Gandia-Rosa selected by Santeros de Aguada

Drew McDonald, Sports Editor

After UNF’s win over JU last Thursday, Ivan Gandia-Rosa was already in a good mood. 

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Gandia-Rosa leads the ASUN in assists per game with 5.7.

The Ospreys won their second straight game at Swisher Gymnasium filled with a surprising amount of UNF fans.

Little did he know that more good news would come after the game. 

“The draft was the same time as the game,” Gandia-Rosa said.  “I wasn’t paying much attention to that and then I found out after the game through social media and people calling to congratulate me.”

Gandia-Rosa was selected third overall by Santeros de Aguada, the reigning champions of the Baloncesto Superior Nacional de Puerto Rico. If he does join the Santeros, Gandia-Rosa looks forward to being closer to his family. 

“It would mean a lot especially for the rest of my family who haven’t been able to see me play in Jacksonville,” Gandia-Rosa said. “It would mean the whole world to me.”

Growing up in Caguas, Puerto Rico, the senior used to go to BSN games and now it might become a full circle moment if Gandia-Rosa joins the Santeros. 

“I’ve been to many of the games of that league and it’s really good,” Gandi-Rosa said. “My experience at those games has been really fun and hopefully some more kids come to see our games.”

The BSN has had a history of being a launching pad for NBA players like J.J. Barea and Carlos Arroyo. 

Gandia-Rosa hasn’t made a decision yet and is focusing on finishing this season for the Ospreys in their quest for the ASUN Championship. 


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