Basketball | UCAM Murcia
The Spanish international, the first to arrive, is presented as a UCAM player, to whom he will bring “energy, grit and character”
For the second consecutive year, Ilimane Diop (Dakar, 1995) has been one of the most coveted local training places on the market. After a whole sporting life at Baskonia, where he became captain and with whom he grew up to be an absolute international for Spain, the pivot left the Vitorian club last summer and, of course, he did not expect to make another move this one. He was one of the highest quality signings of Gran Canaria, where he arrived and from where he left at the same time as Artem Pustovyi, but he never ended up entering the plans of Porfirio Fisac, his coach in the yellow team.
For this reason, in his presentation as a UCAM player, the 2.10 meter center was very clear about what had been the differential factor that made him decide on the Murcian option. «He loved me, he called me and we reached a quick agreement. I am very grateful for his trust », Diop revealed about Sito Alonso’s involvement in signing him. He worked for the university coach in the 2016-17 season, one of a great step in the establishment of the Hispanic-Senegalese in the Baskonia rotation and as a solid player in the Endesa League, repeating the call with the Spanish team the following summer. “If the coach doesn’t love you, you’re not going to sign up for a team,” the player said yesterday.
He knows what Sito expects of him and what he can contribute to the team, positioning himself as Artem Pustovyi’s main substitute, and with the skills that give nine seasons of experience in the competition, eight of them combining with the Euroleague and the last with the EuroCup . In the Champions League, to which the club returns three years later, it will be released. “UCAM is a club that wants to go as far as possible. They are challenges that we players share », mentioned the new player of a team that rivaled his previous one a lot, so he knows the challenges he faces.
Diop has been the first to start the preseason on his own, a week before the rest (Davis intended to accompany him, but it has not been possible), who will arrive with a dropper taking into account their international commitments.
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