Alessandro Gentile
103 kg
Alessandro Gentile
Shooting Guard, Small Forward
Born in: Maddaloni (CE)() on 12/11/1992

Both a shooting guard and a small forward, Alessandro Gentile came to Milano on December 19, 2010. He was named Best Under 22 Player in the Italian League for the 2013/14 season. He also won the playoffs' Mvp award during the same season. Fiba Europe included him among the top 10 European players of 2014.
2015/16 SEASON - He averaged 20.0 points per game during a Euroleague season limited to six games by several injiuries. In those six games, he was the Euroleague's best scorer. He suffered also the fracture of his right hand. Still, he made the winning basket in Game 3 of the Italian league quarterfinals in Trento. He finished the season winning his second championship as the team captain, to go along the Italy Cup.
2014/15 SEASON - He set his new Euroleague personal bests by dishing 8 assists and grabbing 7 rebounds against Barcelona at home. He tied his rebounding best against Vitoria in the game he set his new personal best of points scored with 29. He was as a result named Euroleague's Mvp of the week... On April 12th he scored 14 points against Rome and became the 30th scorer in Olimpia's history surpassing his father Nando Gentile... Against Bologna, he grabbed 11 rebounds setting another personal-best.... In Brindisi, on May 3, he surpassed the 2.000-point barrier in the Italian League... he finished the regular season with career-best in 2-point shooting (57.7%), free-throw shooting (84.0%), assists (3.4, his sixth consecutive years of improving on the previous season) and rebounds (4.4)... Career-highs also in two-point basket scored (9, vs Caserta), most free-throw made in a game without missing (10/10 in Pistoia), most fouls drawn (9 in Pistoia)... During the pkayoffs, he scored at least 20 points in five consecutive games, the third longet streak ever...
2013/14 SEASON - In Istanbul he set his new personal best in Euroleague for points scored in a game with 19 but later reset the record by scoring 24 points against Barcelona, in Milano. He set his new personal-best of points scored in a Serie A game with 28, in Cantù. He surpassed that same record by scoring 29 points in Montegranaro. During the process he also set his new personal bests in rebounds (10) and index rating (40). He has 23 points with a personal playoff best 4/5 from three against Sassari in the semifinal game 1. The 23 points were also a playoff-high but he did better in game 3 of the same series by scoring 25... He became the fourth Italian player capable to score at least 20 points in three consecutive playoff-game after Giampiero Savio, Antonello Riva and Roberto Premier. He scored 23 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in Game 6 of the Italian League finals on his way to be named playoffs' Mvp.
2012/13 SEASON - On December 30, 2012, in Biella he scored 24 points setting his new personal best in Serie A... He also scored is home-best against Siena, 21 points, and one game later he scored 23 in Venezia.... He surpassed his career-high again in Desio on April 28th by scoring 25 points. In the very same game he set his personal best for points scored in a quarter by exploding for 16 in the first period... On April 6th, in a game against Pesaro, he broke the 1000-point for his career barrier... On April 14th, in Varese, he interrupted a streak of 8 consecutive double-digit games but the next game he re-started the streak and had 14 double-digit games in a span of 15... On May 5, against Brindisi, he dished 10 assists destroying his old career-high of 5.
HIS CAREER - After one year in the Virtus Bologna youth system, in 2007/08 he moved to Benetton Treviso, team he led to the Under 18 final game. The next season, he won the Under 19 Italian championship. He scored 33 points in the final against Siena. He made his debut in Serie A in 2009/10, when he averaged 3.3 points per game and an high of 23 on the road, against Caserta, the original team of his father Nando. In 2010/11 he reached the Eurocup Final Four with Benetton, made his debut in the National team and led the Under 20 Italian team to the silver medal at the Eurochampionships in Bilbao. He's been selected with the number 53 of the 2014 NBA draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves who then traded his rights to the Houston Rockets.
NOTES – His very first team wad Maddaloni, close to Caserta, where he was born. He's been the youngest player in the playoffs history to score at least 20 points in a game. He did it in game 1 of the 2011 quartefinalds in Avellino. He was 18 years old. He's been the fourth best scorer at the Under 20 Eurochampionships in 2011 averaging 18.2 points per game. His father Nando led Olimpia Milano to its last championship in 1996 surpassing in the finals a Fortitudo Bologna team coached by Sergio Scariolo. His father won also the 2000 Euroleague championship playing for Panathinaikos... His older brother Stefano played for Olimpia Milano in 2007/08... With 19 years, 6 months and 28 days Alessandro has been the third youngest player to start a final game behind Antonello Riva and his father Nando. Still, Alessandro is now the youngest starter in a final game in the Olimpia Milano's history... He was the 2012 All-Star Game leading scorer with 18 points. At the 2013 Eurochampionships he led Italy in scoring with 14.2 ppg, he was also the sixth best scorer overall and the third best free throw shooter with 86.7%... At the 2015 European championship he averaged 16.8 ppg, sixth overall, and averaged 32.8 minutes per gambe, fifth best. He scored 27 points against Israel setting the new personal record of points scored with the National Team.