Brandon Davies, born in Philadelphia, on July 25, 1991, 2.08 mt tall, came to Milano during the summer of 2022, coming from FC Barcelona where he spent the previous three seasons.
HIS CAREER - Brandon Davies is born in Philadelphia, but was raised in Provo, Utah, where he attended the Provo High School, leading them to the state championship, before moving on to attend Brigham Young University. At BYU he’s appeared in 135 games, averaging 12.4 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. As a senior, he averaged 17.7 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. He’s been named to the All-West Coast Conference first team both in 2011 and 2013. He was named Portsmouth predraft camp MVP and has played 78 NBA games among the Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia and Brooklyn. During his European career, he has played in Chalon, France (9.1 points and 4.5 rebounds per game), in Varese (13.3 and 6.5), Monaco (10.3 and 5.1). He arrived to the EuroLeague during the 2017/18 season when he averaged 9.3 points and 4.5 rebounds per game, numbers that he improved in his second season (14.2 and 5.5) when he was named to the All-EuroLeague first team and helped his team clinch a Final Four berth. From Kaunas, he moved to Barcelona (9.6 points and 3.9 rebounds per game in his first season, 12.0 and 4.5 in the second season when he was named to the All-EuroLeague second team). In Barcelona, he’s won twice the King’s Cup and once the Spanish league, while reaching twice the EuroLeague Final Four.
NOTES - During his NBA career, he has scored 286 points and has grabbed 192 rebounds. In Chalon, he has won the French Leaders Cup, in Lithuania he has won two National league championships and two National Cups. He has been named three times EuroLeague player of the Round. He has also played for the Ugandan National Team.U
Naz Mitrou-Long, born in Missisauga, Ontario, Canada, on August 2, 1993, 1.90 mt tall, came to Milano from Brescia, during the summer of 2022.
HIS CAREER - Naz Mitrou-Long started to play the game at the St. Martin High School in Mississauga. He was one of the best Canadian prospects and moved to the U.S. in 2010 to attend the Findlay Prep High School in Las Vegas leading the team to a 28-4 record. During the following season, he played for Montrose Christian Academy in Rockville, Maryland. In 2012 he moved to Iowa State where he played 131 games, 83 of them as a starter. During the2015/16 season, he appeared in only eight games because of an injury and obtained one more season on college eligibility. In 2016/17, he averaged 15.1 points per game, with 4.6 rebounds. For three years he was a member of the Utah Jazz organization, then moved to the Indiana Pacers. Overall, he played 20 NBA games. He moved to Italy in 2021 and signed for Brescia. Over 29 Italian league games, he averaged 16.5 points, 4.7 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game, shooting 36.4 percent from three-point range. During the playoffs, he was the best scorer (24.4 points per game) and led the league in assists (7.2).
NOTES - Mitrou-Long’s mom is a Greek from Sparta, who moved to Canada at an early age, his dad Jersey Long is from and was a professional kickboxer. He has three brothers, including Elijah Mitrou-Long, a University of Texas former player and eventually a pro in Europe.
Stefano Tonut, born in Cantù, on November 7, 1993, 1.94 mt tall, came to Milano during the summer of 2022 after seven seasons spent with Reyer Venezia.
HIS CAREER - Stefano Tonut is born in Cantù, but he was raised in Trieste and started his basketball journey by playing for the Azzurra local team. Eventually, he spent one year in Monfalcone and then moved to Pallacanestro Trieste where he remained until 2015 (he averaged 19.2 points per game in his last second division season) when he was signed by Venezia. He stayed there for the following seven season, helping his team win two Italian league championships, in 2017 and 2019, the 2020 Italian Cup, the 2017 Fiba Europe Cup. In 2021 he was named Italian league MVP (he averaged 16.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game, shooting 39.8 percent from three-point range). During his last season in Venezia, he averaged 14.0 points per game on top of 3.1 rebounds. He had a 51-game experience in the Eurocup with career averages of 7.9 points per game. Over the previous season, he has scored 169 points, 10.1 per game.
