Premiere Select tour team (Germany and Czech Republic 2007):
Premiere Sports, L.L.C. proudly congratulates the 2007 Premiere Select Team on the their successful trip to Germany and Czech Republic. The 2007 Premiere Select tour team played 6 games, 4 in Germany, and 2 in the Czech Republic. Germany article
(From left to right-hometown in parentheses): Mike Ifill (Boston), Oral Francis (Boston), Vince Johnson (Atlanta), Kenny Mickens (Virginia), Michael Hadley (Indiana), and Tony Apkan (Portland, Oregon).
Early start: Michael Hadley enjoys a stop over in New York city before joining the 2007 Premiere Select team. video
Just like home: 2007 Premiere Select team meet in Dublin and take in the familiar surroundings of the McDonald's in Ireland.
"Hello Dublin": The 2007 Premiere Select team perpare to go and later see the sights in downtown Dublin.
Irish cuisine: The 2007 Premiere Select team relax at a local restaurant. video1 video2
"One jump shot away": Oral Francis and Kenny Mickens imagine the good life at a display in the connecting flight in London.
#1 Fan: A premiere fan in London. video
Great reception: Chemnitz general manager, Rayk Lorz, and his nice assistant show the team to their lodging.
Inspiration: Michael Hadley and Kenny Mickens guide campers on team work, while Michael Ifill and Oral Francis instruct on the need to know the fundamentals.
Concentration: Chemnitz general manager, Rayk Lorz, prepares for the evening's events.
Pregame excitement: Chemnitz and 2007 Premiere Select remain focused before tip-off. video
Hand delivered: Tony Apkan is met by representatives of the Dreseden team.
Next stop: Premiere players are met by Decin assistant manager, Lukas, glance at their new surroundings, and Mike Ifill becomes a good will ambassador to a young fan.
On the way: 2007 Premiere Select team have a nice view on their way to the game versus Decin, and Michael Hadley signs an autograph for an eagerly awaiting fan.
Game time: video Kenny Mickens proudly poses with Decin players, but also former fellow Pfeiffer University teammates.
Already GREEN: Germany shows why they are one of the world leaders in having an eco-friendly environment with the windturbines that seem to touch the sky. And nearby, there is a nice sized amusement park.
MBC/Premiere Select basketball clinic 2007: Kenny Mickens signs autographs for his young fans, Michael Hadley points out the importance of court awareness, while in the background Vince Johnson gives some hints on ball handling. Mike Ifill excites his campers with some fun shooting competitions, and all campers are enthused and focused with the guidance of the 2007 Premiere Select team.
Mutual support: After a great game against team MBC, the fans show their pride for their home team, while also acknowledging the efforts of the Premiere Select players, Vince Johnson and Kenny Mickens.
No rest for the weary: Michael Hadley looks to stay active, while Vince Johnson and Oral Francis work to remain strong before the next game in Dusseldorf.
"Little Paris": Mike Ifill, Kenny Mickens, and Vince Johnson await a quality meal, and Tony, mangaer of the well-known International Sports Arena, gives the team a good send off after an entertaining stay in Dusseldorf (known as the "little Paris" in Germany).
Premiere Sports, LLC would like to give a special thanks to Ryak Lorz, his assistant, and Chemnitz; Coach Thomas, and the Dresden team, special thanks to Lukas, and the Decin team; special thanks to our good friends Martin, assistant Pascal, and the entire MBC organization; Coach Gary Sheppard, the Dusseldorf Magic, and manager Tony and his staff at the International Sports Arena; and to all the fans. Thanks for your support and making it a successful tour. We look forward to seeing and competing again soon. All the BEST from Premiere Sports, LLC.