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Garuba becomes Real Madrid's youngest-ever starter

NEWS | 28/09/2019

The forward debuted aged 17 years and six months against Joventut to claim Doncic's record.
 
Usman Garuba sent the record, previously held by Luka Doncic, tumbling in the league curtain-raiser against Joventut de Badalona as the Spanish forward became the youngstest-ever player to start a competitive game in Real Madrid's ACB history, doing so aged 17 years, six months and 19 days to wrestle the record from the Slovenian, who made his bow at the age of 17 years, eight months and 16 days.

At the age of 16 years and seven months, Garuba made his Real Madrid bow as he became the third-youngest player in the club's history, behind Doncic and Roberto Núñez to debut. On that day, the 28 October 2018 against San Pablo Burgos, he also became the youngest forward to make his debut in the Endesa League. This season sees Garuba feature as a member of the first-team roster. Pablo Laso last night included him in his starting five and he played his part in the madridistas' 69-88 win, posting five points, two rebounds and claiming a stunning block in the space of 13:15 minutes on court. This record in question belonged to another starlet by the name of Luka Doncic, who made his first starting appearance for the Whites in the ACB on 13 November 2016 against Iberostar Tenerfie, when he was also aged 17 but he did so two months later than Garuba.
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