for a long time, the Spanish basketball could not see a project as Santi Aldama. A player of 2.11 so agile and coordinated, with the fluidity to move around and attack from the outside… There is comparison very recurrent when talking about Aldama, but before you shoot the pressure without the sense to remember that, a few days after leading the Spanish team to the gold at the European u-18 and proclaimed MVP of the tournament, will be heading to the United States. No Spanish team has offered him a better alternative and there you can get around to it with their university studies.
Aldama, they lit the way to the gold with performances like that left by Croatia in the group stage: 16 points, 14 rebounds, 6 assists, 7 plugs, and 3 robberies, although where it was noted was in the great moments: in the quarter did derail Russia with 17 points in the first part; broke the semi-finals against Greece with a great third quarter; and went round to the final against Turkey. The European u-18 has been his great confirmation, as the great pearl of the Spanish basketball.
A pearl that will continue to be refined in the United States. Although he played the Minicopa of 2015 with the Herbalife Gran Canaria, the Euroleague junior and the prestigious Tournament of L’hospitalet with the club, and there was also the interest of Real Madrid, Aldama completed his training at the Canterbury Academy-a school Canaria which in recent years has been gaining weight in lower categories – and the past month of November he committed to the University of Loyola Maryland.
Is an alternative to start making more promises Spanish. In fact, you will share a computer with another member of this gold u-18, Golden Dike, a power forward from Malaga, formed in the lower categories of Unicaja and Real Madrid. It is a pathway that gains strength because it allows them to combine sport with studies (Aldama will do business) and because in the Spanish basketball the minute for young people are expensive.
Alocén, the exception
In that landscape stands out, even more, the figure of Carlos Alocén, leader of the Spanish team that won silver at the European u-20. The base Aragones has already started to take off in 2018 and this season, with the confidence of Porfirio Fisac, has established itself as one of the directors of the Casademont Zaragoza. A player with a privileged view and with only 19 years has been prominent enough for Real Madrid, he has cast the tie. Yes, it will continue to loan at least one more year in the set size.
But in the case of Alocén is an exception. Few find a clear path to the first team and this summer we’ve seen promises like Aleix Font (Brose Bamberg) and Sergi Garcia (Rasta Vechta) look at Germany, the continuity and the opportunities that have not been here.
it’s not likely to be the case of Usman Garuba, the other great promise of the Spanish basketball. The forward of Real Madrid takes a few years, emphasizing in the lower categories and was the other great star of Spain in the European under-18. The last season since he made his debut with the white team in the Endesa League and, although it is still in the junior category, it does seem that in the medium term will have the opportunity to become hollow.
Now that the Spanish basketball looks at life without the juniors of gold, your senses are tuned looking for the relay. And this summer, the first without the generation of the 80 -Navarro already played the Games in Sydney 2000, has seen the shine to his three major projects of the future.