Same Name Different Game: Your Guide For A Successful European Rookie Season

Same Name Different Game: Your Guide For A Successful European Rookie Season

by Sean J. McCaw


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Since first entering the world of professional European basketball over two decades ago, Sean J. McCaw has won multiple titles, played for the Austrian national team, and coached extensively at all levels. Following a highly decorated twenty-one year career in six countries, McCaw pulls back the curtain to show the inner workings of professional basketball in Europe.

In Same Name Different Game, McCaw draws upon his own experiences to highlight key points and tips that will serve you well as you consider playing professionally in Europe. From the "Last Dance" of your senior season to your rookie debut with a European team, McCaw outlines what to expect at each stage of the process to help you become a more confident, informed player both on and off the court.

McCaw's tell-all guide reviews practical considerations like standard contract clauses, the differences between leagues and countries, and paying taxes. Worried about how to respond if you're fired during your rookie season? Confused about how to find the right agent? Same Name Different Game delves into these common career management concerns to put you at ease as you approach the bargaining table.

Whether you're a collegiate athlete, a coach hoping to lead players to the next level or a player growing tired of semi-professional leagues in America, there's no better resource than Sean J. McCaw.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783982296401
Publisher: Sean J. McCaw Literary Estate
Publication date: 08/15/2021
Pages: 134
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.31(d)

About the Author

Growing up and spending my early years in Las Vegas, Nevada, I never imagined that I would devote twenty-plus-years of my life to a basketball career as a professional player and coach at multiple levels in Europe.

After graduating from Western High School and winning a state title, I enrolled at the University of Arizona and began my basketball journey. I played one season for a Hall of Fame coach for Lute Olson but after my freshman season, I transferred to Dixie Junior College which is now Dixie State University, where I played for Dave Rose.

My story didn’t end here, instead, it took an upward trend when I joined Southern Utah University for my last two collegiate seasons and played for their all-time winningest coach Bill Evans. Although I only played two stellar seasons for the Thunderbirds, I was inducted into their Sports Hall of Fame in 2017.

While pursuing my desire of making an NBA roster, I decided to try the European market because of the NBA lockout in 1995. I spent over thirteen-years playing professionally in Austria’s first league, France’s second league, Portugal’s first league, England’s first league, Switzerland’s first league, and Germany’s first and second leagues.

I’ve won multiple titles and even played for Austria’s National team as a Neutralized Austrian citizen. After retiring as a player, I coached at various levels in Germany, including the first league, for over eight years.

Currently, I live in Germany with my family and I work as an Educator at an International School. I also finished my first book entitled Same Name Different Game: Your Guide For A Successful European Rookie Season. Though I no longer coach basketball anymore, I still have a profound love and affiliation for the game that gave me so much.

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