Davor Matkovic

Santi Aldama, the strange wonder-boy

The MVP of the Eurobasket U18 goes to the US to prioritize his university studies while the basketball coaches compare him without hesitation with Pau Gasol

Slim and ungainly, beardless with goatee, teenager and giant. Santiago Aldama Toledo, 18-year-old and 2.11m grancanarian, was hung on Sunday in Greece the gold of the Under-18 Eurobasket and at the same time the poster of the new phenomenon of Spanish basketball. In spite of the commotion before his presentation as the MVP of the championship, with 22.9 of valuation in 28 minutes of average he was not impressed. “You have to put everything in perspective and be humble. I want to get to a higher level not to stay here, ” explains the forward with serene joy after receiving congratulations of the complete selection in the Golden Triangle on his arrival in Madrid.