The impact of Raquel Carrera on the Women’s National Team has been sudden. Her irruption in the Eurobasket and weeks later her debut in the Olympic Games, confirmed her as one of the great future references of the team. Unfortunately, the year has not ended as well as it started: she underwent surgery in November for a fissure in the meniscus of her left knee, and she will still be out for about five more months.
Like Maite Cazorla, who completed her university cycle in the United States and returned to Spain – at Perfumerías Avenida – has settled definitively in the National Team. His official debut this summer has been another of the great news for the team.
In which no less remarkable has been the debut of Irati Etxarri in the recent Windows, a reward for his excellent start to the season with the Cadí la Seu shirt. His MVP on the first day of the increasingly demanding and even Endesa Women’s League was the first step.
The 7 2021 debutants in the Men’s National Team have raised to no less than 36 the number of players who have made the leap to the team led by Sergio Scariolo since the Ventanas calendar was implemented in 2017. If three of them already had the opportunity After proclaiming themselves world champions in 2019 (Quino Colom, Javier Beirán and Xavi Rabaseda), Usman Garuba lived his baptism of fire in no less than the Olympic Games. His role in the immediate future of the National Team is called to be very important.
Months before the Madrid pivot, Joel Parra, Fran Guerra and Miquel Salvó wore the shirt of the Absolute for the first time, in the last two days of the qualifying phase for the Eurobasket. The three are completing an excellent season in their respective teams, both in the Endesa League and in European competition. And more recently, at the start of the route to the 2023 World Cup, Jaime Pradilla and Dani Pérez have joined #LaFamilia Yankuba Sima, the latter, the oldest of all but fundamental in the positive trajectory of Baxi Manresa . In which he is accompanied by Yankuba, whose impact in his first two games – against North Macedonia and Georgia – was spectacular. The Valencian player, for his part, has been one of the youngest to reach absolute internationality, another example of the young talent of the national player.
And the thing is that the National Team “is a wide club in which players are entering that demonstrate in national competitions or leaving our U20 deserve this opportunity”, in the words of Scariolo.