Despite the fact that in recent days the illusion of having for the first time a Colombian player in the most important basketball league in the world, the NBA in the United States, faded, after Jaime Echenique was not taken into account by Washington Wizards For the season that began on October 19, in the last hours that possibility reopened.
And it is that the news represented a hard blow for Echenique, who had good marks to enter the NBA, after having passed the Summer League and having entered the payroll of Washington for the preseason.
In fact, the Barranquilla had already been close to playing in North American basketball when he had the option of entering the Draft. However, both the pandemic and injury left him out of solidifying his career in the American Basketball League.
The Colombian managed to play a few minutes in the first two games of the preseason with the Wizards. Despite the fact that in these games he registered 4 points in 10 minutes in the debut against the Houston Rockets and then collected two rebounds in four minutes in the loss to the New York Knicks, he was not enough to enter into the team’s plans.
“I have been from 7 am to 2 pm training. It’s stressful, but I play with everyone, I try to get a smile from them and that led me to training, helping my teammates. I always try to make the best of every situation, I will always do my best with a smile on my face. The most important thing is to always do things with love”Echenique said after leaving summer camp.
Given that, the possibility that the ‘coffee’ player would continue his career in another country was quite high, since he had already had that experience after playing in the last year in the Endesa League of Spain. However, he decided to stay with the Wizards and fight for his dream of entering the NBA.
In that sense, in the last hours he received important news that gives him back the illusion of reaching the highest level of world basketball. And it is that as confirmed by the team, the young 24-year-old athlete was included in the list of players who will be part of the squad of the Capital City Go-Go, an affiliate team of the Washington Wizards in the G-League.
I mean, the Washington Wizards, franchise in which the Barranquilla has a contract ‘Exhibit 10’, they decided that he will play from now on in the G-League, championship in which the young talents of each team play and those who come from other countries to make their way in American basketball. Now you must demonstrate your capabilities in order to be able to sign a professional contract in the near future.
“The Capital City roster is highlighted by Wizards two-way players Joel Ayayi and Cassius Winston, as well as associates Jaime Echenique and Jordan Goodwin, who appeared in the Summer League and preseason for Washington. Jordan Schakel and Devontae Shuler complete training camp roster”, Published the Capital City Go-Go team, the new home of the 2.11-meter-tall center.
But the truth is that it will not be easy at all, because the Barranquilla was not selected even for the two-way player contracts, which have two players within the G-League team, and who are the first option in case the Wizards need players during their performance in the NBA.
Within Jaime’s experience is his time in the NCAA, with the University of Wichita State Shockers, where he was the protagonist, and his stay in Spanish basketball, in the ACB league, with Acunsa Gipuzkoa Basket.
The Capital Go-Go team, which will be led by Mike Williams, will premiere on November 5 in the G-League, when it faces Westchester Knicks at the Entertainment and Sports Arena in Washington.