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Matteo Spanish, who is the Italian player eligible for the NBA Draft

January 3, 2003: this is the date of birth of Matteo Spagnolo, driving Vanoli Cremona in the Serie A Basketball League at just 19 years old and more generally a young talent with enormous prospects for Italian and European basketball and at this point one would say (and hope) even NBA. In fact, Spanish in the past few hours has decided to make himself eligible should a call to the 2022 Draft arrive (scheduled for next June), well aware that – having the Real Madrid ownership tag – for him after a possible selection, the passage to the other side of the ocean may not be automatic . A play who can also play as a guard, which continues to grow visibly – technically, but also from a physical point of view, reaching almost two meters in height and thus virtually increasing its potential. In recent weeks, despite Vanoli Cremona continuing to take defeats, it ended up in the notebooks of several NBA scoutsincluding Mike Schmitz of ESPN, who like his other colleagues sees in Spanish a potential choice on the second lap of the Draft.

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Born in Puglia and raised in the very first years of his career with Aurora Brindisi, Mens Sana Mesagna and then with the Stella Azzurra Roma – one of the main hotbed of talent when it comes to basketball in our country. With the team from the capital he made his Serie B1 debut among professionals at the age of 14, proving to be able to forge ahead and then being hired by the youth sector of Real Madrid – the first Italian player ever to wear the Blancos shirt at that age. In short, a talent that from a very young age has learned to make a difference against bigger and more experienced opponents, without ever going under and managing even in this complicated championship for Vanoli Cremona to travel with 12.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists on average with 44% from the arc and over 85% to free throws in 27 minutes of average use. Spanish has already made his debut with the Italian national team at just 17 years, one month and 14 days – the third youngest ever in blue after Vinicio Nesti and Dino Meneghin: at a youth level he has already been part of the quintet of the best players under 19 at the European Championships . The hope is to find certainties and confirmations even at higher levels with the continuation of his career, as well as a call to the Draft which at the moment is not obvious, but which in the coming months – continuing in this growth process – could become so.

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