Sergio Scariolo: “Our main concern is to develop players and try to get them ready for the first team”

Sergio Scariolo
Photo: FIBA

The head coach of of Spain, Sergio Scariolo, talked about the talent and potential of the next generation of the national team.

Here is what Scariolo, who arrived in Volos, Greece to watch the semi-final and the Final of the U18 European Championship, told FIBA:

On the young players of Spain: “I love to see that the whole system, the whole group of our teams is working along the same lines, from the academy or U12 and U13 teams all the way to the first team.

We are progressive throughout the scene. Our philosophy, entering the youth teams and every category upwards, was that the base of the system is the same.

This year has been a good year so far, but the results aren’t our main concern. Our main concern is to develop players and try to get them ready for the first team.”

On the preparation of Spain for the Basketball World Cup: “We are in a different challenge, a new one, with many guys who never played or never had an important role with the national team, but we are excited about the challenge.

Most of the guys who played the (FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 European Qualifiers) windows are among the 16 in this group, so the training camp is going well.

We just started, we cannot say much, but we have good vibes about the togetherness, the desire to compete together, no selfishness and that’s what we ask of them. This is the basement to build a fort.”