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Usman Garuba and Sergi Martínez are participating for the first time in a concentration of the senior men’s team. They are the two rookies of summer 2021. But two veteran rookies with the Spain jersey, who have already dressed in training categories.

Sergi Martínez (22 years old, 2.02) was international U16, U17, U18 and U20. In total he played 45 official matches in 5 Europeans and a World Cup. In three of these championships, Spain won a medal: the European U16 of 2014 (bronze), U18 of 2017 (silver) and U20 of 2019 (silver). One continental medal in each category. Sergi coincided with one of his teammates now in the concentration, Carlos Alocén, in the U17 team. “For me it is a dream to be training with these great players, the best,” said Sergi. I want to take advantage of every second of every training session to learn from these stars ”.

Usman Garuba (19 years old, 2.03) has gone through the U16 and U18 teams, with which in total he played 21 official matches in 3 Eurobasket. Of two of them he returned with a medal: the silver one in 2018 and the gold one in 2019. “Being here is something incredible,” Usman says, “I never thought it could be. So very happy and eager to work and learn with these colleagues ”.

They are not the only ones in this absolute call-up who have been international in training categories: in fact, the 18 players chosen by Sergio Scariolo – from the most veteran, Pau Gasol, to the two of them – can boast of international history and record before their arrival to the Absolute Selection.

Sergi and Usman are for now the last to have climbed all the steps of the pyramid. And the forward sums up the experience they are living like this: “Now I understand why they are called ‘The Family’, they are a group of spectacular players both on and off the court.”

SERGI MARTÍNEZ’S 45 ESP MATCHES

9

U16M

2014

European

B

9

U16M

2015.

European

4th

7

U17M

2016

world

4th

6

U18M

2016

European

5th

7

U18M

2017.

European

P

7

U20M

2019

European

P

USMAN GARUBA’S 21 ESP MATCHES

7

U16M

2016

European

5th

7

U16M

2018

European

P

7

U18M

2019

European

OR

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