Valencia Basket ties De Larrea until 2028 and he will play in the first team

Wednesday, July 3, 2024, 17:52

Sport moves through generations. It is the law of life. At Valencia Basket, things of fate, there is going to be a generational change at the first level. After Víctor Claver’s announcement of putting an end to his sporting career after 18 years, being the only Valencian player to date to play in the NBA, the gap in the training quota in the first team of the Valencian team will be filled by Sergio de Larrea. Juan Roig’s entity has tied the talent from Valladolid, as this editorial has been able to confirm, until 2028 and he will have a place in Pedro Martínez’s first team. The coach has already spoken with the player. ‘Larry’, as he is known in the world of basketball, has known how to take advantage of the opportunity with the national team, where he forced himself to be the last discard, to convince the FEB that he is going to be one of the mainstays of the reconstruction of the national team after the Paris Games.

Sergio Scariolo, asked by LAS PROVINCIAS, was very clear about whether De Larrea is ready to take the step, both in the national team from the next matches and in the first team of Valencia Basket: «He can take the step now, without a doubt. He has shown it during many weeks of training, I am sure that he will now show it with the U20 and he did it in his debut match with the national team, regardless of whether things went well for him but with a security and a calmness that make one think that he is ready to take the step. Obviously, then the decisions of each club are respectable and legitimate».

The coach also pointed out that it is the players who have to put their cards on the table, to help with the decision-making process, which is always more complicated with young players: “I tell the players that they should be the ones who, thanks to their performances and work, defend their candidacy to play and get minutes in their teams. They should do everything in their power to show those who have to make the decision that they are ready. There is no one who, if a player deserves to play, especially if he grows up in the youth team and has the potential to be a reference for many years, will not let him play.” The person who will have to make the decision about the opportunities, and minutes, of the talent from Pucelano is Pedro Martínez. The Catalan coach, who attended the Pre-Olympic matches on Wednesday with Luis Arbalejo and Juan Maroto, has always been known for being brave in making these decisions.

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