NOTES - His father Alberto Tonut won the European championship in 1983 with the Italian National team and played several seasons in the Italian league, with Trieste, Livorno and Cantù. In 2013, Stefano was a member of the Italian gold medal Under 20 winning team at the European championship, in Estonia. He scored 10 points in the championship game. In 2021, he has played in the Tokyo Olympics with the Italian National Team. Overall, he has played 29 games with the National team with 190 points scored, including the 15 that he had in the Preolympic Tournament final in Belgrade, against Serbia. He also scored 18 points over Germany at the Olympics.
Jerian Grant, born in Silver Spring, Maryland, on October 9, 1992, 1.96 mt tall, guard, came to Milano during the 2021 summer coming from Promitheas Patras of the Greek League.
2021/22 SEASON - Member of the Italian Cup winning team.
HIS CAREER – Jerian Grant attended DeMatha High School in Maryland and then Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana, where he played 120 games averaging 14.5 points and 5.8 assists per game (16.5 points and 6.7 assists during his last season). In 2015, he was chosen in the first round of the NBA draft by the Washington Wizards (number 19) and immediately traded to the New York Knicks. In the NBA, he played for five seasons, one in New York, two in Chicago then Orlando and Washington, with 279 appearances including 61 starts, 1.692 points scored and 805 assists. 2017/18 was his best season, while with the Bulls. He averaged 8.4 points and 4.6 assists per game. He also appeared in 41 G-League games averaging 16.9 points and 5.7 assists per game. During the last season, he has played 27 games at Promitheas in Greece averaging 14.8 points, 6.9 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game. His team finished third in the regular season and reached the semifinals in the playoffs.
NOTES – Jerian Grant is the son of Harvey Grant, who spent 11 seasons in the NBA including seven in Washington; his uncle is Horace Grant who played 17 seasons in the NBA including seven in Chicago with three championships. He won a fourth championship with the Lakers in 2001
Nicolò Melli came back to Olimpia Milan during the summer of 2021, from te NBA's Dalla Mavericks. Born in Reggio Emilia, on January 26, 1991, 2.05 mt tall, power forward, he was a member of Olimpia from the 2010/11 season to the 2014/15.
2021/22 SEASON - In Napoli, he grabbed his 700th rebound for Olimpia in the Italian League. In Varese, he surpassed the 1.000 points scored in the Italian league. During the home win over Brescia, he set his career-high with 14 rebounds. He made his 200th Italian league apperance with Olimpia during the home win vs Virtus Bologna. In Trento, he set his new career-high for points scored in a game with 27. Ha was named to the All-Serie A first team. Member of the Italian Cup winning team. He averaged 6.7 points and 6.3 rebounds per game, had a 14-point, 9-rebound effort in the championship game against Derthona. He helped the team win the Italian league championship, averaging 9.7 points and 5.3 rebounds pe rgame during the playoffs, he also a 22-point effort in Game 3 of the championbships series. Vs CSKA Moscow, he exceeded 400 points scored for Olimpia in the EuroLeague and earned a career-high 11 free throws. He grabbed his 1.000th career rebound vs Villeurbanne and had a career-high of six steals during the win over Fenerbahce in Istanbul. He became the third Olimpia player to appear in 100 EuroLeague games during the home win over Alba.
HIS CAREER - Nicolò Melli began playing basketball in his native Reggio Emilia, debuting in Serie A with the same team and remaining there until the 2009/10 season. In the summer of 2010, he moved to Olimpia Milan: the first season was partly spent in Pesaro on loan. He returned to Milan in 2011 and remained there until 2015. He won the 2014 championship with Olimpia. During the summer of 2015, he moved to Bamberg and after two years went to Fenerbahce. He won the German title twice and once the Turkish championship, he won the national cup with both Bamberg and Fenerbahce. He played the EuroLeague Final Four in 2018 and 2019: in the first one, he reached the final game, and he scored a team-high 28 points against Real Madrid in Belgrade. During the summer of 2019, he joined the NBA's New Orleans Pelicans and was traded eventually to the Dallas Mavericks during the 2020/21 season. In two years, he has played 105 NBA games with 529 points scored
NOTES - Melli won the Under 20 silver medal at the 2011 European Championships and played four editions of the European Championships. His mom Julie was a silver medalist with the US volleyball national team at the 1984 Olympics. He was on the Italian National team at the Tokyo 2021 Olympics, and averaged 7.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. He was named Best Italian Player of 2022 Italian Cup.
