The veteran blue point guard Ricardo Úriz has announced that he will put an end to his sports career at the end of this season, after 23 years competing as a professional. At 40, the Navarrese will say goodbye to basketball at the Tizona University of Burgos on May 16 in the way he always wanted, on a court. Ricardo will leave behind a long career that began at the end of the 90s and in which he has played in some of the best teams in the country. In his long time in the ACB he played 357 games, while in LEB Oro he achieved a total of five promotions with three different clubs.
Formed in the quarry of the Alvecón Maristas de Pamplona, ??he took his first steps in the elite of national basketball in the ranks of Saski Baskonia when he was just 18 years old. After passing through the CB Villa de los Barrios de Cádiz, he returned to the ACB at the hands of CB Valladolid. He continued to grow as an athlete in Basket Zaragoza and Bilbao Basket, where he achieved his first promotion. His career continued in the Basque Country, when he joined the ranks of Guipuzkoa Basket with whom he would experience two other promotions in six seasons. In 2011 he returned to Valladolid and, a year later, began the first of his three seasons at CB Canarias.
After passing through the CB Fuenlabrada, he went down a step to return to San Sebastián, again in LEB Oro and with whom he would once again achieve the category promotion award. However, his career continued in Galicia, at CB Breogán, with whom he would return a year later to the ACB. After finishing his last year in the Spanish top league, he returned to the LEB Oro with Cáceres Ciudad del Baloncesto. When he was 40 years old, he did not want to say goodbye to basketball off the court due to the health pandemic and ended up at the Tizona University of Burgos.
In this last season in the azulón team, the Navarrese has shared the work of creation with captain Ayoze Alonso, being the second maximum assistant of the team after the Canarian player himself. In his 19 games played so far he has averaged 19 minutes, 5 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds and 6 PIR credits. There are still three games left for the conclusion of the league, in which you can say goodbye to professionalism in front of your fans. The last of them will take place on the weekend of May 16 in El Plantío against Real Murcia Baloncesto.
Ricardo Úriz wanted to thank the support received during these years from his loved ones and all his colleagues, and has detailed in the following statement what these more than two decades as a professional athlete have meant for him:
“My body asks me to rest. They have been 23 very intense seasons. The moment has come. I am retiring as a professional basketball player. Thanks to my family and friends for always being there. Thank you Ainara for accompanying me on this path and always being by my side. Without your support, all this would have been impossible and I have been able to fulfill another dream, that my children, Aimar, Izan and Julen, have the memory of watching me play. And finally, thanks to all the people who have trusted me: coaches, teammates, fans, journalists, managers … I am proud of all the steps I have taken and of having delivered myself in each project and field in which I have been . Not in my best dreams would I have imagined being able to play until I was 40 years old. I have enjoyed every second to the fullest and I feel privileged to have lived this hectic adventure. I hope they remember me as a good teammate, a stubborn, an involved guy and, above all, a passionate about this sport. The time has come to step aside, but I know that we will always go hand in hand. Thank you / Eskerrik asko / Thank you, basketball ”.
The Tizona University of Burgos is proud to have been able to count on a player of the stature of Ricardo Úriz in its ranks, thanks him for the work and dedication shown since his arrival at the club and wishes him the best of luck in his future projects.