Juan Carlos Navarro and Víctor Sada made their debuts with Spain, Joe Ingles and Marcelinho Huertas have done the same for Australia and Brazil, respectively
Sada is the only Azulgrana to play in all of his country's exhibition matches; Igles and Huertas missed two games and Navarro missed three
Eriksson unstoppable in the U-20 Euro
Marcus Eriksson, Barça Regal’s reserve player, is currently playing for Sweden in the U-20 Euro competition. He’s quickly established himself as one of the standout players of the tournament with an average of 17.4 points per match. So far, Sweden have played six matches and Eriksson is the second-highest scorer of the competition.
Juan Carlos Navarro, Víctor Sada, Joe Ingles and Marcelinho Huertas are finalizing preparations for the London Olympic Games. The four Barça Regal players joined their respective national teams - Spain, Australia and Brazil - ahead of next week’s opening ceremony.
Sada and Navarro, unbeaten
The team led by Sergio Scariolo have yet to lose a match in the run-up to the Olympics. So far, the Spanish national team have won all six - against France, Australia (on two occasions), Great Britain, Tunisia and Argentina - of its preparatory games.
The Azulgrana point guard has featured in all of Spain’s matches, a good omen for Sada despite the fact that Calderón and Sergio García both play in the same position. The Barça Regal player has averaged 11 minutes on the court and he’s always performed at a more than adequate level.
Juan Carlos Navarro, on the other hand, didn’t feature in Spain’s first three matches, but when he was given his first chance, he performed brilliantly. In his first match for the Spanish national team, against Australia, La Bomba scored 10 points, snagged a rebound and he doled out 6 assists.
Ingles, on form
Ingles carries a lot of weight in the Australian dressing room. Playing for the Boomers, Ingles faced off against Sada and Navarro on two occasions in July. Australia, however, lost both matches: 75-69 and 96-88. Ingles scored 10 and 11 points, respectively, captured 3.5 rebounds and gave 5 assists.
His contribution to the Australian national team is undeniable. In fact, Greece’s national team had a hard time stopping the Azulgrana. Ingles scored 17 points in Australia’s rout of the European team (91-51).
The Brazilian Barça Regal player is also readying himself for next week’s Olympic Games. Huertas, an almost permanent fixture in Ruben Magnano’s line-ups, is one of the leader’s of the South American team. He’s featured in five of the last seven Brazil matches, and he featured in the side that claimed the Super 4 trophy. The Azulgrana was named the MVP of the match the pitted his country against Argentina after he scored 15 points, captured 4 rebounds and gave out an assist.