Touched in the thigh at the end of the first round, Guerschon Yabusele (2.03 m, 26 years old) is well and truly fit to play in the quarter-finals of the EuroBasket against Italy (Wednesday at 5:15 p.m.). According to his tricolor teammate Rudy Gobert, the Bear has the level to play in the NBA.
In the last quarter against Turkey, we saw Guerschon Yabusele return to the locker room for a few minutes and then hold his head in his briefcase. So we thought we saw a wounded bear. We even thought of a relapse for the one who had been hit in the thigh against Bosnia then spared against Slovenia, and who only had training in the legs before Turkey. More fear than harm: the Real Madrid winger will be there for the quarter-final against Italy.
» We have a very good staff, with whom I have spent almost all of these last days. I feel healthy, there is no problem on that side “, reassured the interested party. Enough to focus on the game, and a very high competition suite. But the native of Dreux has seen others. Against the Italians, he will be opposed to several Euroleague wingers: Nicolo Melli, Achille Polonara, Luigi Datome or even Simone Fontecchio. The latter made the leap to the NBA this summer after two hopeful seasons in C1. Rudy Gobert, triple best defender in the Great League, sees in Guerschon Yabusele a similar trajectory.
« For me, Guerschon is an NBA player. I think he will return there very soon, and that he will succeed this time in imposing himself there, he told us. The experience he has accumulated in Euroleague and international competitions can only help him a little more in his progress. He has also matured. Physically, he is even stronger than most position 4s in the NBA. And he’s very athletic: he’s a jumping bear! Honestly, he is a key player for our team. I think it is improving year by year. He’s versatile, strong, he can get out of the way, post… He’s a strength for us both offensively and defensively. I find that he is making great progress in his understanding of the game. In this campaign, he is very important for us, and he will have a key role until the end of the competition. »
« I try to take a bit of everyone’s game »
At 25, the person concerned says he has passed a milestone at each stage of his career, including the last at Real Madrid, with which he notably won the title of champion of Spain. » At Real Madrid, Pablo Laso tried to develop my game well. In my position, Trey Thompkins and Anthony Randolph, who had great moments in Madrid, help me in particular with the postups. I work with Vincent Poirier and Edy Tavares for my interior-interior relationship. I talk a lot with Rudy Fernandez to progress in my shooting. I try to take a bit of everyone’s game. I try to read and find the middle ground in every situation. »
In his first four matches of the Euro, the Bear was running 14.8 points on 56% on shots and 4.3 rebounds for 13.3 evaluation in 26 minutes. Before making a correct return without however playing the last minutes against the Turks (9 points at 4/9 on shots, 3 assists in 20 minutes). If Amath M’Baye is finally launched at the post, a bear in good shape will undoubtedly allow the Blues to aim even further in this competition.
In Berlin (Germany).
Photo: Guerschon Yabusele (FIBA)
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