NBA Dream: Gui Santos lives up to expectations before the Draft

Photo: Disclosure / Charlotte Hornets

Gui Santos left for the United States as soon as Minas finished the season and prepared for Draft and practice in NBA teams, such as the Charlotte Hornets.

The dream of many basketball players to play in the world’s largest basketball league, the NBA. And with that in mind, Gui Santos lives up to those expectations on the eve of the Draft, on Thursday.

At the age of 19, the Minas defender is in the United States, in preparation for recruitment, since the Minas Gerais team left the 2021/2022 season.

A native of Brasilia, the son of Deivisson Santos, a former basketball player, Gui Santos, a native of Minas, is out in his fourth season as a professional and, again, was awarded. In addition to the Super 8 Cup winner in January 2022, he was named the sixth best person in the NBB – a competition in which the Minas-tennis team took third place.

“Last season when I was at Minas it was very good, we won the Super 8 title, third place in the NBB and the Champions League. Minas’ own projects continue to change, but I am very grateful to the club he has. For me for almost five years. “I have nothing to complain about Minas, the best club”, he said. supersports.

Since the end of this season, Gui Santos has held special training sessions with several teams across the United States, such as the Charlotte Hornets, Portland Trail Blazers and Golden State Warriors – who last Thursday won their seventh NBA Cup.
In training, he was assisted by Didi Louzada, the Blazers’ point guard, and Bruno Caboclo, the So Paulo striker and former Toronto Raptors and Memphis Grizzlies.

“There is violence, everything, but he always gives me tips, telling me what I should do, like a game, different from FIBA ​​basketball. It has been a great experience, helping me especially in this court case,” Gui said of support from colleagues. .

as a draft

The Draft Festival, for another year, will be held at Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, at 21:00 (Braslia). Central striker Jabari Smith, center Chet Holmgren and center Paolo Banchero, both from North American basketball college, are expected to be the first to be selected between the Orlando Magic, Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets.

There will be 60 nominees, divided into two rounds of 30 options, with a total of 149 – 14 players working outside the United States, and 135 will arrive from North American colleges.

Gui Santos says he has no preference for the team and that, regardless of the option, he will be happy. He also signed for the team in 2021, but withdrew the name after being tested and with a heavy load in favor of 2022.

“For me, any team that organizes me, that gives me a chance, I know I will work hard, I will do as much as I can. So, naturally, the importance of the team increases more and more, as it did in Minas. “, says the player, who turns 20 on the eve of the draft.

Despite this, he reveals his dream of playing alongside two current stars: Slovenian defender Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks, and winger Jayson Tatum, the second-time Boston Celtics winner.

“Yes, there are players I dream of playing with, who are young players that I think I can play with. Jayson Tatum and Luka Doncic. They are the two I most admire.”

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Gui Santos Development

Gui Santos undoubtedly enters the Draft with 107 paid matches (103 for Minas and four for the Brazilian team – final on November 28, 2020, qualifying for the Copa America 2022).

Pointer defender Gui Santos played 103 games for Minas
photo: Orlando Bento / Minas

Pointer defender Gui Santos played 103 games for Minas

The defender, who stands at 2.02 meters and 95 kilograms, says he has a lot to improve: “I’m tall, I play 2nd, but I think I still have a lot to improve in the game, those. And I’ve been working hard on that, especially. be more prepared for these coming international challenges “.

The player also commented on Brazil’s relationship with basketball. Gui Santos assessed the attitude of the fans as well as of the new players. The 2022/2023 NBA season, which can be relied on by the young Brazilian, will begin in October.

“The message I am leaving for the Brazilians is that we are changing. The NBB has been changing a lot, with increasing cooperation with the NBA, and that is what it needs. Great potential.

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