President at Canarias Basketball Academy, Rob Orellana, confirmed this morning Diego Quintana’s signing to play in the first CBA team in Adecco Plata. Diego joins Roberto Guerra and Bernardo Hernández to form a trio of archipelago players.

Diego Quintana junto a Pepe Carrión

Quintana (1978-10-25, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria) has a long career in basketball. He made his debut in the top Spanish League, ACB in 2002 with CB Gran Canaria and has belonged to different clubs from the First National to the EBA League until the last season when CBA Gran Canaria captain, Berni Hernández, coincided with him at CB Santa Cruz.

I am proud of having this opportunity in this program”, Diego began saying and explained that “it is very interesting because in the residence there is great environment with young people that want to improve, and to build a career in basketball”.

“I think that betting on so many nationalities creates a more complete learning for these boys and being in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is even better”, Diego added and affirmed to be “very motivated and looking forward to playing and sharing the team with Bernardo (Hernández) and Roberto (Guerra), players that I have known since many years ago”.

He expects to contribute “as a playmaker to try to make my team have more confidence in itself and more points because there is a lack of scoring”. “There are many young players, so experience is necessary so that these boys understand basketball in a better way. Basketball is not only a physical sport, but also is about being smart and play vs the rival being more efficient than him to win games”, Diego finished.

His coach, Pepe Carrión, expressed that “what Diego does best is scoring with a good %, something natural, and the understanding of the game. He is player with much experience and commitment, in addition to a great passer that makes the others play and be better, and in this group he is necessary to support Bernardo and Roberto on teaching the young players”.

Finally, it should be underlined that apart from basketball, Quintana majored in Sports Science at Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and includes masters on Sports High Performance (COI) and Sports Management (at ULPGC). Furthermore, he is a teacher at Doramas and Felo Monzón Grau-Bassas High Schools. He is also the Spanish sailing national team physical trainer, where he has won four medals in the last two Olympic Games.