Gustavo Barrera
Team: NON-NBA College Team: Melilla
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H: 6' 4"
W: 180 lbs
Bday: 04/07/1985
(31 Years Old)
Current: PG
Possible: PG
High School:
Hometown: Mercedes, Uruguay

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Roundup: New Year, Same Rudy
January 15, 2007

The LEB is actually quite a tough league for youngsters, not only because of the notable level, but particularly because of the competitiveness you find with teams desperately wanting to move up to the ACB League. Faverani is not the only guy suffering the consequences. Just ask Gustavo Barrera (better known as Panchi Barrera), who is already almost out of Leche Rio Breogan. He was reportedly yelled at loudly by his coach during the game played on the 4th of this month. Following that day, Panchi has never reported back to team practices, and Breogan wants him out. This season, he has averaged 2.3 points, 1.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game, meaning a great step back from what he did the last campaign. Barrera is becoming a doomed player too early in his career, and itís a very sad story considering the fact that weíre talking about a major basketball talent.

Coming from Uruguay, Barrera enjoyed his coming-out party in Spain, coupling with Rudy FernŠndez in the LíHospitalet Tournament in 2003 while leading Joventut to victory there. Panchi impressed everyone with his passing skills and court vision, while his connection with Rudy paid huge dividends. Afterwards, both followed opposite directions. While Rudy had a terrific rookie season in the ACB League with Joventut, Panchi was sidelined because of his foreign passport, which limited his ability to crack into Joventutís or any other teamís roster. He spent almost two years inactive, severely hurting his development in crucial years and frustrating the hopes he had coming to Spain. According to people in Joventut, he somehow lost the joy of playing the game. Still, last season he enjoyed really nice game stretches when loaned to Ciudad de Huelva, basically whenever his coach trusted him with big minutes. However, it seems heís not a guy who easily overcomes adversity, and frustration might have been stronger than him this time.

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