ORn profile of WhatsApp can say many things. In the of Ziga Samar, Slovenian base of Urbas Fuenlabrada, there is a photo of a two or three year old boy sitting on a basketball. “Yes, it’s me,” he says with a good Spanish learned since arrived in 2017 to the quarry of a Real Madrid which is measured this Sunday (12.30 pm).

“I do not remember at what age I started in basketball, but very young,” he recalls. I went to the games of his father, who played for Novo Mesto. Also practiced ice hockey, tennis and chess. The first abandoned him due to the risk of injury, the second is one of his hobbies out of season and the third plays ‘online’ or when he meets someone. “It was good and it helps me on the track,” he says.

It’s impossible to compare yourself to Doncic. He is him and there is no other like him

Ziga Samar, base of Urbas Fuenlabrada

The phrase that accompanies the profile says “At the gym”. And it almost always is. “He is a milk worker. One of the first to arrive at training sessions and of the last to leave. He always asks for extra work, “they say at Fuenla.” If they think that, it must be true, “jokes the 1.97-meter point guard, aware that he has to” improve in everything. I still do not stand out in anything special. I have to work a lot “.

With that attitude, Samar has, with only 20 years, more and more weight in Fuenlabrada. He averages 14 minutes per game, 2.8 points, 3.2 assists and gives the team great intensity that is helped by his powerful physique. In the last match against him UCAM Murcia beat its tops in Liga Endesa in minutes (almost 27) and valuation (15). “I feel more and more important, but I can’t stop here and settle for this,” says the former Real Madrid youth squad, who dreams of playing in the Euroleague.

Against Madrid it is a difficult game, but we play at home and if we do what the coach asks of us, we can win

Ziga Samar, base of Urbas Fuenlabrada

He arrived at the white club with 16 years after try at Barça and Joventut. “The worst was the language,” he acknowledges. Matched with Usman Garuba, Mario Nakic, Matteo Spagnolo, Boris Tisma and other blackbirds, but he did not make his first team debut. Young Slovenian point guard who triumphs in the Madrid quarry, as he was champion of the ANGT of the Euroleague in 2018 and MVP of the Junior Spanish Championship. Features I shared with Luka doncic. “It is impossible to compare himself. He is him and there is no other equal,” he considers on the basis of the Mavericks, with whom he has agreed on occasion, “although we have no personal relationship.”

Of Atlético especially for Jan Oblak

Next to Sarunas Jasikevicius and Dimitris Diamantidis, Doncic is one of his references and follows him in detail. “We Slovenians knew how good Luka was and that he was going to do well in the NBA, but almost nobody would think about what he is achieving. And he still has to improve. He is going to be very big,” glimpses the point guard, a follower of another compatriot: the goalkeeper Jan Oblak. “I’m from Atleti especially because of him”, he confesses.

I feel more and more important, but I can’t stand here and settle for this

Ziga Samar, base of Urbas Fuenlabrada

At 18, Samar had to leave Madrid. Due to age, he could not continue in the junior category and in the team of Endesa League it had no hole. In 2019 signed for Fuenla for four seasons, being the first on loan at Zamora de LEB Plata. “It was a shame not being able to continue there, but this opportunity came out for me and I am happy.” Today it is measured at its origins in “a difficult game, but we play at home and if we do what the coach asks of us, we can win.”

Via Marca.com