Dominic Gilbert remains at UEMC Real Valladolid after both parties have reached an agreement for the renewal of the contract. The Australian-Croatian forward, who arrived with the season already underway, made a huge impact on the team and the league, which has not gone unnoticed. However, and despite having important offers from important clubs, the ’88’ will play a second season in Pisuerga and the blanquivioleta project is taking shape with seven players already signed.
Dominic Gilbert (Hong Kong, February 28, 1996) joined UEMC Real Valladolid Basketball in February and has played a total of 17 games with the blanquivioleta. His irruption was total from the first moment and this is confirmed by his averages: 9.8 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists and a PIR of 9.6 in the regular league.
But, as if that were not enough, in the playoffs against the almighty Movistar Estudiantes, he took a huge step forward and grew to 11 points (61.3% shooting from two and 100% free throws), 6 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 14 valuation credits. The Australian-Croatian forward thus closed the season in style, confirming himself as one of the
the most differential players in the category during the last stretch of the competition. In addition, the intensity and work of him behind him also make him an essential asset in the defensive section.
He is currently playing with the Sutherland Sharks Basketball of Australia, a team that competes in the NBL1 of the oceanic country.
His good season and appearance in the league have helped him to receive important offers from important clubs, but finally Dominic Gilbert stays in Pisuerga with UEMC Real Valladolid Baloncesto and joins Sergio de la Fuente, Jaan Puidet, Melwin Pantzar, Jordy Kuiper, Alejandro Mazaira, and Herve Kabasele. The continuity of the project, guaranteed.
Pick up the pace of last season
Thus, Dominic Gilbert will continue at UEMC Real Valladolid Baloncesto, something that is a source of joy for him and for the Club. “I feel happy and excited. It is great to return to Valladolid, it has been a great experience living the last months of the season. Even though we qualified for the playoffs, I have a feeling we could have done more. We finished the league very strong, with a run of nine wins from ten games, and we all feel that the goal this year has to be to go as far as possible. The vision of Pepe Catalina and Paco García for the team and for me individually is one of the main reasons for my renewal. It gives me a good opportunity to continue developing as a basketball player and keep improving my game. I am deeply grateful to the people at the Club who have been in contact with me to make my renewal work. I am excited to return to Pisuerga. I think about the way we lost against Estudiantes, I think we could have done more, and I feel motivated to come back and do things well this year and pick up where we left off as a team. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone and starting training. Pepe Catalina has dedicated a lot of time to make this work and that all parties are satisfied, and I am happy for the effort he has made, as are the Club and Paco, who has had the faith in me to come back, so I am very grateful to both because they are two very important factors. I had many other options, but these two very professional people, who have fully trusted, are an important factor. Valladolid is a beautiful city, the people are great and it is another reason to renew. It’s the best decision for me and for my career, I hope we win as many games as possible and that we go far in the playoffs for promotion”.
How could it be otherwise, coach Paco García also showed his joy at the continuity of a player called to make a difference during this course. “The renewal of Dominic Gilbert is excellent news for the entire UEMC Real Valladolid Baloncesto, his fans and the coaching staff. He arrived at the end of February and, after a few logical weeks of acclimatizing to a basketball different from the one he was playing, he has given an excellent performance. He has put at the service of the team his imposing physique, his rebounding ability and his increasingly better outside shot, allowing him to be one of the important forwards in the final stretch of the last LEB Oro. His numbers with more than ten points per game, almost six rebounds and a PIR of 11 confirm this and he can become one of the important forwards next season. It is excellent news within the backbone of this UEMC Real Valladolid Baloncesto”.