had someone on campus working with me on the issues I had.  It was clear that I had a substance abuse problem back then as well as a lot of other guys on the team. I won’t name names, lol.  The reason I am speaking after years is to show them they did not stop me from achieving my goal. I also want to help educate and inspire the next generation of ballers.

Dr. Mark: Playing basketball in Europe, what are the key issues athletes need to understand?

Mr. Asberry: One, off the court issues

Financial Issues:  are you going to get your money on time or at all and most often players money is late.

Health Issues:  Most teams have health coverage but I have heard too many stories of guys getting hurt and soon after, they are released from the club.

Social Issues: The club life will kill you and the women really, really are interested in you and I have seen guys get caught up in that and I was one of them but the social seen didn’t dictate my success.  Some guys can handle it but some guys can’t.

Cultural Issues: Athletes coming abroad have to be willing to embrace the culture.  The American culture is something they should leave in the USA, if not players never last on the international level.

Mr. Asberry: Two, on the court issues

Coaching and communication: some coaches don’t speak english and so it makes it tough to communicate in games.

Knowledge of the game of basketball:  Many of the coaches don’t understand the game in the same manner that US coaches do.

Teammates: Most of the teammates will be envious of your journey through basketball development and the major factor is your American and most Americans playing abroad get all the attention.

Knowledge of the game of basketball: the international rules are different and the style of play is a bit more technical from a fundamental stand point.  The USA has athletes on the court but many cant think the game.  The international game involves a lot more thinking while playing as oppose to just playing.

Dr. Mark: Can we expect more, of Joe’s Basketball Diary in 2016?

Bet on it, LoL…..

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