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Bilbao Basket sets its eyes on center Bassala Bagayoko to reinforce its squad

Bilbao Basket sets its eyes on center Bassala Bagayoko to reinforce its squad

Jeickson Sulbaran

June 17, 2024 | 10:02 a.m.

Surne Bilbao Basket seeks to secure its future by signing the promising Malian center Bassala Bagayoko

Surne Bilbao Basket has set its sights on Bassala Bagayoko, a young Malian center who is 2,09 meters tall and only 17 years old. Bagayoko made history in April 2021 by becoming the youngest player to debut in the Endesa League, a milestone he achieved facing Real Madrid at just 14 years, 7 months and 15 days. With this feat, he took the record from Ricky Rubio, who debuted in 2005 at 14 years, 11 months and 24 days.

Bilbao Basket sets its eyes on center Bassala Bagayoko to reinforce its squad

Bagayoko, a talent trained in Spain, promises to be a basketball star, although his path was interrupted by a serious injury on November 5, 2022. During a match against Baxi Manresa, suffered a tear of the anterior cruciate ligament and the external meniscus in his right knee, leaving him out of action since then. Due to his prolonged inactivity, Bilbao Basket would consider this signing as a long-term investment, rather than an immediate solution.

Bagayoko's promising career until injury

Until his injury, Bagayoko had shown great potential and outstanding physical abilities, becoming a key player for the future of basketball. His training quota status adds value to his profile. Bagayoko began his professional career with Fuenlabrada, debuting in the final stretch of the 2020-21 season due to numerous injuries in the team. During the following season, he played 19 games and in the 2022-23 campaign he was ready to take a big step forward until his career was abruptly stopped in the seventh round due to injury. A week before the injury, Bagayoko recorded 11 points and 8 rebounds against Real Madrid, establishing himself in the team's rotation.

Without a team and with a promising future

Bagayoko arrived in Spain with Baloncesto Alcalá, playing in a Mini Cup with Lenovo Tenerife before joining Fuenlabrada. where he signed a contract for six seasons. However, in July of last year, Bagayoko and his legal guardian decided to terminate the contract unilaterally. During his short but intense elite career, Bagayoko has proven to be a formidable defender and efficient attacker. He is coordinated and mobile on defense, with quick stealing hands and a penchant for blocking. On offense, he is skilled at follow-ups and cuts to the basket.

Bagayoko's signing for Bilbao Basket would be a bet on the future, seeking to develop his talent and ensuring a key piece in his squad in the long term.

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