BRA - Stallworth dreams of national team spot
SAO PAULO (FIBA Americas Championship/FIBA Basketball World Cup) - Shamell Stallworth hails from Alabama in the United States and played college basketball for the San Francisco Dons, but now´s he´s a pro in his adopted home of Brazil.
The Pinheiros captain is, without a doubt, one of the best players in the country.
One of his crowning achievements just happened while running up and down the floor at the FIBA Americas League Final Four in Arecibo, Puerto Rico.
Stallworth, 32, helped fire his side to the title.
"I don´t have any words to describe how happy I am,” he said.
"It was very important for the club to win the title and something for my career as well.
"We dreamed of this title, but we did not know it would come so fast. It was wonderful."
Even better, Stallworth was named Final Four MVP.
"It was pretty cool, too,” he said, “but anyway, what should be highlighted is the work of the group.
“The award I got was due to the good performance of the other 11 players, too, because without them I would not get there."
"I think I'm almost at the peak of my fitness again," he said.
"I came back very fast on the court and I was picking up the pace of play at the right time.
"I'm at a point in my career when I´m acutely aware of my role on the court.
“I think all this, with the help of my colleagues, led me to individual achievement."
Meanwhile, one can’t live in Brazil right now and not feel the buzz created by the national team.
Stallworth is a fan.
"I think of all the wonderful work done by (coach Ruben) Magnano," he said.
"The national team now plays offensively and defensively.
"This shows the attitude that he brought for the team and the change of Brazilian basketball."
Stallworth would like to put on the Brazil shirt himself one day.
He is keeping his fingers crossed that he can become a naturalized player and represent the country.
"Yes, I still have this dream in my heart," he said to the Brazilian Basketball Confederation.
"I really want to have the opportunity to train and fight for a place in the Brazil team.
"That alone would be wonderful. But I know it takes patience, it is a time consuming process."