After the U18 Men’s Spanish Championship, in which the Canarias Basketball Academy finished among the top eight, it is necessary to make balance of what has been achieved. A Top eight finish, an accomplishment that until recently was an almost exclusive privilege of ACB youth development clubs.
In this sense, Yankuba Sima (former Academy player, U20 international and current member of Oklahoma State University) explains that “what CBA has achieved at the national level is incredible; We have been, for three consecutive years, among the eight best U18 clubs in Spain!”
Not in vain, only four clubs have managed to break into the top eight consecutively in the last three years: Real Madrid, Joventut Badalona, Gran Canaria and CBA. Undoubtedly, a fact to take into account, since CBA is the only club that does not belong to youth development teams of ACB League clubs.
“The key to the success of CBA is its method of work, based on the number of hours and focus on individual improvement”, says Sima, adding: “I can attest to its effectiveness, because after one year at CBA, not only did I recieve a call up to the Spanish National U18 team, but also achieved my dream of playing in the United States”.
In the same way, Sima, whose brothers (Ebraim and Ousman) are currently attending the Academy, recalls that “the CBA can also boast of being invited to the most prestigious junior tournament in Europe: the Adidas Next Generation Tournament”. And it is that, not in vain, the Academy has participated in four of the last five editions, in Lithuania and Serbia.
Finally, the NCAA player stresses “the growth of CBA in recent years, is not only in its results, but also in prestige, the reward of work well done”.