Kaleb Tarczewski signed for Olimpia during the month of March, 2017, coming from the Oklahoma City Blue of the D-League. He's a 2.13 mt. center.
2021/22 SEASON - He became the all-time leader for Olimpia in the EuroLeague for two-pointers made during the home win over Red Star. He has been the first to make more than 300 two-pointers for Olimpia. He has cleared the 800-point barrier. He has surpassed the 1.000 points scored for Olimpia in the Italian league and 600 rebounds in the EuroLeague. Member of the Italian Cup winning team.
2020/21 SEASON - He helped the team win the Supercup and averaged 7.5 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, he also shot 77.3 percent from the field. He was a member of 2021 Italian Cup winning team. He appeared in his 100th EuroLeague game, against Valencia, the first Olimpia player to reach that plateau. Against Bayern Munich, he cleared 500 rebounds for his Olimpia's EuroLeague career. He helped the team clinch a EuroLeague Final Four berth.
2019/20 SEASON - He has surpassed 300 rebounds for his EuroLeague career in Athens, against Panathinaikos, the he got over the 400 rebounds in Istanbul against Fenerbahce. He became Olimpia's All-Time EuroLeague's leading rebounder. He set a new personal best, scoring 19 points in Istanbul (Fenerbahce). In the same game he set his new high in index rating with 27. Against Valencia, he had his first double double of his EuroLeague career. He tied his career-best of 10 rebounds several times and in Istanbul he tied his career-best of 4 blocks in one game. He has scored over 500 points in his EuroLeague career. He has scored more than 700 points in the Italian League.
2018/19 SEASON - Winner of the Italian Supercup. He set his new career-high in the Italian league when he scored 23 points against Brescia. In the same game he set his new highs in field goal made (10) and attempted (12). Against Torino, he set his personale best for most shots made in one game with no misses with eight. In Varese, he set his new career-high for offensive rebounds grabbed in one game with 5 and tied his best in total rebounds with 12. This last record was eventually beaten when he grabbed 15 rebounds against Avellino. In Moscow, in a win over Khimki, he set his new personal EuroLeague best in index rating with 25. He also had 10 rebounds against Olympiacos, a career-high. He finished the season third in two-point shooting (72.4%) and had his offensive rebounds number 100 for his career. In the Italian league he finished as the best for average plus/minus and his 84.1 % in two-point shooting is the best figure ever in the club history and the Italian league history. He's first ever in Olimpia for dunks made in the Italian league and in the Italian league playoffs.
2017/18 SEASON - He started 29 games during the EuroLeague season. In the process he finished ninth overall in rebounding (5.7), seventh in offensive rebounding (2.4) and was also ninth in shots blocked (0.8). He was seventh also in field goal percentage (64.4%). He was the best rebounder per minute in the Italian league, both during the regular season and the playoffs. He's won the Italian championship.
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. He signed for Olimpia for the final portion of the 2016/17 season and he averaged 6.7 points and 5.1 rebounds per game.
NOTES - At Arizona, he played with many NBA players including TJ McConnell, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Aaron Gordon and Stanley Johnson. His coach was Sean Miller but the assistant coach, specialized in big men instructions was Olimpia former center's Joseph Blair.
Billy Baron, born in Altoona, Pennsylvania, on December 11, 1990, 1.88 mt tall, came to Milano during the 2022 summer coming from Zenit St. Petersburg.
HIS CAREER - Billy Baron is the son of Jim Baron, a coach with a 30-year career at collegiate level. Billy has played at Bishop Hendricken High School, Rhode Island, and eventually for the Worcester Academy, Massachusetts. In 2010, he attended Virginia University but after one season he decided to move and play for his dad at Rhode Island. Following one year at URI, he transferred with his dad at Canisius, Buffalo, where he stayed two years and was named to the All-Metro Atlantic Conference first team. In 2014 he was also Player of the Year in the same conference, after averaging 24.1 points, 5.3 assists (first overall) and 4.9 rebounds per game. He shot 42.1 percent from three and 88.3 percent from the line. In 2014, he started his pro career at Vilnius (6.1 points per game, 47.5 percent shooting from three in the Eurocup), then signed for Charleroi where he played along his brother Jimmy (he averaged 20.7 points per game, with 45.9 percent three-point shooting in Eurocup), and finally for Murcia in Spain (13.0 points per game in the Eurocup) and Eskisehir in Turkey. In 2018, he went to Red Star Belgrade, and helped the team win the Adriatic Supercup and in 2019 the Adriatic League championship while being named MVP of the playoffs. During the 2018/19 Eurocup, he averaged 12.9 points per game and shot 49.4 percent from three. In Belgrade, he made his EuroLeague debut for the 2019/20 and averaged 11.6 points per game, shooting 40.3 percent from three. He moved to St. Petersburg in 2020: he averaged 9.6 points per game (44.8 percent three-point shooting) over his first season; 11.2 points per game and 35.7 percent three-point shooting during the second. During the 2021/22 season, he finished the VTB season averaging 14.6 points per game, while hitting 46.5 percent of his three-point shots and helping Zenit to win its first league championship.
