- Juan Ignacio Sánchez
Infobox Euroleague Player
caption = Pepe Sánchez warming up with AXA FC Barcelona.
nickname = Pepe
height_ft = 6
height_in = 4
weight_lb = 195
league = Spanish League
team = Real Madrid
nationality = Argentine
league = ACB
birth_date = birth date and age|1977|5|8
Bahía Blanca, Argentina
college = Temple
draft = Not drafted
career_start = 2000
Philadelphia 76ers(2000–2001) Atlanta Hawks(2001)
Etosa Alicante (2003–2004)
Unicaja Málaga (2004–2007)
AXA FC Barcelona (2007–2008)
Juan Ignacio Sánchez Brown, also known as Pepe Sánchez (born
May 8 1977in Bahía Blanca) is an Argentine professional basketballplayer, and point guardfor Spanish league club power Real Madrid and Argentina's 2004 Olympic basketball Tournament champion Argentine basketball team. Pepe Sánchez (1.93 metres, 6 feet 4 inches tall) was the first Argentine to play in the NBA, though he only played three unsuccessful seasons, with the Atlanta Hawks(5 games) Philadelphia 76ers(24 games), Detroit Pistons(9 games) and the Golden State Warriors, averaging only 5 minutes per game.
At age 12, he began playing for the youth team of Club Bahiense del Norte, together with future NBA star Emanuel Ginóbili. At age 17 he moved to
Deportivo Rocafor the 1994/95 season of the Argentine League, where he played point guard. The following year, he accepted a scholarship offer from Temple Universityin Philadelphia, but stayed in Argentina during the 1995/96 season, playing for Estudiantes de Bahía Blanca.
After his participation in the 1996 Youth Panamerican Tournament in
Puerto Rico, where he represented Argentina's national basketball team, he moved to Philadelphia where he played for the Temple Owlscollege team for 4 years under Hall of Fame coach John Chaney, and finished his career as the #2 player in the NCAA in steals. As a junior, the crafty point guard guided the Owls to an appearance in the Elite Eight, where they fell to Duke. Despite averaging only 5.6 points per game as a senior, he was named a Third Team All-American by the Associated Press. He earned a degree in history at Temple in 2000.
Argentine national team
Sánchez was first called up to the Argentine senior national team in 1998. With Argentina, he played at the World Championships at both the
1998 FIBA World Championshipand the 2002 FIBA World Championship(where he won the silver medal), the South American Championship 1999 (where he won the silver medal), and at the 2004 Olympic Basketball Tournament (where he won the gold medal).
Sánchez's performance at the 2006 FIBA World Basketball Championship was quite satisfactory, with the Argentine press choosing him as the most outstanding player in the team [ [http://www.clarin.com/diario/2006/08/25/conexiones/t-01259041.htm Voto de confianza ] ] .
Europe, Sánchez won the Euroleaguechampionship in the Euroleague 2001-02season while playing with the Greek League club Panathinaikos, and he became the second best point guard in the Spanish League with Etosa AlicanteFact|date=February 2007. He transferred to Spanish Unicaja Málaga in 2004, with whom he won the 2005/06 ACB League; Unicaja's first Spanish League title. After three years at Unicaja, he left as a free agent when his contract expired at the end of the 2006-07 season. [cite web|url=http://www.unicajabaloncesto.com/leer_noticia.php?id_not=4309 |title=Despedida de Pepe Sánchez |publisher=Baloncesto Málaga |language=Spanish |date=2007-06-22 |accessdate=2007-06-29] On August 13 2007, he signed with FC Barcelona. [cite web|url=http://www.euroleague.net/news/i/14895/180/item |title=AXA F.C. Barcelona lands passing wizard Sanchez |publisher="Euroleague.net" |date= 2007-08-13|accessdate=2007-09-21]
In July 2008, he signed with Real Madrid. [cite web|url=http://www.realmadrid.com/cs/Satellite/es/1202738863099/noticia/ComunicadoOficial/COMUNICADO_OFICIAL_2008-07-03.htm |title=COMUNICADO OFICIAL - Pepe Sánchez, nuevo jugador del Real Madrid de baloncesto |publisher=Realmadrid.com |date=2008-07-03 |accessdate=2008-07-03]
Since he also possesses Spanish citizenship, his inclusion on the roster of any Spanish team does not count towards the foreign player intake limit allowed to teams in that country, or to teams anywhere in the
European Union(see Bosman rulingfor the reason).
Deportivo Roca( Argentina)
Estudiantes de Bahía Blanca(Argentina)
*1996/2000 Temple Owls (
Philadelphia 76ers(United States)
Atlanta Hawks(United States)
*2001/2002 Panathinaikos (
Detroit Pistons(United States)
Golden State Warriors, pre-season (United States)
*2003/2004 Etosa Alicante (
*2004-2007 Unicaja Málaga (Spain)
*2007-2008 AXA FC Barcelona (Spain)
*2008- Real Madrid (Spain)
Notes and References
* [http://www.euroleague.net/competition/players/showplayer?gamecode=216&pcode=AZU Euroleague.net Profile]
* [http://www.nba.com/playerfile/pepe_sanchez/?nav=page NBA.com player file]
* [http://www.pepe-sanchez.com/ Official site] es
* [http://www.nba.com/espanol/bio_pepe_sanchez.html Short Biography and Statistics] es
* [http://www.acb.com/jugador.php?id=B1E File, at the Spanish ACB league] es
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