You were born in Bahamas. Tell me something about your family and the city. I was born in Nassau, the capital city. Most of my family still lives there. Its a really nice place to visit, but living there is a hassle.
How and when did you start playing basketball? I started playing basketball when i was four years old at summer camp. Haven't stopped since.
Did you always play as a forward? I have always played forward/ center because i was the tallest growing up. When i moved to the US tho, I played more of a perimeter role.
When you were a little boy, who did you watch? My favorite players growing up were Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon and Kevin Garnett.
How was your experience in Lafayette? I met alot of great friends at Lafayette. The basketball however was an issue. I did not like the direction the program was going in. I needed to go somewhere where I could win.
When you left Lafayette .. did youn think giving up basketball? No never. I knew i still wanted to play basketball, just not at lafayette.
Talk about your time in E Kentucky Eastern Kentucky was a great experience. I learned alot about basketball about life and about people there. We were able to make it to the NCAA tournament my junior year and i will never forget it.
Did you study a career? I graduated with a degree in sociology with a minor in business. I do not have plans on using them any time soon though. I want to play basketball for now.
When you were playing in college. Did you have a chance to face an NBA player? When i was in college i played against MANY players who are now in the NBA or were previously and i train with some of them during the summer time. Basketball is like a fraternity in that way.
You had the chance to play in Mexico. What do you remember about that? All i remember about my first stint in Mexico is long bus rides, shady hotels and dishonest management. But the fan support is great out there. We were winning, but it was not the right situation.
And how is the basketball in Finland? Finnish basketball is really structured and there are alot of good shooters. Surprisingly good athletes as well. I had fun playing in finland except for the cold.
How did you come to Uruguayan basketball? The opportunity to play in uruguay came as a fall back actually. I had just been released from my in Tampico and my agent told me about the opportunity in uruguay. I admit I wasnt thrilled but i decided to take it as something to do until I could get to the job I wanted.
Did you know something about Uruguay or did you google it? I definitely had to research uruguay on google. I mean, i knew about the country from an economic standpoint, but nothing about the basketball. I found out that alot of good players had played and were playing out there. Made me feel better about the decision to come.
How did you feel in Uruguay the first months taking into account food, language and habits? The transition at first was a bit difficult. To be honest when i first got there I didnt want to stay. But as time went on I became more comfortable and actually grew to like it. I got along with my teammates and the club did their best to make me feel welcome.
What do you think about Bohemios as a team? As a club i think Bohemios made great strides this season. They have some young talent that will develop into good players and I think that they made the right move in bringing a new coach. If the management ever got serious about winning, I think that Bohemios could be one of the better teams in the league.
Do you feel the fans support and love? The Bohemios fans are awesome! They are always supportive and are really loyal. I have made friends with alot of the die-hard supporters and still talk to them even though i dont play for bohemios anymore. Many of them have written to me to thank me for my efforts this season and I surely appreciate them.
The team didn't start well. Did You think you could be replaced? Yeah after the first round our morale was extremely low and there was definitely the thought that I might be shipped out. I resolved to just play every game like it was my last and leave it in the hands of the management on whether to keep me or not.
Why did the team change possitively? Well, i think for the players it just took the realization that we were better than the way we had been playing and when the new coach came in with a plan for us to win, everything kind of fell in to place.
How was your relationship with the coach German Fernandez? I had and continue to have a great relationship with coach Fernandez. He's a young coach but he knows the game and he listens to his players. I think that is an important trait in being a good coach. He demands the best out of his players and gives the same. I still talk to him from time to time.
You did a great championship. Was there a lack of luck in the playoff matches? Yeah, i saw that. Honestly, I thought that they would beat Aguada in the quarter finals. I really dont know what happened to the team.
Was it fair Aguada victory? Why? I cant say if Aguada deserved to win or not. I didnt play in the games nor did I watch it. However, it did seem like Aguada managed to contain every player on Bohemios except for Ramel. If that was their game plan, it worked. Congratulations to them.