NOTES - He was part of the 2017 America’s Cup USA winning team in Cordoba, where it defeated Argentina in the championship game.
Giampaolo Ricci, born in Rome on 27 September 1991, 2.02 mt tall, power forward, came from Virtus Bologna during the summer of 2021.
2021/22 SEASON - Member of the Italian Cup winning team, averaging 5.7 points per game. He helped the team win the Italian championship, averaging 3.5 points and 3.1 rebounds per game during the playoffs.
HIS CAREER - Giampaolo Ricci grew up in Chieti where he started playing basketball in the Magic Chieti club before moving to Pallacanestro Chieti and finally to Stella Azzurra Roma in 2007, remaining there until 2011. From 2011 to 2015, he played in A2 in Casalpusterlengo, then he spent one year in Verona and another one in Tortona where he averaged 10.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, earning the call from Cremona where he remained two more years, and helped the team win Italian Cup in 2019 (he averaged 9.4 points and 4.3 rebounds per game). During the summer of 2019, he moved to Virtus Bologna where he remained for another two years, winning the Italian title in 2021. During the 2019/20 season, he averaged 9.2 points and 4.9 rebounds per game; in 2020/21, he averaged 6.5 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. During the last season’s Eurocup, he started in 20 out of 21 games, averaging 6.4 points and 3.8 rebounds.
NOTES - Ricci made his National Team debut on November 29, 2018, in Brescia, in an Italy win over Lithuania. He was on the Italian National Team at the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo, where he averaged 4.3 points and 2.7 rebounds per game. Between 2021 and 2022 he helped his teams win 17 consecutive playoffs' games.
Paul Biligha, a 2.00 mt center, from Perugia, where he was born on May, 31, 1990, came to Milan during the month of July, 2019, from Venice.
2021/22 SEASON - Member of the Italian Cup winning team. He helped the team win the Italian league championship. He averaged 3.6 points per game during the playoffs.
2020/21 SEASON - He helped Olimpia win the Supercup. He was a member of 2021 Italian Cup winning team. He helped the team clinch the EuroLeague Final Four.
2019/20 SEASON - He had a four-block game in Tel Aviv that was the second highest single-game total for an Olimpia player. Only Gani Lawal had more with five in 2014 in Athens, vs Olympiacos.
HIS CAREER - Paul Biligha started to play in Cameroon, where he lived from age eight to 16, and eventually in Florence, when his family returned in Italy. Then he was acquired by the UCC Casalpusterlengo and later he also played in Verolanuova, Crema, Pavia. In 2012, he moved to Avellino where he played two seasons in Serie A before moving to Ferentino in A2. From 2015 to 2017 he was in Cremona for two seasons (in the second he averaged 11.0 points and 5.2 rebounds per game) and then another two in Venice, winning the Fiba Europe Cup in 2018 and the Italian championship in 2019. He also played a European Under 20 Championship with the Italian national team in 2010 and a European Championship in 2017, in Israel and Turkey
NOTES – Biligha’s parents are form Cameroon. During the 2017 European Championships he was coached by Ettore Messina. He made his National Team debut on July, 30, 2017 in Trento against Netherlands.
Devon Hall signed for Olimpia during the summer of 2021, coming from Brose Bamberg, in Germany. He is a 1.96 mt tall guard.
2021/22 SEASON - Member of the Italian Cup winning team, averaging 10.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game, going 11-for-12 from the line. He helped the team win the Italian league championship. During the playoffs, he averaged 8.3 points and 2.9 assists per game.
