The NCAA, the United States College League, its 2023/24 season started this morning. A very special year for Malaga basketball that will have up to six representatives this year: Álvaro Folgueiras, Carla Viegas, Daniela Abies, Elena González -still injured-, Golden Dike and Jesus Carralero. Six players – five of them from the Unicaja youth academy – who have already begun to compete on the other side of the pond, waiting for González’s recovery.
The match was especially important for the first two. Folgueiras debuted in the NCAA, after a very good first year in the United States, with Robert Morris losing to Xavier Musketeers (63-77). The man from Malaga, also trained in the CB El Palo youth team, spent 11 minutes on the court with a contribution from 2 points and 2 rebounds.
The great promise of the CAB Estepona quarry had much more prominence. Carla Viegas It was officially presented on the other side of the pond with a great victory for Florida State against Charleston (63-99). The woman from Sampedreña played up to 25 minutes with her first 9 points and 2 rebounds. In fact, from the first day he assumed a high volume of shooting, launching up to 9 triples of which he scored 3.
Golden Dike, the best of the night
They are joined by two other much more veteran locals from Malaga. Golden Dike was the best representative of the night becoming the Loyola Maryland leading scorer in the loss against the Florida Gators (73-93). The young composer recorded 16 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assists, 1 steal and 1 block in 23 minutes, leaving credentials of what he is going to do in his last year of college.
Jesus Carralero He was another of the Costa Soleños who debuted with victory. The University of Missouri defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff (79-101). The Unicaja youth player also participated in the victory with 4 assists, 1 rebound, 1 steal and 1 block in 10 minutesstarting in the debut.
The icing on the night was put Daniela Abies, despite Wichita State’s loss to Oklahoma (68-92). The Malaga native opened her second season with 7 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist and steal in 28 minutes.
In short, five players, waiting for the recovery of Elena Gonzálezwhich already leave the seal of Malaga basketball in the university world of the United States.