Jamel McLean came to Milano in the summer of 2015 after a German League Mvp's season with Alba Berlin.
2016/17 SEASON - He contributed to the team's triumph in the Supercup and Italy Cup. He finished the EuroLeague season 13th in free-throws attempted and 14th in free throws made.
2015/16 SEASON - He was instrumental during the season that brought the Italian league championship and the Italian Cup back to Milano. He was also named Euroleague's MVP of the week after a stellar 26-point game over Efes Instanbul.
HIS CAREER - Born on April 18, 1988, in Brooklyn, New York, he grew up in Hampton, Virginia. He’s a 2.03 mt. power forward, who used to play for Bethel High School in Hampton and eventually at Tulsa University in Oklahoma. He stayed there just one season before moving to Xavier, in Cincinnati Ohio. He played at Xavier until 2011, he was Atlantic-10 conference’s third team while leading it in offensive rebounds with 3.6 per game. He was undrafted in 2011 and came immediately to Europe signing for Leuven in Belgium and then Ostende. He moved to Germany in 2013, playing for Telekom Bonn and finally to Alba Berlin where he made his Euroleague debut. During the 2013/14 Eurocup season in Bonnhe averaged 15.5 points per game while shooting 53.6% from the field and grabbing 6.0 rebounds per game. In the 2014/15 Euroleague season he averaged 13.0 points per game, conquered 5.8 rebounds and was a 57.0% shooter. In the German League he averaged 14.3 points per game, took 6.3 rebounds and was a 63.4% field goal shooter.
NOTES – Jamel McLean attended the same Allen Iverson’s high school in Bethel… He scored the winning basket, on a running jumper, against San Antonio last preseason in Berlin…
Simone Fontecchio came to Milano during the summer of 2016 coming from Virtus Bologna. He immediately won both the Supercup and the Italy Cup. His 2016/17 campaign was marred by a right hand fracture.
HIS CAREER - In spite of his young age, Simone Fontecchio is a 4-year veteran of the Italian league with 40 starts during the last two seasons, all spent in Virtus Bologna, the club that acquired him from Pescara. Two years ago, Fontecchio averaged 7.4 points per game in 24.5 minutes. He was named best young player of the league. During the season, twice he made the winning three-pointer for his team, in Pistoia and at home against Avellino. The last season, he averaged 9.2 points and 3.5 rebounds while converting 32.8% of his three-pointers and 83.8% of his free throws. He had also 1.9 assists per game in 27.5 minutes.
NOTES – Fontecchio is the son of former Italian Women National Team, Malì Pomilio who also won two Euroleagues with Vicenza. His father is Daniele Fontecchio, who was a world-class hurdler in the eighties. His brother is Luca Fontecchio, who’s a basketball player too. Simone participated in the Jordan Classic in 2011 and played five European championships for young players. At the Under 18 Europeans in 2013 he averaged 15.8 points per game with 4.9 rebounds. At the 2015 Under 20 Eurochampionship he averaged 10.6 points per game and 3.9 boards.READ ALL »
Ricky Hickman signed for Milano during the summer of 2016 coming from Fenerbahce Istanbul.
2016/17 SEASON - He was named MVP of the EuroLeague's Round 1 when Olimpia edged Maccabi. During the EuroLeague season he surpassed 1.000 points, 100 threes and 100 steals for his career... He was the Italy Cup's MVP after scoring 25 points with 5 for 7 from three in the decisive game against Sassari.
HIS CAREER - Ricky Hickman played high school ball at East Forsyth, North Carolina. He moved just a little to play college ball at UNC-Greensboro from 2003 to 2007. He started his European career in Hungary, in Pecs, then he moved to Romania where he played for Otopeni of Bucarest. In 2008, he signed for Gottingen in Germany second division but was transferred to Giessen mid-season. In 2009/10 he played in Lahti, Finland scoring 23.7 points per game. At the end of the season he went to Casale Monferrato where in 2011 was MVP of the Italian second league winning the championship and scoring 17.5 points on average while converting 40.2% of his three-point attempts. He signed for Pesaro next where he led the team to the Italian league semifinal (1-3 against Olimpia) while averaging 16.0 points per game. From Pesaro he moved up to Maccabi for two years and finally Fenerbahce for two more seasons. In his first Tel Aviv year he had 13.5 points per game in Euroleague competition. In his second season he averaged 12.2 points per game. With Maccabi he won on Israelian title, two national cups and the 2014 Euroleague when he was named in the All-Euroleague second team. With Fenerbahce, he won a National cup and two Turkey titles. In both seasons, his Fenerbahce team made it to the Euroleague final four although he couldn’t play the 2015 edition because of an injury. In his last season there he averaged 4.6 points per game in Euroleague, 12.7 in Turkish league.
