Pallacanestro Olimpia EA7- Emporio Armani Milano agreed on terms with Angelo Gigli, a power forward-center, 2.09 mt tall, 30 years old, coming from Virtus Bologna, where he played 29 games during the last season averaging 10.2 points per game, 6.8 rebounds and shot 61.2% from the field.
COACH BANCHI’S OPINION – “Angelo Gigli is one of the best player produced by the Italian youth system, a player capable to play two positions and so he’ll be able to complete out front-line using his two-way game. What I like the most is his desire to play for Milano because this team is giving him the best chance to compete at the top”.
GIGLI’S COMMENT – “First of all I want to thank the people that gave me this great opportunity, starting with our president Livio Proli and the coach Luca Banchi. I know about coming to play for a great and historical team: playing for Olimpia gives me more motivation. I told the Coach that I want to compete at the top, I’m coming from a season with nothing to be proud of, a season I want to erase as soon as possible not with individual accomplishment but with team wins”.
WHO’S GIGLI? – Angelo Gigli is a Roman born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, where his family moved for working reasons. He grew up in Fortitudo Roma and was transferred to Reggio Emilia in 2001. With Reggiana, he won the A2 championship and in 2005 he helped his team to reach the Italy’s Cup final game against Treviso although because of an injury he couldn’t play the game. He scored 29 points against Reggio Calabria setting his career-high. In the summer of 2006 he was signed by Treviso where he stayed until 2008 winning a Supercup and an Italy Cup (2007). In 2008 he returned to Roma and stayed there three seasons. In 2011 he moved to Bologna for two more years. With the Italian National team he has played the 2005 and 2007 European championships and the 2006 World Championship. He’s one of the players picked to play the 2013 Eurochampionship too. With the “Azzurri” he has made 103 appearnces with 532 points scored.
NOTES – In 2004/05 Gigli playing for Reggio Emilia averaged 10.9 points per game, his career-best, he averaged 10.2 the following season and was back to average in double digit in Bologna during the 2012/13 season… In 2011/12 he set his career-best in rebounding with 7.4… In his last Bologna’s season, Gigli converted 81.2% of his free throws, a career-best.. For his career he’s 62.5% from two… He played four Euroleague seasons with a career-high of 16 points scored against Zalgiris Kaunas when he was playing for Treviso. His personal-best is of 10 rebounds, set against Malaga when he played for Roma… He also played twice the Eurocup, in Reggio Emilia and Treviso…
ANGELO GIGLI IS THE THIRD AZZURRO
With Angelo Gigli, Olimpia’s got three players in the Italian National team: Gigli, Alessandro Gentile and Nicolò Melli. Among all the players called to play he’s the second for number of games played (103) behind Stefano Mancinelli (134) and sixth for points scored behind Marco Belinelli, Andrea Bargnani, Stefano Mancinelli, Luigi Datome and Pietro Aradori.