IPRB has confirmed that JJ Barea and his childhood friend have started an Travel Team Program, TEAM BAREA. Sources close to the team have confirmed that Christian Santaella is the President of the program which enters the grassroots game this summer by fielding a team at the prestigious Nike Global Challenge. Santaella spent last year with the front office at the Washington Wizards while completing his graduate degree at Georgetown.
His first move was getting former NBA Champ and Puerto Rican legend, Butch Lee to join the coaching staff as Associate Head Coach of the 19U Team after getting Rolando Hourrutiner to accept the Head Coach position.
Team Barea will field a 16U and 17U team next summer. More info to come on this move and how it impacts other travel team programs including Pump and Run, Bucaplaa and Miami Tropics.