NOTES – With 1544 points scored in 116 games, Hickman is the fourth All-time best scorer at UNC-Greensboro where he played for three years along CSKA Moscow star, Kyle Hines. He was included three times in All-Southern Conference teams. Hickman also played the 2013 European championship with Georgia. He’s been twice Euroleague’s MVP of the week. When Maccabi eliminated Olimpia in the 2014 Euroleague playoffs he averaged 16.5 points per game in the series while shooting 50.0% from three, 91.3% from the line. He also had 4.5 assists per game. In game 1 he had 36 of index rating. In the final game, won in Milano against Real Madrid, he scored 18 points with six boards, 7/8 from the line
Mantas Kalnietis was signed by Olimpia during the month of January, 2015, coming from Zalgiris Kaunas. He was instrumental in leading the team to the Italy Cup and the championship. After his first year in Milano, he had a terrific outing at the 2016 Olympics where he averaged 18.0 points,, 7.5 assist, converted 72.5% of his two-point shots, 42.3% of his three, 81.0% of his foul shots and had a 22.0 of index rating.
2016/17 SEASON - During the EuroLeague season he surpassed several mailestones including 1.000 points, 100 made threes, 300 rebounds, 100 steals and 400 assists.
HIS CAREER - Mantas Kalnietis was born on September 6, 1986, in Kaunas. He’s a 1.95 point guar . He began to play at the Arvydas Sabonis Basketball Academy in kaunas and eventually moved to the Zalgiris youth teams. he made his first-team debut in 2003 and stayed with Zalgiris up until 2012. During his stay, Zalgiris won four times the Baltic League, the Lithuanian league and the Lithuanian Cup. In 2012 he moved to Russia to play for Lokomotiv Kuban, where he stayed until 2015. In Kuban he won the Eurocup in 2013, averaging 13.4 points per game and 5.0 assists. In the 2015 summer he competed in the NBA summer league with the Indiana Pacers and then returned to Kaunas (7.2 points per game and 4.1 assists per game in the Euroleague). During the 2015 European Championship, he had 14 points and 11 assists in a 40-minute effort against Italy in the quarterfinals; 12 points and 9 assists in a win over Serbia in the semifinals and 13 points plus 6 assists during a loss to Spain in the gold-medal game.
NOTES – Kalnietis played the World Championship in 2006 when he was still 19 with the Lithuanian National team. Eventually he led the team during the 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015 European Championships. In 2013 he averaged 12.1 points and 5.0 assists per game while winning the silver medal. In 2015 he led Lithuania to a silver medal while scoring 10.6 points per game with 7.8 assists. He also won the bronze at the 2010 World Championship. He didn’t play in the 2014 World Championship because of a shoulder injury that plagued his last season in Kuban. He won the gold medal at the 2007 University Games, the silver medal at the Under 20 European Championship in 2005.READ ALL »
Miroslav Raduljica arrived in Milano during the summer of 2016 after one year spent in Panathinaikos Athens. During his 2016/17 season in Milano hw won both the Supercup and Italy Cup.