HIS CAREER - Devon Hall grew up in Virginia Beach, attended Cape Henry Collegiate High School and later spent four years at Virginia University where he improved dramatically in his senior year when he averaged 11.9 points and 4.3 rebounds per game, and shot 44.3 percent from three-point range for a team ranked at number 1 nationally. On January 14, 2018, he scored a career-high 25 points against North Carolina State. In 2018, he was named to the All-ACC second team. After averaging 17.3 points per game, at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, he was selected with the number 53 of the NBA draft by the Oklahoma City Thunder. His rookie season was spent in Australia with the Cairns Taipans. During the 2019/20 season he played at Oklahoma City with a two-way contract that included two stints with the Oklahoma City Blue. In 2020/21 he played in Bamberg. He finished his BCL campaign averaging 12.4 points per game, in the Germany league he averaged 14.1 points per game and went 39.9 percent from three-point range. He also averaged 3.9 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game.
Tommaso Baldasso moved to Olimpia during the month of November, 2021, coming from Fortitudo Bologna. He is a point-guard of 1.92 mt, born in Turin, on January, 29, 1998.
2021/22 SEASON - Member of the Italian Cup winning team, he helped the team win the Italian league championships, averaging 4.3 points per game during the playoffs.
HIS CAREER – Tommaso Baldasso started playing in the youth academy of Auxilium Torino and PMS Moncalieri. In 2016, he moved to Virtus Roma where in 2019 he contributed to the promotion of the team to the top Italian League. During the 2019/20 season, he played in Rome in Serie A (7.1 points and 3.0 rebounds per game) and was there at the beginning of the following season. Then, he moved to Fortitudo Bologna and finished the season averaging 8.0 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. During the current season, he was scoring 5.8 points per game while shooting 38.5 percent from three.
NOTES – Baldasso made his debut with the Italian National Team on November 30, 2020 in Tallinn, in a win over Russia.
Shavon Shields, born in Overland Park, Kansas, on June 5, 1994, 2.01 mt. tall, small forward and guard, came to Milan in the month of July, 2020, from Kirolbet Baskonia.
2021/22 SEASON - He clared the 800 points scored for Olimpia in the EuroLeague. Member of the Italian Cup winning team. He was named to the All-EuroLeague second team for the seconda straight season. He helped the team win the Italian league championship. During the playoffs, he averaged 14.3 points and 3.8 rebounds per game, shooting with 42.4 percent from three. He was named the champioship series' MVP.
2020/21 SEASON - He helped Olimpia win the Supercup by averaging 10.3 points per game, he then hemped the team win the Italian Cup and averaged 9.0 points per game. In Munich, EuroLeague, made the winning three-pointer with nine seconds left in the overtime. He set his new career-high of 34 points when Olimpia defeated Bayern in Game 5 of the EuroLeague playoffs. He also had 41 of index rating, another personal best, like the 11 free throws made in that game. He was named the EuroLeague MVP of the week. In the Italian league, ha set his personal best of points (35), three-pointers (seven) and rating (37) in a win over Virtus Bologna. Ha was named to the All-EuroLeague second team, helped the team clinch a Final Four berth while averaging 16.4 points per game during the playoffs.
HIS CAREER – Raised in Olathe, Kansas, where he attended the Northwest High School, Shields has been the Sunflower conference MVP as a senior at the end of a career in which he finished as the first in school history for points, rebounds and steals. In 2012, he landed at the University of Nebraska, where he stayed four years and finished as the all-time fifth scorer. In 2015/16, he averaged 16.8 points per game and was selected in the All-Big Ten Conference second team. In 2016/17, he played for the Frankfurt Skyliners, before moving to Trento for the playoffs. He played two seasons in Trento, playing the Italian league finals twice. In 2017/18, he averaged 14.3 points per game in Italy. In 2018 he signed for Vitoria, where he made his EuroLeague debut. He averaged 9.6 points per game in 59 appearances. He won the 2020 Spanish championship.
NOTES – Shields ia a Danish National Team member, because of his mother origin. His father, Will Shields, has been a 12-time Pro Bowl NFL selection and is a Hall of Famer after a 14-year pro career with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Davide Alviti is a 2.00 mt tall small forward, born in Alatri in 1996, who came to Olimpia Milan during the summer of 2021 coming from Trieste.
