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Fran Vazquez, Spain
FibaEurope: The man who turned down the NBA to play for Akasvayu Girona after being picked #11 in the draft will make his debut in Serbia and Montenegro in an official competition with the national team. A late bloomer, Vázquez has developed into a top level center: tall, athletic and skilled. Standing 209cm and with very long arms, Vázquez has a special feeling for blocks in defense and alley-oops and dunks in offense, where he can make great moves around the basket: hook and jump hook shots, mid-range and turnaround jumpers, besides unexpected quickness and coordination. Even though he has to gain weight and get experience, he is the most skilled center of the team despite his young age and is ready to play a big role at EuroBasket.
Name: Fran Vazquez
Origin: Xantada, Spain (Grew up in Siglo XXI, Spain) (Carballedo Lugo, Spain)
Drafted: 2005, First Round, 11th overall by the Orlando Magic
Languages: Spanish, Basque, English
Teams (jersey): Bilbao Basket, Gran Canaria, Unicaja Malaga (24), Akasvayu Girona
Ibn Notes: The combination of great work ethic, athletic and long arms normally carves out a long career in the NBA. That's what the Cleveland Cavs hope is true and then some.
|Fran Vazquez Links From our forum: Spain Basketball Forum Articles and other resources: Fran Vazquez Interview (I will jump to the NBA when I am Ready) (HoopsHype Aug, 2005) Fran Vazquez volando con el Unicaja de Malaga (YouTube) Vazquez makes NBA Cautious (Orlando Sentinel)|