Gianluca Basile (born January 24, 1975) is an Italian former professional basketball player. At a height of 1.92m (6 ft 3¾ in) tall and a weight of 95 kg (210 lbs.), he mainly played at the shooting guard position. He is considered to be one of the best 1990s and 2000s era Italian basketball players. He won the silver medal at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games, and the gold medal at the EuroBasket 1999. He was also the captain of the senior men's Italian national team.
Basile with FC Barcelona, in 2009.
|Born||January 24, 1975|
Ruvo di Puglia, Italy
|Listed height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Listed weight||210 lb (95 kg)|
|NBA draft||1997 / Undrafted|
|Position||Point guard / Shooting guard|
|Career highlights and awards|
Basile excelled in the role of shooting guard, or point forward, and was a very effective three-point shooter. He invented and named the "tiro ignorante" ("ignorant shot"), a three-point shot taken under difficult conditions, and which would surprise his opponents.
Basile played four years with Italian club Pallacanestro Reggiana, and seven years with Fortitudo Bologna, with whom he won two Italian League championships, as the team's captain. In 2005, he moved to Spanish club FC Barcelona. In July 2011, he signed a two-year deal with Italian club Pallacanestro Cantù.
On July 6, 2012, Italian club Emporio Armani Milano, officially announced the signing of Basile, to a one-year contract. His contract with the team expired on June 30, 2013, and he became a free agent.
EuroLeague career statisticsEdit
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field-goal percentage||3P%||3-point field-goal percentage||FT%||Free-throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||PIR||Performance Index Rating|
Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.
|†||Denotes seasons in which Basile's team won the EuroLeague|
Italian national teamEdit
Basile was the leader of the senior men's Italian national basketball team that won the silver medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, which was the best result for Italy since they took the silver medal at the 1980 Summer Olympics. He also helped Italy beat Team USA, by a score of 95-78, by scoring 25 points in a pre-Olympic friendly game against the US in 2004. His medals with the Italian national team also include a gold medal at the EuroBasket 1999, a bronze medal at the EuroBasket 2003, and a silver medal at the 1997 Mediterranean Games.
Honors and awardsEdit
- 2x Spanish League Champion: (2008–09, 2010–11)
- 3x Spanish Cup Winner: (2007, 2010, 2011)
- 2x Spanish Super Cup Winner: (2009, 2010)
- EuroLeague Champion: (2009–10)
Italian national teamEdit
- 1997 Mediterranean Games: Silver
- EuroBasket 1999: Gold
- EuroBasket 2003: Bronze
- 2004 Summer Olympic Games: Silver
- Euroleague player profile 1.92 m in height.
- NGC Cantu tabs Basile.
- Olimpia Milano officially announced Gianluca Basile.
- "Capo d'Orlando interested in Gianluca Basile". Sportando. Retrieved 27 July 2013.
- Gianluca Basile announces his retirement.
- Sports.ESPN.com - Italians' 3-point shooting nets 45 points.