Get To Know The Beavs: Amaya Gastaminza

Oct. 23, 2009

Amaya Gastaminza comes to Oregon State this season and immediately becomes one of the furthest traveled student-athletes at the university. She comes to Corvallis from Pamplona, Spain and with an accomplished International career already. She can be seen wearing No. 30 for the Beavers this season.

Take a look and learn more about one of the Beavers' newest players.

WHO: Amaya Gastaminza is an athletic forward who had an outstanding International and high school career while in Spain. She is one of the top players in her age group in Spain and was rated as one of top 15 players at European Championships in 2009. Amaya is a balanced player, bringing rebounding prowess and good shot selection to the lineup.

WHERE SHE COMES FROM: Amaya attended IES Joaquim Blume High School, but since she was in Spain, saw more action in the International game, getting a lot of action against other countries. And that was very good competition.

She played for Barcelona from 2005-2009. She saw action on Spain's U-16, U-18 and U-19 national teams at various International tournaments the past two years. Amaya was ranked among the top 15 players at the U-18 European Championships in summer of 2009. She saw action in the U18 European Championship this past summer, playing in nine games and averaging 11.1 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.

Gastaminza scored 20 points to go along with seven rebounds against the Ukraine and had 16 points and 10 rebounds against France this past year.

At the U19 World Championships, she also played in nine games, averaging 4.3 points per.

At the U16 European Championships in 2007, averaged 9.6 points and 5.4 boards per game. She shot 48.1 percent. Amaya had 14 points and seven rebounds against Belgium. She also tallied 14 points and six rebounds against the Czech Republic.

WHO SHE IS: Amaya was born in Pamplona, Spain. She is the daughter of Ana Ganuza and Agustin Gastaminza and has two siblings: Mikel, 20, and Jolen, 11. Amaya does not have a major determined yet but is interested in civil engineering. She enjoys movies and other sports in her spare time. Her favorite athlete growing up was Los Angeles Lakers' superstar Kobe Bryant. Amaya's favorite movie is Love Actually. Of all the cities in the U.S., Amaya most wants to see New York City. She enjoys going out with friends and relaxing on days off. She claims to not having any pre-game superstitions. What would be the best word to best describe her? 'Adventurous'. In 10 years, she wants to still be playing basketball and be with her family. Lastly, Amaya chose Oregon State because of its academics and the team.

Gastaminza and the Beavers open up preparations for the 2009-10 season tonight when the team is allowed its first practice by the NCAA. Stay tuned to osubeavers.com to learn more about members of the 2009-10 and to read more about the upcoming season. OSU opens its exhibition season Nov. 2 at legendary Gill Coliseum.

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