It was a surprise for everybody you didn't play the playoffs. What happened? Yeah it was a surprise im sure to most people. But to those that know me, they knew that I had been angry about the situation with the league, the refs and the fans for about a month prior to that last game at Trouville. During that game, I saw a change in the mindset of the players and the fans. And the referees were powerless against it. It became such a volatile and dangerous environment leading up to that game that I decided that i had had enough. I was not gonna put the well being of my girl friend and my own career in jeopardy any longer. I had to leave immediately.
Were you suprised by any comment in the press? Yes, apparently it was written that I had left because i didnt want to take a drug test given by the league. However, i had decided to leave uruguay during that game before i even knew about the pending drug test. I left before the game was even over because of the fight that had broke out on the court. It had nothing to do with the drug test.
For the next season.Is it possible for you to come back? I have no idea. I dont know how the rules of the LUBB work so i dont know if I'm even allowed. I would be open to negotiations if it were possible but that is out of my hands. I just want to play in a place where i am accurately compensated for my work in an environment that is comfortable.
Where are you now? Where are you going to play in the near future? I am in Marbella Spain right now. I have a couple of deals in the works for perhaps turkey, Mexico or the Middle East. A decision should be coming in the next few days.
Finally. Bohemios had its best season in years.. A message for the fans please... All I can say to the fans is thanks. Thanks for the best wishes, thanks for the support at the games. I am truly sorry about the way i left but it had to be done. I wish you the very best in the future if we never meet again. And as always, VAMOS BOHEMIOS!
Bruno Fitipaldo selected the top Uruguayan playing abroad in last week's games - 8 hours ago
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Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Uruguayans who are currently playing abroad. This week's number one is an international point guard Bruno Fitipaldo (183-91, agency: Pro Sports). He could not help Galatasaray (5-13) in their last game. Despite Fitipaldo's very good performance the 16th-placed Galatasaray (5-13) lost 87-92 on the road to the higher-ranked (#15) Armani Milano in the group A of Euroleague.
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Uruguayans who are currently playing abroad.
#1. This week's number one is an international point guard Bruno Fitipaldo (183-91, agency: Pro Sports, currently plays in Euroleague). He could not help Galatasaray (5-13) in their last game. Despite Fitipaldo's very good performance the 16th-placed Galatasaray (5-13) lost 87-92 on the road to the higher-ranked (#15) Armani Milano in the group A of Euroleague.
He was the top scorer with 17 points. Fitipaldo also added 4 passes in 22 minutes on the court.
It's Fitipaldo's first season with the team.
He has relatively good stats this year: 11.0ppg, 3.5apg, 2FGP: 36.4%, 3FGP: 58.8%(10-17) and FT: 75.0% in four games he played so far.
Fitipaldo is currently a member of the Uruguayan senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to an international center Mathias Calfani (204-92, also represented by Pro Sports, currently plays in Argentina). He led San Lorenzo to a victory against the ninth-ranked Atenas (10-17) 92-78 in the Argentinian LigaA last Monday.
Calfani scored 15 points, had 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks.
San Lorenzo de Almagra (20-7) is placed first in Sur group.
This season Calfani has relatively solid stats: 10.1ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.9apg, 1.1bpg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 63.1%(89-141), 3FGP: 32.4% and FT: 62.5%.
He is in the roster of the Uruguayan senior national team.
#3. The Uruguayan player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Jayson Granger (189-89, currently plays in Euroleague). He was not able to help Anadolu Efes in their game against FC Barcelona (8-10) in the Euroleague.
Granger scored 6 points, had 6 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 3 balls in 23 minutes.
Anadolu Efes (#10) lost 78-89 in Barcelona to the higher-ranked (#9) FC Barcelona in the group A of Euroleague.
This year Granger averages: 8.7ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.8apg, 2FGP: 44.4%, 3FGP: 29.8% and FT: 83.3% in 18 games.
He has a dual citizenship: Uruguayan and Italian.
Worth to mention Granger played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Granger played for the Uruguayan national team two years ago.
