ANDhe TD Systems Saski Baskonia has confirmed this morning that Ilimane Diop is leaving the discipline of the Vitoria club, thus ending a relationship that has lasted more than a decade.
The Senegalese player landed in Vitoria in 2010, at the age of 16, to become part of the Baskonia youth squad. After two seasons at the Baskonia Foundation, as cadet and junior, Diop divided the 2012-2013 season between LEB Plata (Aurtenetxe Maquinaria) and EBA UPV Alava), before debuting with the Baskonia first team in 2013-2014.
Since then, 451 matches have been played by the pivot in ACB (258) and Euroleague (193) in the last 8 seasons, becoming the third player with the most appearances in the club’s history and the player with the most appearances as a Barça player. in the top European competition. Diop has also been the team captain during this last 2020-21 campaign, in which he has averaged 4.2 points and 1.6 rebounds in ACB and 1.3 points and 1.3 rebounds in Euroleague.
The departure of Diop does not come as a surprise to the Baskonia fans, given his limited and decreasing participation in Dusko Ivanovic’s rotation since the Montenegrin took the reins of the team at Christmas 2019.
In the absence of a farewell press conference, next Tuesday, July 6, it is up to the air to know what the player’s next destination will be, about which some media such as Eurohoops suggest that he could be close to Herbalife Gran Canaria ..
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