EA7 Milan extends captain Gentile through 2017

Jul 19, 2014 by Euroleague.net Print
EA7 Milan extends captain Gentile through 2017
Alessandro Gentile - EA7 Emporio Armani - EB13_55361

One of the biggest talents and youngest captains in elite world basketball is staying put for at least two more years after EA7 Emporio Armani Milan on Saturday announced a contract extension for swingman Alessandro Gentile through the end of the 2016-17 season. Gentile (1.96 meters, 22 years old) captain EA7 Milan to its first Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs appearance this season, but could not play in that series, which was lost to eventual champion Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv, due to injury. Thus, EA7 Milan fell short of reaching the Final Four in its own city, but Gentile returned to lead the club to its first Italian League title in 18 years as MVP of the playoff finals in June. Prior to the injury, Gentile had exploded into a double-digit scorer and team leader, averaging 11.4 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 25 minutes per Euroleague game. In his last one before getting hurt, Gentile posted career highs of 24 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and a 28 performance index rating as EA7 Milan ended Barcelona's 26-game Top 16 win streak over two seasons with a 28-point home victory. Gentile made his Euroleague debut as a teenager after joining EA7 Milan in December 2011 from Benetton Treviso, with whom he had played three seasons, reaching the Eurocup semifinals in 2011. He currently has career averages of 8.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 36 Euroleague games to date.