HIS CAREER - Raduljica is a center who grew up in the FMp Zeleznik youth system. He made his debut in the big league in 2005/06. The ensuing year he was loaned to Borac Cacak. The he returned to Zeleznik where he stayed until 2010 (in his last season he averaged 21.1 points per game with 8.6 rebounds, first in the Serbian league) when he signed a multiyear contract with Efes Pilsen Istanbul. He stayed in Istanbul until March 2011 when he was loaned to Partizan Belgrade and then at Azovmash Mariupol in Ukrain (11.2 points per game in Eurocup). In 2013he moved to the NBA, in Milwaukee. Then he went to China, in Shandong (18.3 points per game), had a bried return to the NBA in Minnesota and finally moved to Panathinaikos Athens. In Euroleague he averaged 12.4 points per game with 4.5 rebounds, while converting 56.8% of his shots and 81.2% of his free throws. In Greece he averaged 9.8 points per game while shooting 61.7% from the field.
NOTES – Raduljica is a member of the Serbian National team. He won the silver medal at the 2016 Olympics, at the 2014 World Cup and at the 2009 Europeans. With the youth National Teams he has the European Under 18 and Under 20 championships. In Rio he averaged 14.8 poinyts per game with the Serbian National team. At the 2014 World Cup he averaged 13.0 points per game and 4.6 rebounds. At the Europeans in 2015 he had 13.6 points per game and 5.0 rebounds-READ ALL »
Zoran Dragic was signed furing the summer of 2016 by Olimpia Milano. He immediately won the Supercup and the Italy Cup but his first season abruptly ended early because of a ACL right knee's injury.
HIS CAREER - Zoran Dragic grew up in Ilirija, before moving to Jance STZ Ljubljana in 2005. After one more season, he was acquired by Geoplin Slovan and stayed there until 2010.Then next move was to go to Krka Novo Mesto. In two years he won two Slovenian championships and the Eurochallenge in 2011. In 2012 he was signed by Unicaja Malaga and for one season he was coached by Jasmin Repesa. In his second season he was also named Euroleague Players of the Week once. That season he averaged 10.9 points per game, while converting 35.4% of his three-point shots (he averaged 10.3 points per game in Spain). After his second season in Malaga, he moved to the NBA, signed by the Phoenix Suns where he played alongside his brother Goran. They were traded mid-season together to the Miami Heat. He spent one year in the NBA playing 16 games. After an another trade, this time to the Boston Celtics, he was realeased and signed with Khimki Moscow. During the last Euroleague season he averaged 8.0 points per game, converting 33.8% of his three-point shots.
NOTES – He played for all the Slovenian Youth National teams. He also has taken part in three European championships and the 2014 World Cup. During the 2015 European Championships he averaged 15.5 points per game and had 3.5 rebounds. In the World Cup he had 12.9 points per game and 4.0 reboundsREAD ALL »
Davide Pascolo came to Olimpia during the summer of 2016 after a prolonged stint in Trento.
2016/17 SEASON - He both won the Supercup and the Italy Cup. He also finished 10th in his EuroLeague rookie campaign in 2-point shooting percentage converting 64.7% of his shots. During the season he tied his career bests in assists (5) and steals (4).
HIS CAREER - A power forward from Friuli region, Pascolo made his debut in the Italian Serie A during the 2008/09 season in Udine (only two games played) before returning to the big stage with Trento in 2014/15. In that season he averaged 12.0 ppg, shooting 58.2% from two and 79.5% from the line while adding 7.6 rebounds per game in 27.8 minutes. During the last season, he averaged 12.2 points per game in 26.4 minutes while converting 57.5% of his two-point shots and 80.0% of his free throws attempts. He also averaged 5.8 rebounds per game. During the last seasn he also made his Eurocup debut with 22 games played, 284 minutes per gam, 15.0 points per game and 6.1 rebounds. He also converted 62.3% of his two-point shts, 43.3% of his three-pointers and 79.6% of his free throws. He was included in the All-Eurocup first team. Previously he won two minor league championships in Trento.
NOTES – He grew up in Fagagna (where he was coached by his mom, Anna, a former voleyball player and minibasket instructor), then he moved to Udine and stayed there until 2011 when he went to Trento. There, he won a Legadue’s Italy Cup in 2013. He also played the Under 20 European Championship, made his debut with the National team in 2013 and was Trentino’s Cup MVP in 2015 with the Italian team. His father, Andrea, was a minor leagues player in Italy. His brother Marco, three years his junior, is playing ball a South Dakota in Division II.READ ALL »
Milan Macvan has been signed by Olimpia during the summer of 2015 coming from his second stint in Partizan Belgrade. He immediately won both the Italian League and the Italy Cup.
