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The twelve titans who have hung the historic gold in the Eurobasket

With the gold won this Sunday against France (88-76) in the European Basketball Championship, the Spanish team completes a memorable feat with a team under construction made up of up to seven debutants.

This is the trajectory of the twelve players who have participated in the Eurobasket ordered by the number they have worn in this championship:

2. Lorenzo Brown (Base, 32 years old)

The big surprise of the competition. The express nationalization of the American base made the previous championship rare, with criticism from national players who did not understand his call. The Spanish coach, Sergio Scariolo, lacked a game generator and the Georgia guard has adapted wonderfully to his board. Brown has shown cold blood from the perimeter when he burned the ball, putting up two displays in the round of 16 against Lithuania (28 points and 8 assists) and in the semi-final against Germany (29 points and 6 assists). Outside the parquet, he has connected with his teammates, being one more player in the ‘pocha’ games.

4. Jaime Pradilla (Power forward, 21 years old)

Despite his youth and inexperience in FIBA’s absolute summer tournaments, the Valencia Basket power forward has been part of the starting lineup in the four heads or tails games of the championship. In the group stage he cut his teeth showing his good hand from the perimeter against Georgia and Montenegro. In the concentration, he has shared a room with captain Rudy Fernández. He has finished with good taste a ‘master’ that will help him to continue growing with a view to the future.

5. Rudy Fernández (Forward, 37 years old)

The Majorcan player has emerged as the nexus of the ‘golden generation’ with the youngsters who aspire to lead the future of the national team. Off the track, the captain has been a benchmark; in it he remains decisive. And that he has played less than 20 minutes per game, but even so he has been decisive with his outside talent and defensive intensity. Against Lithuania in the round of 16 and Finland in the quarterfinals, Rudy held the team with his three-pointers in moments of doubt. Despite his age, he takes care of every last detail to remain competitive. Proof of this is that in the concentration he took a hyperbaric chamber to recover better after the games. One more example of the professionalism of this legend, who in Berlin has equaled the eleven medals that Pau Gasol hung with the national team.

6. Xabi López-Arostegui (Forward, 25 years old)

The Valencia Basket forward has emerged as a defensive wild card for Sergio Scariolo. A regular in the starting five, López-Arostegui was the third most used player by the Italian coach (22.5 minutes). His mission: intensity behind and take advantage of shooting options from the perimeter. In his second concentration in a summer tournament with the national team, he has hung his first medal.

7. Jaime Fernández (Escort, 29 years old)

The base from Madrid started in tone in attack in the group stage. In the first game against Bulgaria, he scored 12 points and dished out 2 assists. As he has progressed through the championship, he has accepted the role of defensive player to wear down opposing game managers. His debut in a championship with the national team ends him with a metal. In the final against France he shone with 13 points and fundamental defensive actions.

8. Darío Brizuela (Escort, 27 years old)

Scariolo considers him a different player because of his scoring ability and in this European Championship he became the offensive microwave to change the dynamics of the games from the bench. In the quarterfinals against Finland, he gave his team air with 14 points. Before the round of 16 match against Lithuania, this psychology student asked to change the date of an exam when it coincided with a training session. The university center granted him permission. In Berlin, he hung his first medal, before the end of the year he will have to take the exam that he has pending.

9. Alberto Diaz (Base, 28 years old)

Picked up at the last minute by Sergi Llull’s injury, the Unicaja guard has become one of the great defensive surprises of the championship at decisive moments. In the key match of the phase against Turkey, he caused in the closing stages a turnover from Shane Larkin and the fifth foul from Alperen Sengun. With the match tied against Lithuania in the round of 16, he forced an attacking foul on Domantas Sabonis and another unsportsmanlike one on Ignas Brazdeikis. Already in the semifinal, he was instrumental in stopping Dennis Schroeder in the fourth quarter. In the final, he sealed the match with two triples in the last quarter.

11. Sebas Saiz (Pivot, 28 years old)

The highest-paid player in the Japanese basketball league has taken advantage of the few minutes he has played (an average of 5 per game). Saiz is the perfect definition of a team player. The prize: a gold in his first participation in a summer championship with the national team.

14. Willy Hernangómez (Pivot, 28 years old)

Without the Gasol brothers on the roster, the center of the New Orleans Pelicans has naturally assumed the stripes of differential player in the paint. Willy has responded to Sergio Scariolo’s confidence with points, being the top scorer and rebounder of his team. The Italian coach, in addition, has also demanded him in defense. The player from Madrid has passed the challenge with an outstanding by becoming the best player in the competition.

16. Usman Garuba (Center, 20 years old)

The youngest player on the team entered training out of shape, affected by an ankle injury, and has finished the championship on a clear upward trajectory, becoming a defensive mainstay for Scariolo in the paint. In the semi-final against Germany, he emerged as a great assistant. In addition, Garuba has shown great maturity and cold blood at decisive moments, despite his youth. A cheek that he has also shown in public. “I sleep very well every day,” he joked before the semifinal. Naturalness above all to hang his first medal.

41. Juancho Hernangómez (Power forward, 26 years old)

From less to more, he finished the Eurobasket in a great moment of form. Beyond becoming the team’s third-highest scorer, Juancho has proven to be a very complete defensive player, as well as standing out as a rebounder. And in the final he was revealed as a ‘killer’ from the perimeter with 27 points, with 7 triples scored from 9 attempts. The ‘MVP’ of the final.

44. Joel Parra (Forward, 22 years old)

The DJ in the locker room chose the theme of Bizarrap and Quevedo ‘Quédate’ as the song of the selection. On court, he has taken on a defensive role that shone brightly when Sergio Scariolo chose him to defend Finland star Lauri Markkanen. He will return to Joventut Badalona with a gold.

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