2021/22 SEASON - Member of the Italian Cup and Italian league championship winning team.
HIS CAREER - Davide Alviti began playing the game in Alatri, in the province of Frosinone, then he was acquired in 2011 by Eurobasket Roma, which he remained tied to until 2015. In the meantime, he also made his Serie A debut with Virtus Roma during the 2013/14 season. In 2015 he moved to Mantova and for four years he played at the A2 level: after Mantova, he moved to Tortona, Imola and Treviso with which he won the championship and the Italian Cup for the category at the end of the 2018/19 season. In 2019/20, he returned to Serie A in Treviso and in 2020 the move to Trieste. This past season, he averaged 10.5 points per game, while shooting 44.2 percent from three, and 4.6 rebounds per game.
NOTES - Alviti made his National Team debut in the national team on November 30, 2020, in Tallinn, in an Italy win over Russia.
Kyle Hines, 1.98, from Sicklerville, where he was born on September 2, 1986, came to Olimpia in the summer of 2020 from CSKA Moscow.
2021/22 SEASON - He became the fifth player ever to grab over 1.500 rebounds during his EuroLeague career during the home win over Red Star. During the road game in Kaunas, he became the All-time EuroLeague leading offensive rebounder. During the home win over Bayern, he became the 11th player to score at least 3.000 points in the EuroLeague. He also became the all-time leader for two-point field goals made. Member of the Italian Cup winning team, averaging 7.0 points and tournament-leading 8.3 rebounds per game. He shot 75.0 percent from the field, too. He helped the team win the Italian league championship and averaged 7.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game during the playoffs. He has been named defensive player of the year in the EuroLeague for the third time.
2020/21 SEASON - He helped the team win the Supercup, averaging 9.9 points per game and 4.0 rebounds. He also converted 60.5 percent of his two-pointers. He won the Italian Cup and averaged 10.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game during the Final Eight. He helped the team clinch a Final Four berth. During the game in Barcelona, he scored his 2-pointer number 1.000 in his EuroLeague career. In Berlin, he played his EuroLeague game number 300, the first American player to reach that plateau and the seventh overall. In Kaunas, he became the second-best all-time shot-blocker. He was named Defensive Player of the Year in the Italian league.
HIS CAREER – Kyle Hines played one year at the Camden Catholic High School in New Jersey and then for the next three years at the Timber Creek Regional High School. In his senior year, he was named in the second All-State team and became the school’s all-time leading scorer. In 2004 he landed at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, where in 2005 he was named Southern Conference’s freshman of the year and as a junior he was voted Southern Conference Player of the Year (he averaged 20.9 points, 9.0 rebounds per game). As a senior he averaged 19.2 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. During his last three college years, he was always named on the All-Southern 1st team. His professional career began in Italy in Veroli where he won the Legadue Italian Cup for two consecutive seasons (16.9 points and 8.6 rebounds on average during the first year, 18.5 points and 8.1 rebounds during the second). In 2010, he moved to Bamberg where he won the Super Cup, the German Cup, the league championship and was the playoff MVP (he averaged 12.9 points and 5.4 rebounds in his EuroLeague rookie season). In 2011 he arrived at Olympiacos Piraeus where in two years he won the EuroLeague title twice and the Greek championship in 2012. During the first EuroLeague run he averaged 9.9 points and 4.5 rebounds per game, during the second he had 9.4 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. In 2013 he signed for CSKA Moscow where he won the EuroLeague two more times, in 2016 and 2019, in addition to winning six VTB League championships. In 2016 (when he scored 10.9 points per game) and in 2018 he was named Defender of the year in the EuroLeague. During the 2019/20 season, he had 8.8 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.
NOTES – During his college career, he had a streak of 37 consecutive games with at least one blocked shot. Among his teammates he had Ricky Hickman (he played for Olimpia in the 2016/17 season). He is one of six NCAA players in history to have had at least 2.000 points, 1.000 rebounds and 300 blocked shots for their careers. He was named on the All-EuroLeague team of the last decade. He is the first American in the list of appearances in the EuroLeague, has a nine-year streak of Final Four appearances, from 2012 to 2021. He is the EuroLeague all-time best offensive rebounder and first for two-pointers made, he is also third overall in rebounds, second for blocked shots.