2016/17 SEASON - He won both the Supercup and the Italy Cup. He scored the winning buzzer-beating lay-up in the quarterfinals game against Brindisi at the Final Eight.
HIS CAREER - Born on November 16, 1989 in Vukovar, Milan Macvan grew up in FMP Zeleznik youth system. In 2007 he signed his first pro contract with Hemofram Vrsacand remained there until 2010 where he moved to Maccabi Tel Aviv reaching the Madrid's Final Four where his team lost the final against Panathinaikos. After one year he moved to Partizan Belgrade for the 2011/12 season (15.3 points per game, 8.0 rebounds per game in Euroleague competition) and then to Galatasaray Istanbul for two more seasons (he averaged 6.8 points per game and 4.5 rebounds in 2013/14 Euroleague). At the beginning of the 2014/15 season, he came back to Partizan where he played in the Eurocup averaging 18.0 points and 8.7 rebounds per game.
NOTES – In 2011 he won the Israelian title with Maccabi, in 2012 he won the Serbian championship with Partizan and in 2013 the Turkish title with Galatasaray... He was named "Eurocup Rising Star" in 2009 (11.3 points per game and 4.2 rebounds playing for Hemofarm)... He won the World Under 19 Championship in 2007, the European Under 20 Championship in 2008 and the World University Games in 2009... He won the silver medal at the European championship in 2009... He was part of the Serbian National Team that won the silver medal at the 2016 Olympics. He averaged 7.1 points per game... He run a personal website: macvanmilan.com... In 2011 he was drafted with number 54 by the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers... In 2009 he was the Hoop Summit's Mvp in Portland by scoring 23 points and grabbing 14 rebounds for the World Team.
Kaleb Tarczewski signed for Olimpia during the month of March, 2017, coming from the Oklahoma City Blue of the D-League. He's a 2.11 tall center.
HIS CAREER - Kaleb Tarczewski attended Stevens High School of Claremont for two years. He then transferred to St.Mark's High School, in Southborough, Massachusetts. During his senior season he was named Independent School League's MVP, averaging 20.7 points per game, 10.2 rebounds and 2.7 blocked shots. He had 14 points and 10 rebounds in the "Jordn Classic" game in Charlotte and was part of the USA team in the Hoop Summitt of Portland. Eventually, he played four seasons at Arizona, where he won 110 games, the most ever by an Arizona player. He started 131 games 135,and in his senior season had 9.4 points per game with 9.3 rebounds, 1.4 blocked shots, while converting 63.3% of his field goals and 71.2% of his foul shots. He was included in the All-Pac 12 second team and in the All-Pac 12 defensive team. He was undrafted in 2016 but played the Orlando summer league with the Washington Wizards and the Las Vegas summer league with the Detroit Pistons. During the month of September he was signed by the Oklahoma City Thunder, spending with them the entire preseason. fter being released, he joined the D-League's Oklahoma City Blue. He played 25.5 minutes per game, scoring 10.0 points. He converted 63.3% of his shots and 72.7% of his free throws. He averaged 7.3 rebounds per game.
NOTES - At Arizona, he played with many NBA players including TJ McConnell, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Aaron Gordon and Stanley Johnson. He was also a teammate of Gabe York who started the season in Cremona. His coach was Sean Miller but the assistant coach, specialized in big men instructions was Olimpia former center's Joseph Blair.
Andrea Cinciarini was acquired by Olimpia during the summer of 2015 from Reggio Emilia. In his first season, he contributed to the Italian League and Italian Cup titles. He has been appointed team's captain for the 2016/17 season while leading the team to the Supercup and Italy Cup trophies.
2016/17 SEASON - He made a huge three down the stretch of Olimpia's win over Reggio Emilia in the Final Eight semifinal game. He set his new EuroLeague highs in points (17, at Kaunas) and rebounds (8, at Panathinaikos).
