The presence of Carlos Delfino is the great novelty of the first call-up list carried out by coach Néstor García, who this Thursday summoned 17 players for the FIBA window in November, qualifying for the World Cup. Delfino, who plays in the Italian League, was not in a call-up since he was part of the squad that competed in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
García’s first commitment as coach of the basketball team will be on November 26 and 27 against Paraguay at the Obras Sanitarias stadium, within the framework of the first double qualifying day for the 2023 World Cup. For those two games, “Che “He cited 17 players, in a mixture of experience and youth that tries to alleviate the absence of the players who play the Euroleague or who are acting in the NBA.
With this panorama, García opted for the validity of Delfino, one of the most emblematic players of the Golden Generation, who at 39 will return to the Albiceleste for the two games against Paraguay. “The return of Carlitos occurs because he is in a great moment in Italy and because of the experience he has,” explained the former coach of Peñarol and Boca, among other teams, on the official website of the Basketball Confederation. Delfino is having a great season in Pesaro, where he is the 12th scorer in the Lega with 15.3 points, in addition to shooting 42% in triples.
Another important return for the team is that of Marcos Mata, a 35-year-old forward who was not in a national squad since 2019. “Mata comes from closer, but it is a return that I consider very valuable. He is a great player that I know very well. and I know the amount of solutions that it brings to a team, “said the DT in relation to the player who plays in Aguada of the Uruguayan League and who was multiple champion with Peñarol and San Lorenzo in the National League.
One of the new faces will be that of Juan Fernández, a forward who debuted last weekend in the Spanish Endesa League with Fuenlabrada. At the age of 18, Fernández was already summoned for the preselection that played the Tokyo Olympic Games, but he did not participate in any friendly because he was playing the U19 World Cup. “Fernández played the World Cup very well, he continues to grow in Fuenlabrada and is the future of Argentine basketball “, considered García.
The list of 17 players, of which the coach will be able to use 12 different ones in each of the matches, is completed by Tayavek Gallizzi (Institute), Lautaro Berra (Obras), Franco Baralle (Quimsa), Matías Solanas (San Martín), Martín Cuello (Institute), Luciano González (Institute), Federico Aguerre (Boca), Martín Fernández (Regattas), Nicolás Romano (Institute), Kevin Hernández (Boca) and Juan Brussino (Quimsa), all already with a past in some citation, and Sebastián Orresta, Agustín Barreiro (both from Gimnasia de Comodoro) and Leandro Vildoza (Boca), who were called for the first time. “It is an interesting mix of players, the vast majority of our league who are going through a great time and can help, in addition to many of them knowing what it is like to wear the National Team shirt,” said the DT.