” 19-year-old Spanish international Jaime Fernandez has gradually carved out a spot on the Asefa Estudiantes roster.The historical Madrid club are currently in fifth place in the Liga Endesa with a 5-3 record, with the young point guard averaging 12 minutes, contributing 5.2 points and one assist per game.Fernandez is partially handed this opportunity because, traditionally, Estudiantes place enormous emphasis on their youth system.The entire club has been operating for the best part of seven decades under the assumption that today’s junior team players are tomorrow’s senior team linchpins.Another big part however is the hard work he’s put in with the national team.During four consecutive years, he went off with Spain at the beginning of the summer and returned a better player in September.”It’s helped my development enormously,” Fernandez told”I think the youth national teams are very formative because you get to play with the best players at your age not only in Europe, but the entire world.”The truth is it helps me a lot in the summer, I also work very hard for it and it’s paid dividends.”

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