HIS CAREER - Born on June, 21, in 1986, in Cattolica, Cinciarini is a 1.93 mt point-guard, whose father, Franco was a nice player in the 70s for Pesaro and Cremona. Andrea grew up in Pesaro’s youth system, made his debuted in 2003/04 and then played again in Pesaro in the third league, Senigallia and finally in Pistoia, in Legadue. In 2007/08 he played for Montegranaro in Serie A, then was loaned to Pavia in Legadue and returned to Montegranaro until 2011. In the summer of 2011 he was signed by Cantù and made his Euroleague debut. The following year he moved to Reggio Emilia and collected the best statistics of his life: 12.3 points per game in 2013, 12.4 in 2014 and 10.3 in 2014/15 season playing 48 games. He won the assists crown in the Italian league in 2014 and 2015.
NOTES – His brother Daniele Cinciarini is a Serie A player for Caserta… Andrea has participated in the last three European Championship editions including the last one... He played once in the Mediterranean Games… He wears with number 20 and he is married with Alessia. He's the father of Alessandro.
Rakim Sanders arrived in Milano during the month of November of 2015.
2016/17 SEASON - He was instrumental in leading Olimpia to another Italy Cup triumph by averaging during the three wins 14.3 points per game while dishing 4.7 assists and making 4.7 steals. He also set his new personal best in a single EuroLeague game scoring 27 points in Barcelona.
2015/16 SEASON - He made his debut, because of a right hand surgery, in late January and less than a month later was named MVP of the Italian Cup Final Eight that Olimpia won. The, he was named also the Italian League playoffs for the second straight season while winning his seconda championship in a row.
HIS CAREER – A Rhode Island native, he attended St.Andrew's High School and was named post-season state tournament's Mvp two years in a row. He was also Rhode Island's Player of the Year in 2007. Eventually he played three seasons at the Boston College: in 2007/08 he started 31 times and averaged 11.4 points per game while scoring 20 or more points five times; in 2008/09 he averged 12.9 points per game and in 2009/10 he had 11.3 points per game during the course of a season partially ruined by an ankle injuiry. During the summer of 2010 he left the Boston College to move to Fairfield following his mentor Ed Cooley (a former BC's assistant coach). He had to sit out a year according to the NCAA rules and when he was eligible again, the new Fairfield coach was Sidney Johnson. With the Stags he averaged 16.6 points per game while graabind 8.2 rebounds. At the end of the season he participated to the Portsouth Predraft Camp where he scored 19.3 points on average. His first professional season took place in Israel, at Galil Gilboa (12.6 points pe rgame, 38.2% from three). He moved to Bamberg next where he averaged 7.9points per game in Euroleague play, 12.5 in Eurocup play and 9.1 in the German League. During the summer of 2014 he signed for Sassari where he helped the team winning the Supercup, the Italy Cup and the Italian League. He averaged 12.3 points per game in Italy (36.1% from three) and 13.4 in Euroleague. He was playoff's MVP.
NOTES – His Fairfield coach, Sidney Johnson, has played for Olimpia Milano too... One of the All-Time greatest Fairfield players was Arthur Kenney whose jersey has been retired by Olimpia... Rakim was All-MAAC first team in 2012... His points total at Farfield was 615, the second highest in the school history after Tony George scored 630 in 1985/86... He's been the only Fairfield player to score at least 600 points and grab 300 rebounds in a single season.
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Awudu Abass signed for Olimpia in the summer of 2016 coming from Cantù.
2016/17 SEASON - During his EuroLeague season he set a personal best in points, 15 in Athens against Panathinaikos, and index rating (22) and minutes (38) in Kaunas leading the team to a road win. He also won the Supercup and the Italy Cup.
HIS CAREER - Awudu Abass, a small forward,made his debut in Serie A in Cantù, in 2010/11. During the last three seasons he gained minutes and opportunities. He averaged 3.3 points per game in 2013/14, 5.7 in 2014/15 and exploded during the last season when he closed at 13.1 points per game with 30.6 minutes of playing time to go along with 5.7 rebounds per game. He shot 35.0% from three.
NOTES – Abassbecame an Italian citizen when he turn 18, his father is of ghanese origin and his mother is from Nigeria. In 2013 he won the european gold medal at the Under 20 European championship and was also included on the All-Torunament first team.