#4. An experienced power forward Esteban Batista (208-83, agency: Duran International, currently plays in China) led North Control to a victory over the closely-ranked Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank (9-21) 103-92 in the Chinese CBA in Friday night's game.
He was MVP of the game. Batista recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 7 assists and 2 blocks.
North Control Beijing (7-22) is placed 17th in the CBA.
Batista has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.9ppg, 13.4rpg, 2.3apg and 1.6spg.
Batista is another player who holds two passports: Uruguayan and Spanish.
He is also Uruguayan national team player.
#5. Former international point guard Santiago Vidal (180-89, another player represented by Pro Sports, currently plays in Argentina) was not able to secure a victory for Regatas Corrientes (16-11) in their game against Ferrocarril (17-9) in the Argentinian LigaA.
Vidal scored 6 points in 17 minutes.
Regatas Corrientes (#3) lost 73-83 in Buenos Aires to the second-ranked Ferrocarril in the Norte group.
This year Vidal's overall stats are: 4.5ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.9apg in 25 games.
He used to play for the Uruguayan national team
two years ago.
#6. Forward Maximiliano Sole (198-88, another player represented by Duran International, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in a Real Madrid II's victory against the 14th-ranked Torrelodones (3-11) 87-68 in a derby game in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) in Saturday night's game.
He recorded 16 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists in 25 minutes.
Real Madrid II (11-5) is placed third in Group B.
Sole has reliable stats this year: 11.2ppg, 8.6rpg, 2.9apg and 1.9spg in 16 games.
He is a former international player as he played for the Uruguayan senior team two years ago.
#7. Former U21 international forward Martin Volf (198-80, currently plays in Czech Republic) couldn't help BK Loko Plzen (6-8) in their game against Slavoj BK Litomerice (11-4) in the Czech Republic 1Liga (second division).
He scored 6 points.
BK Loko Plzen (#6) was defeated 73-66 in Litomerice by the second-ranked Slavoj BK in the Group A.
There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
Volf's stats this season are: 11.0ppg.
He used to play for the Uruguayan U21 national team
seventeen years ago.
#8. Small forward Rodrigo Deus (195-97, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Palma II (7-5) in their game against CB Pardinyes-Lleida (10-2) in the Spanish EBA (fourth division).
Deus scored only 4 points in 15 minutes.
Palma II (#6) was crushed 98-64 in Lleida by the second-ranked CB Pardinyes- in the Group C-B.
It was Palma II's third consecutive loss in a row.
This year Deus' total stats are: 2.8ppg and 1.8rpg in 12 games.
He used to play for the Uruguayan U18 national team
back in 2014.
The list of other players, who all have Uruguayan passport but never been selected to any of Uruguayan national teams:
#1. Experienced Brad Kanis (218-C-83, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Grand Canyon, currently plays in Spain) led Quart to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Valls Nutrion (5-8) 93-75 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) on Saturday night.
Kanis recorded 18 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks.
CB Quart-Germans Cruz (11-2) is placed first in Group C-B.
It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row.
Kanis' total stats this season are: 9.3ppg and 4.2rpg.
He is a naturalized American.
Kanis used to play for Atletico Welcome in Uruguayan league.
#2.Phillip Holm (175-PG-80, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a CAM E.Soler's victory against the eighth-ranked Novaschool (4-8) 80-70 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) last Saturday.
Holm recorded 10 points.
Ciudad Autonoma de Melilla Enrique Soler (9-4) is placed first in Group D-A.
His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical.
Holm's total stats this season are: 5.7ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.5apg.
He has a dual citizenship: Uruguayan and German.
#3.Facundo Medina (190-G-94, currently plays in Argentina) managed to help Tomas de Rocamora in a 1-point victoryagainst the leader Estudiantes Olavarria (14-7) 73-72 in the Argentinian TNA (second division) on Saturday night.
Medina scored only 2 points in 13 minutes.
Tomas de Rocamora (9-9) is placed fifth in Center South group.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial.
Medina's stats this year are: 11.8ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.6apg in 18 games he played so far.
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