Santi Aldama does not back down: he will not return to the university league

According to Jon Rothstein (CBS Sports), the Spanish player, after shining in Loyola-Maryland, wants to make the leap towards professionalism. The Draft, first stop.


On April 14, Santi Aldama, through a statement, made his intentions clear. "I have decided that my name is in the 2021 Draft without rejecting the possibility of continuing in the college league. I have always dreamed of becoming an NBA player and I am ready to take the next step in my basketball career," he explained. According to Jon Rothstein (CBS Sports), a journalist specializing in college basketball, now, his future would already be decided: he wants to make, yes or yes, the leap towards professionalism. "Santi Aldama, from Loyola Maryland, plans to pursue a professional career and will not go back to college," he says. The Spanish player, after a brilliant season at Loyola-Maryland, would still have the possibility of leaving the Draft until July 19; but, according to Rothstein, this is not going to happen.

Your options, then, would be reduced, mainly, to two: start your career in the NBA or continue with it in one of the major European leagues. In both cases, there are possibilities. At 20 years old and 2.11 meters tall, his season has not gone unnoticed by anyone. He averaged 21.2 points, 10.2 rebounds and was on the verge of playing the March Madness, something that, given his team's history, would have acquired certain historical overtones.Currently, the versatile power forward appears at No. 68 in ESPN's Mock Draft, something that would put him close to the second round of elections. In the NBA Draft Room, where he is defined as "a player with a good level of skill for his size, who can handle the ball and is a good passer," they include him within said second picks. This is the most widespread projection in all the prediction portals, whose definitions, at the same time, also coincide. Aldama, in his second year at university, has been able to deploy a repertoire that, today, is on the rise in the NBA: that of a great player, but with good ball handling and the possibility of threat from long distance. During the course, he registered 51.3% from the field and 36.8% from the perimeter.

If he failed to convince any franchise of the American competition, his priority, as he has assured in several interviews, the Canarian player would have the doors open in Europe, whose name is on the agenda of several renowned teams. This possibility, however, surely, would not be studied until after the Draft, which will take place on July 29. In it, in addition to Aldama, the Spanish roster will also include Usman Garuba and Carlos Alocen, both currently Real Madrid players and concentrated with the Spanish National Team. In the case of the former, their selection prospects are even in lottery positions (from 1 to 14); In the case of Alocén, the aspirations are similar to those of Santi, a position in the second round.

With all of this, Aldama decides to take a very important step in his basketball career, in which his academic training (equivalent studies to Business Administration and Management) had always prevailed, above all else. In his first year at university, injuries only allowed him to play 10 official matches, chains that denied him to show off his full potential, already known in Spain: in the European U-18 in Greece, held in 2019, he was one of the most prominent names in the competition, getting the MVP. With the continuity of the past course, his records skyrocketed: in the last 25 years, he is the fourth underclassmen to finish a course with more than 20 points, 10 rebounds and a triple scored per game, along with Kevin Durant, Michael Beasley and Carmelo. Anthony. On the 29th, then, the next step in one of the most promising trajectories of Spanish basketball will be known.

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