Ben Bentil was signed during the month of December, 2021. He was born in Sekondi, Ghana, on March 29, 1995, 2.04 mt. tall, power forward-center, coming from Istanbul's Bahçeşehir Koleji.
HIS CAREER - Ben Bentil began playing his basketball career in his native Ghana and moved to the United States through the Hoops Care Association when he was 15 years old to attend the Haverford School in Pennsylvania and later St. Andrew's School in Delaware. In 2014, he moved to Providence College. In his second college season, he averaged 21.1 points per game and led the Big East conference in points per game, field goals and free throws made, and averaged 7.7 rebounds per game. He was named Most Improved Player and to the 1st All-Big East Team. He had a career-high of 42 points, against Marquette. In 2016, he declared for the NBA draft and was selected by the Boston Celtics at number 51. He eventually had stints in Indiana and Dallas in the NBA, in Fort Wayne in the G-League, Xinjiang in China, Chalon in France, Bilbao in Spain. Before the 2018/19 he moved to Peristeri Athens where he averaged 12.5 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. In the summer of 2019, he moved to Panathinaikos where in two years he played 54 EuroLeague games with 258 points scored and 128 rebounds captured. In 2021, he helped the team win both the Greek Cup and the Greek championship with Panathinaikos (he scored 28 points in Game 3 of the championship series against Lavrio). In 2021/22, he was playing for Bahçeşehir Koleji in Turkey averaging 12.0 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.
NOTES - Bentil in 2017, when he was playing for the Dallas Mavericks, the first native Ghanaian player to appear in an NBA game.
Luigi Datome came to Milan in the summer of 2020 coming from Fenerbhace Istanbul. He's a 2.03 mt tall forward, born in Montebelluna.
2021/22 SEASON - He appeared in his 250th EuroLeague game in Istanbul vs Fenerbahce. During the home game vs Olympiacos, he surpassed Gianluca Basile and became the Italian all-time leading scorer for the competition. Member of the Italian Cup winning team, averaging 7.7 points and 3.3 rebounds per game, converting 38.5 percent of his three-point attempts. He helped the team winning the Italian title, averaging 10.2 points per game during the playoffs, while shooting 38.9 percent from three and 95.5 percent from the line.
2020/21 SEASON - He helped the team win the Supercup, by scoring 17 points in the championship game over Virtus Bologna. He led the team the Italian Cup championship, securing the MVP award in the process. He helped the team return to the EuroLeague Final Four. Against Olympiacos, he reached 300 three-pointers made for his EuroLeague career. During the home game vs Fenerbahce, he surpassed 2.000 points scored for his career.
HIS CAREER – Born in Montebelluna, but raised in Olbia, where he played on the team owned by his father Sergio, Santa Croce, Luigi Datome won a youth Italian championship with that same team and in 2003 moved to Siena, where he remained until 2006 while debuting in the Italian league and the EuroLeague. He eventually played for Scafati from 2006 to 2008 and in Rome from 2008 to 2013. In the 2012/13 season he averaged 16.9 points per game, grabbed 5.8 rebounds per outing and was named the league’s MVP. In the summer of 2013, he joined the NBA, signing for the Detroit Pistons. After 36 games in two years, he was traded to the Boston Celtics. In Boston, he played 18 regular season games and three playoff games. In the summer of 2015, he returned to Europe to play for Fenerbahce. In Istanbul he played four Final Fours in four years, was named in the second All-EuroLeague team in 2016 and won the European title in 2017 (he had 11 points and six rebounds in the championship game won against Olympiacos). He has also won the Turkish title three times, the Turkish Cup three times. He was the playoffs’ MVP in Turkey in 2016. He's been named MVP of the Turkish Cup in 2019 and 2020, MVP of the Presidential Cup in 2017. He played with the Italian national team in the 2007, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017 European Championships, and in the 2019 World Cup.
NOTES – He won the bronze medal at the Under 18 European Championships in 2005 and again at the Under 20 championships with the Italian national team. He won the Italian championship in 2004 with Siena. He also won the 2016 President Cup with Fenerbahce. Datome played 175 official games with the Italian national team, and scored 1.579 points.