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Name: Marcelo Huertas 'Marcelinho'
Number: 9
Position: Point Guard
Place of birth: Sao Paulo (Brazil)
Date of Birth: May 25th, 1983
Height: 190 cm
Contract: Until June 2015

Marcelo Huertas

Marcelinho began his career in the youth team of his hometown club, Paulistano, from Sao Paulo, and one season (2000/01) in U.S. High School, where he played in Coppell (Texas).

He’s a player with character and leadership skills, quick, explosive and able to get fans out if their seats with spectacular moves. Marcelo Huertas has gained, over the years, the ideal maturity that Regal FC Barcelona is looking for. This and his desire to come to Barça were keys to his signing.


He came to DKV Joventut when he was 21. Joventut was his first experience in Catalonia and the ACB League. He began to dazzle the fans in the Olympic Stadium in Badalona with his performances, and his first year was the best of the three that Marcelinho was at Joventut. With average court time of 17 minutes he scored 7 points and made two assists per game. As for titles, he won the FIBA Cup.


In his second year his progress was noted in terms of his impact on the game. The minutes he played were increasingly important, although it wasn’t the year when he played most minutes. He had an average of 15 minutes per game and 7 points. Regarding his overall valuation, this rose to seven points.


In his third season in the ACB, Marcelinho Huertas saw his minutes drop a little, 14 on average, and his points average too: 5 points per game. Despite this, Joventut and Huertas had a very good season, as they reached the fifth game of the semifinals of the ACB League, where they lost to Real Madrid.
In his three seasons in Badalona he played a total of 121 games, 99 in the regular season and 22 in the playoffs.


In 2007/08 he played in the ranks of Bilbao Basket. With the Basque team he played a total of 36 ACB games (34 in the regular season and 2 in the playoffs). His presence on court, in terms of minutes, increased significantly and his performances were excellent, with an average of 14.5 points and 4 assists.
In Bologna, the Brazilian point guard played 29 matches in the League, with averages of 10.4 points and 2.5 assists, and 6 Eurocup matches, with an average of 8.7 points and 2.6 assists.


Despite his big year in the Basque Country, Huertas went to La Lega in Italy, to aid his progression. He played one season in the ranks of Fortitudo Bologna (GMAC Bologna at the time) where he was credited with 10.4 points per game and 2.5 assists, in 27 minutes. Despite the important role he played, Fortitudo were relegated.


During his time in Vitoria, Marcelo had most minutes on the court, which helped him to mature a lot as a player. In his first season, he was a key element in achieving the league title in the ACB League Final against Barcelona. In the season 2009/10, Huertas played a total of 37 games (27 in the regular season and 10 in the playoffs), with averages of 8.5 points and 4.9 assists.


In his second year with Dusko Ivanovic he played a total of 39 games, with averages of 9.9 points and 5.9 assists. In the Euroleague, Marcelinho played a total of 20 games (10.3 points and 5.5 assists) in the 2010/11 season, and was chosen by players, coaches, media and the general public, as the best point guard in the ACB .



Catalan League Champion 2005/06 (Joventut)
FIBA Eurocup Champion 2005/06 (Joventut)

Caja Laboral

Champion ACB League 2009/10 (Caja Laboral)

FC Barcelona

2011/12 Supercup ACB
2011/12 Catalan League

National Team

Gold Medal, Tournament of the Americas, in Santo Domingo (2005)
Champion South American Championships, in Caracas (2006)
Gold Medal, Pan American Games, in Rio de Janeiro (2007)
Gold Medal, Tournament of the Americas, in Puerto Rico (2009)

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