Fuenlabrada hires Hugo López as new head coach

Former Real Madrid assistant to coach 2015 NBA prospect Moussa Diagne

Photo courtesy of Baloncesto Fuenlabrada

Montakit Fuenlabrada announced the hiring of new head coach Hugo López on Thursday.

López, a former assistant under Pablo Laso at Gipuzkoa (2009-11) and Real Madrid (2011-14), replaces Luis Casimiro, whom the team fired this week after a 3-12 start. Fuenlabrada is tied with Sevilla for the worst record in the ACB and sits in the relegation zone entering Jornada 16.

López, 39, will coach his first game Sunday night at home against Iberostar Tenerife (6-9). The team will formally introduce him Friday at a press conference in Fuenlabrada at 12:00 CET.

This will be López’s first stint as a head coach in the ACB. However, he served as an assistant coach in Spain from 2002-14 and accepted the head coaching position for the Malabo Kings (Equatorial Guinea) last summer.

In Fuenlabrada, López will reunite with Jimmy Baron and ACB leading scorer Andy Panko, both of whom he worked with at Gipuzkoa.

López will also be coaching 2015 NBA Draft prospect Moussa Diagne.

Diagne, 20, is in the midst of a breakout season in the ACB, averaging a career-high 15.2 minutes per game. The 6’10” Senegalese center posted 11 points and 11 rebounds against both Real Madrid and FC Barcelona this season.

Diagne is the No. 4 prospect in DraftExpress.com’s 1994 international rankings.

Austin Green runs LosCrossovers.com from Madrid, Spain with the occasional help of his friends and colleagues.

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