The ‘CBA Residence’ is situated in Tafira Alta (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria), every year it receives around 80 players from all over the world. For instance, this season there are more than 35 different nationalities; data that shows the international character of this high performance center, specialized in basketball.
Nevertheless, the number of Spanish players that wish to live in this awesome experience is increasing, so it is becoming more common to see a medley of provinces in the different teams of the CBA quarry, where also highlights the Canaries, from the rest of the islands, and, of course, local players.
On this last case, four of them have a peculiar situation, as they are from Gran Canaria, but they live at the CBA Residence. They are: Samuel Sánchez, Enrique Santana, Azael Trujillo and Eduardo Gil.
Sánchez: “I could make the most of the CBA project”
He began playing basketball for the extinct Tenefe, but soon he was recruited by CB Gran Canaria, where he played for two seasons. Likewise, he represented the Canary Islands twice at the Spanish Championship of regional selections, in both categories U12 and U14. However, three years ago he decided to move to the Academy headquarter for committing to his passion: “I’m very grateful for the chance of living at the residence, due to this I could make the most of the CBA project”.
Santana: “We are lucky of having our family close”
Like Samuel Sánchez, Enrique Santana as well began practicing basketball in Vecindario, where he played at Tenefe and Torbellino. On the other hand, he also coincide with point guard during his period at the CBA residence, he highlights that “we are lucky of benefit of the good of living here, but also of having our family close”.
Without any doubt, Santana’s aim is really clear, he wants to follow the steps of his big brother, who nowadays is playing at the Northwestern Colorado University, while he studies the second course of Business.
Trujillo: “Any player would love to have this chance”
Azael Tujillo´s case is similar to the two mentioned before, although his previous club prior to being at the CBA, where he entered last season, was the SBT (San Bartolomé de Tirajana), which, since this season, is named CBA Maspalomas, thanks to the agreement signed by both entities.
Trujillo is also happy of enjoying the benefits of living at the CBA residence (“Any player would love to have this chance because, without any doubt, it is the best way to improve”) where “he could meet a lot of people from other countries, an experience that enrich a lot”.
Gil: “I feel that I have improved in every sense”
Eduardo Gil´s sports career experienced a big change when he started to play in Germany, where he competed in U14 and U15 with the Ludwigsburg, where the first team plays Bundesliga. After that he came back to Gran Canaria and play for the Torbellino, until this season, when CBA knocks on his door: “I thought about it because it is a big change, but now I know that I made the right choice, because I feel that I have improved in every sense”.