Quilmes Mar del Plata (LigaA) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old Puerto Rican international power forward Ricardo Sanchez (212-104kg-87, agency: BeoBasket). He played in the summer at Brujos de Guayama in Puerto Rican BSN league.
Sanchez managed to play in three leagues in three countries last year (!!!). In 28 BSN games he recorded 7.0ppg, 5.2rpg and 2.0apg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Puerto Rican BSN All-Star Game. He also played that season for Caballos in Panamanian league where in three Liga Americas games he averaged 12.3ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.7apg.
In 2005 Sanchez was drafted by Portland Trail Blazers (NBA) in second round (35 th overall).
Among other achievements his team made it to the Puerto Rican Manuel Zeno Gandia Cup final in 2015. Sanchez received also Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN 2nd Team award in 2011 and 2015.
He has been also a member of Puerto Rican international program for some years. Sanchez has regularly played for Puerto Rican senior team since 2007 and previously for U21 National Team between 2004 and 2005.
He also represented Puerto Rico at the Centrobasket in Panama City (Panama) last year. Sanchez’s team won Gold and his stats at that event were 6 games: 4.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.2apg.
Sanchez is a very experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America) in five different countries. Sanchez has played previously professionally also in Mexico (Halcones Rojos and Fuerza Regia), Spain (Movil Estudiantes and La ICL Manresa), Venezuela and Argentina (Weber Bahia, Libertad Sunchales and Regatas Corrientes) and Puerto Rico (Manati, Cangrejeros and Indios).
The scouts decsribe him following way: Great talent and size. Sanchez needs to add toughness and versatility to his offensive game. Right now he is a great shooter, but doesn’t score that much of the dribble. His ball handling skills are terrific, especially considering his size. Needs to gain some muscle and start getting dirty under the boards.