Cerella arrived in Milano during the month of July in 2013 after beginning his career in Bahia Blanca, Argentina, and moving up from the minor leagues in Italy.
2015/16 SEASON - He added a chapter to his legendary charcater when he returned in the Italy Cup final 48 hours after a meniscus tear that required surgery. He won the Italy Cup and the Italian league championship.
2014/15 SEASON - He set his new playoff-high by scoring 14 points against Virtus Bologna in the quartefinals.
2013/14 SEASON - Cerella led the Euroleague during the Top 16 phase in three-point shooting with 70.0%... He scored 13 points, a season high, in the quarterfinals Game 5 vs Pistoia...
HIS CAREER - Cerella was born in Bahia Blanca, the same city where the great star Emanul Ginobili grew up, probably the only Argentinian city where basketball is dominant even over soccer. Cerella, born on July 30, 1986, arrived in Italy to play for Massafra, then Salerno and finally Potenza. From Potenza he took off to go up, to Teramo in 2008, where he played behind David Moss helping the team to reach the Italy Cup semifinal and the third place in the Italian league regular season. Cerella stayed two seasons in Teramo, then he was loaned to Casalpusterlengo in Legadue (12.6 points, 32.1 minutes played per game, shooting 39.7% from three, 85.9% from the line while grabbing 4.9 rebounds and having 2.4 steals on average). He returned to Teramo for the 2011/12 season. Coached by Alessandro Ramagli he averaged 9.0 points per game in 24.9 minutes, shhoting 63.8% from two and conquering 3.2 rebounds per game. He suffered a knee injury in the very last game of the season in Milano. During the summer he moved to Varese where he played only 21 games while recovering from the injury. He has a personal-best of 27 points in game, against Biella, on February 27, 2012 while playing for Teramo.
NOTES - Cerella created and supports "Slums Dunk", a solidarity project to support the youngsters living in the poor areas of Nairobi, using the Onlus "Karibu Afrika".
Krunoslav Simon landed in Milano during the summer of 2015, coming from a two-seasons stint in Lokomotiv Kuban.
2016/17 SEASON - He was named Supercup's MVP after scoring 25 points in the final game against Avellino.
2015/16 SEASON - He finished the Italian League regular season as the second best free-throw shooter and the fourt-best three-point shooter. At one point ha made 31 conseutive foul shots. He also was instrumental in the Italian league and Italy Cup wins.
HIS CAREER - Born on 24 June, 2985, in Zagreb, Croatia, 1.97, Krunoslav Simonlanded with KK Zagreb in 2002 and stayed there until 2012. In the Croatin League he had six consecutive seasons averaging in double digit, raising his scoring average to 16.8 during the 2010/11 season when Kk Zagreb won the title. He increased again the following season averaging 18.3 points per game while making 43.1% of his three-point attempt. During that season he made his Euroleague debut scoring 13.2 points per game while converting 25 free throws out of 26. In the summer of 2012 he moved to Unicaja Malaga in Spain, where he was coached by Jasmin Repesa. In the ACB he averaged 9.5 points per game and was a 87.7% free-throw shooter. In the Euroleague he averaged 10.0 points per game and made 38.0% of his three-point attempts and 88.5% of his free throws. In 2013 he went to Kuban where he remained for two seasons. He averaged 10.6 points per game in the Euroleague and 9.9 in the VTB League; in 2015 he averaged 11.4 points per game in the VTB and 12.8 in Eurocup competition (38.1% from three).
NOTES – Simon has played the European championships with Croatia in 2011 and 2013, and the World Cup in 2014. During the 2015 European championship he averaged 13.8 ppg, with 4.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists... He took part in the 2016 Olympics where he averaged 8.8 points per game with 5.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game... He won the silver medal at the Mediterranean Games of 2009 in Pescara.... In 2008, 2010 and 1011 he won the Croatian Cup with KK Zagreb... In 2014 he's been once named Euroleague's Mvp while scoring 23 points, a career-high, on Maccabi Tel Aviv. He happened again last season in Eurocup after the quarterfinals game 1. He's a member of the Croatian National team.READ ALL »