Wade Baldwin IV has been one of the signings of this summer in Europe, after averaging 15.3 points, 4 assists and 2.7 rebounds in the Euroleague with Bayern Munich and staying just one step away from qualifying his team for the Final Four. As soon as he joined the preseason of the Vitorian club, the North American base shared his first impressions and his expectations for the next season,
“I think this adventure, this trip, is going to be hard and fun, so I am excited to compete in the ACB League, in the Euroleague, bring titles, and win as many games as we can,” he said in the vicinity of his new court, the Buesa Arena. On his signing for the Basque club, he acknowledged that “from Baskonia I have only heard things about their great tradition. When I have played here in the last two seasons [con Olympiacos y Bayern Munich] it’s always been a tough team to play against. ”
This adventure is going to be tough and fun, I’m excited to compete in the ACB League, in the Euroleague, bring titles, and win as many games as we can.
Regarding the new campaign, Baldwin showed his desire to “be a player who can help the team, and contribute to achieving something great.” He defined that contribution in terms of bringing an “athletic game, lots of energy, and (laughing), wins.”
Granger, excited about his return to Vitoria
The other person in charge of the baskonista helm this next academic year 2021-2022 will be an old acquaintance of the Vitorian fans; Jayson Granger. After three seasons as a Barça player, the Uruguayan headed to Berlin, where he completed a great 2020-2021 season, winning the league and being named MVP of the finals. On this second stage in Baskonia, Granger admitted that the feeling was “like coming home. I really wanted to go back to Vitoria, to Buesa, to get that little thorn out of me that I had due to injuries during the three years I was there. here, and to show that I can play at the highest level, that I can play at a high level for this team and put this club as high as possible. “
Regarding the team project, Granger described it as “very exciting. It is true that there are quite a few new faces coming, players that I have faced this season, or in previous seasons.” Among those new faces is a teammate of his at Alba last season, Simone Fontecchio, whom he defined as “a great friend, roommate, and teammate. I think he’s going to surprise many, he has had some incredible Olympic Games” . Regarding the rest of the signings, he also had words for Matt Costello or Baldwin IV, of whom he considers “they have a lot of projection, a lot of future, and they have shown it in their previous teams. Hopefully this year we can all be in good tune and put Baskonia in well up “,
I really wanted to go back to Vitoria to get that little thorn that I had from the injury issue during the three years I was here, and to show that I can play at the highest level and put this club as high as possible
Asked what version of himself he wanted to see on his return, Granger was very clear: “[quiero que se vea al Granger] content and happy, the cheerful one, the one who has been able to play like this all his career, until unfortunately the issue of injuries happened. In Vitoria I was not lucky enough to avoid them, and that is why I come with that mentality of removing that thorn and giving the fans many joys, “he concluded.