Jasikevicius: "We hope the new signings adapt well"

Barça began training on Wednesday with two of its three signings (Jokubaitis and Sanli) and awaiting Pau's decision.


Barça coach Sarunas Jasikevicius told the club's media on Wednesday that he hopes the new signings "adapt well" to the team and its philosophy of play.

The Barça coach reported that he has already spoken with center Sertac Sanli and Nico Laprovittola "during the summer", while he knows Rokas Jakubaitis "very well" from when he coached Zalgiris Kaunas. "Those who were already here last year already know more or less what we expect of them," he added.

About this season's squad, Jasikevicius commented that they have made the changes they could "make" and that the block "remains the same" from last season, so you don't have to look "too far" on what the team can achieve. team.

The League and Cup champions completed their first training session on the court on Wednesday after the physical tests had been carried out and on August 24 they will stay in Encamp (Andorra) until 31.

Asked about the team's objectives, the coach said that he now thinks of "short-term" goals and the most immediate is to do a job of "prevention and increase the pace day by day" to "go more for basketball issues" when the whole team is in Andorra next week.

Jasikevicius commented that the players should come to the preseason "fresh and eager" since except those who have played the Tokyo Olympics -Nico Laprovittola and Álex Abrines- have had "a lot of rest time" .

The Lithuanian stressed that in the preseason he will also dedicate himself to "seeing the youngsters" who are now training with the first team. Seven Barça B players and the junior azulgranas are at your service these days and it is "important" to give them a chance.

The guards Juani Marcos (21 years old), Agustín Ubal (18 years old) and Rafa Villar (17 years old), the outsiders Michael Caicedo (18 years old) and Gael Bonilla (18 years old) and the centers Ibou Badji (19 years old) and James Nnaji (17 years old) will share these days training with Nikola Mirotic, Brandon Davies and Nick Calathes, among others.

Barça will debut in the preseason on August 26 in Andorra against MoraBanc Andorra and four days later, on August 30, they will face French Limoges also in the Pyrenean country.

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