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Wizards’ Jaime Echenique becomes first Colombia-born NBA player


Not only did the Washington Wizards take a big double-digit home victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday, they’ve also made a bit of history along the way.

With 3:04 to go to play, Jaime Echenique registered for Bradley Beal and became the very first NBA player born in Colombia.

Echenique, 24, played with Capital City Go-Go – the Wizards’ G-League affiliate – this season before signing a 10-day contract with Washington earlier Thursday. He took note of what it would be like to become Colombia’s first NBA player last month.

“It would be great for my country, I’m not going to lie,” Echenique said. “It would be a great representation to have a Colombian player in the NBA. To be honest, personally, I never focused on being the first, second or third because it doesn’t matter if you succeed is if you stay.

Echenique’s road to wizards has been long and interesting. His father was a bus driver and his mother was a chef, essentially working around the clock throughout Jaime’s childhood. He started playing basketball at the age of 13 and has never looked back.

From Colombia, Echenique has made stops at Trinity Valley Community College, Wichita state, the Wizards’ Summer League team, Go-Go and now finally the Wizards.

“It’s just a dream come true to be in this position,” Echenique said in November. “I appreciated it. I am grateful to God for this opportunity.