Valencia Basket kept working on its roster for its Turkish Airlines EuroLeague return next season by re-signing small forward Fernando San Emeterio for one more year, the club announced Thursday. San Emeterio (1.99 meters, 35 years old) averaged 10.3 points on excellent shooting percentages (56.9% 2FG, 42.9% 3FG, 83.3% FT) and 2.1 rebounds in 16 7DAYS EuroCup games last season. He boosted his numbers to 15 points and 3.3 rebounds in the EuroCup Finals against ALBA Berlin, helping Valencia win his fourth EuroCup title. It was San Emeterio's first EuroCup crown, after losing finals with Akasvayu Girona in 2008 and Valencia in 2017. San Emeterio has plenty of EuroLeague experience - he has played eight years in the competition, seven of them with Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz and one with Valencia. He has accumulated 1,584 points and 546 rebounds in 163 EuroLeague career games, was chosen to the 2010-11 All-EuroLeague First Team and earned EuroLeague Round MVP honors five times. San Emeterio has played his entire career in Spanish teams - Valladolid was his first professional club, followed by Girona, Baskonia and Valencia. He has won two Spanish League titles - with Baskonia in 2010, hitting the series-winning shot, and Valencia in 2017. San Emeterio also lifted the Spanish Copa del Rey trophy with Baskonia in 2009 and won the FIBA Eurocup title with Girona in 2007. He has been a member of the national team, helping it win four EuroBasket medals - gold in 2011 and 2015, bronze in 2013 and 2017, as well as a silver medal at the 2012 Olympic Games.
"I am very happy to stay in Valencia one more year. I have felt comfortable since I arrived and wanted to stay in the team, so I am happy I was able to do it," San Emeterio said after the agreement. "We come off a good year in which we won the EuroCup and reached the Spanish League semifinals, but the good thing is that our people and the environment don't see it as an excellent year. That shows the growth we are having as a club, what we have been doing in recent years and how self-demanding players are. We have to keep going down that road, and it is one of my main motivations for next season."