Spanish prospect, Eric Vila, weighs college and pro options

TORONTO -- The Basketball Without Borders roster was full of international prospects that will sign professional contracts and stay overseas, but there were a handful of players at the event looking into the collegiate route. Eric Vila, of Spain, is one of the prospects looking at his options.

Spanish forward Eric Vila has been in communication with six schools and is debating the college route, as well as a professional deal in Spain, he told Scout at Basketball Without Borders on Sunday.  

“I don’t know yet,” Vila said when asked about pursuing a college option. “I haven’t made a decision yet. I have an offer from Spain and I have to decide. It’s one opportunity that I have, but I haven’t decided anything.”

Vila, who plays for FC Barcelona's junior team, said he’s received scholarship offers from Texas A&MOregonWichita StateUtahWake Forest and Houston. The next step in his process is to set up and take college visits.

“Probably will take some visits soon to Oregon, Texas A&M, Utah, Wake Forest and Wichita State,” Vila said.

“I’ll probably set some up in the next couple of months,” he added.

At Basketball Without Borders, Vila, 17, showcased his skill and potential on the offensive end. A 6-foot-9, 200-pound fluid moving forward prospect, Vila considers his versatility his best asset.

“Probably that I can play multiple positions,” he said when asked about his strengths as a player. “I can pass. I can shoot. That’s a real strength that I have.”

Against some of the top prospects from around the world, Vila thought he more than held his own.

“I think I did a great job,” he said of his play at Basketball Without Borders. “It was difficult with these guys because all of them are very good. What I learned here is that it’s not done yet. I have a lot of work to do. I realized how the world has really good players and I have to keep working. That’s one of the things that I learned.”

Vila played for Spain in the 2014 FIBA U16 European Championships and in the 2015 FIBA U18 European Championships. In nine games of action in the U18’s this past summer, Vila averaged 3.4 points and 2.9 rebounds.

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