NAME: Gianluca Basile
Position: Small forward
Place of birth: Ruvo Di Puglia (Italy)
Height: 190 cm.
Weight: 90 kg
Gianluca Basile joined Barša in July 2005 after making a name for himself over seven seasons on the roster of Fortitudo Bologna.
For the Italian National Team his most memorable game was at the Athens Olympics in 2004 against
Lithuania, when he scored 31 points (7 out of 11 three-pointers) got his team through to the final
Gianluca Basile started his career in the youth teams of Reggio Emilia and became a professional player in the 1995/96, season, when the team were in the Italian second division. After a year of getting used to the big time, Basile was a key player in the following season's promotion to the top flight with a 68% success rate in two-point shots, he recorded a 12,5 point average. Those stats gradually got even better as he became a figure in the Italian game and in the 1998/98 season he left Reggio Emilia for Fortitudo Bologna, the recent champions of the Italian Cup , where he soon built a reputation as an excellent shooter.
In the 1999/00 season, Baso won the Italian League with an average of 9,5 points per game and increased his shooting accuracy with two-point shots (57,4%)and three point shots (37,6%). Fortitudo also won the Italian Super Cup (2000).
The following year Basile made his debut in the Euroleague, though it was Fortitudo's city rivals Kinder who won the competition, beating Tau Vitoria in the final. That same season, Basile established himself as a reference point for the team with a 10 point scoring average in Europe and 12,9 points in the league.
The Italian guard continued to impress with a 13 points average in the league and a 40% success rate from the 6,25 line. Basile was lining up with Gregor Fucka and Zoran Savic, with whom he would later team up again at Barca. That season in the Euroleague, Basil’s Skipper team played FC Barcelona in the Top 16, ending up in third spot, thus missing out on the Final Four, behind Barca and Benetton. Basile's stats in Europe were a 12 points average and a 43% success rate in three-pointers.
Italian teams dominated the European game and Edney and Marconato at Benetton and Turkcan and Kakiouzis at Montepaschi ensured a double presence in the Final Four in Barcelona, which the hosts won beating Benetton in the final. Skipper again just missed out though Basile returned excellent figures with a 13,8 point average in the 19 games played.
During this season, Basile was MVP of the Italian League with an average of 13,4 points per match and a 44% accuracy in both two-point and three-pointers. That year was also the Bologna team's most successful in Europe, beating Montepaschi in the semis of the Final Four, before losing to the Maccabi team of Parker, Burstein and Jasikevicius.
In his final year in Italy, Basile again chalked up some fine stats and was named Man of the Match in the Final of the Italian League, which his renamed Climamio team won. Basile had an average of 11,5 points per game, 3,2 rebounds and 2 assists, with 50% accuracy in two-point shots and 32,8% in three-pointers. Although he failed to make the European Final Four, Baso recorded an impeccable 100% in free shots –28 from 28 in the regular season.
Gianluca Basile joined Barcelona under the guidance of his one time teammate and technical director in Bologna, Zoran Savic. In his first season at Barca he reached the Final Four after beating Real Madrid in the quarterfinal play offs. In the ACB League he scored an 8,2 point average, with a 48% success rate in two-point shots, stats he improved on in Europe with an 8,7 point per game average and 54% in two-point shots.
Baso's success at Barca increased and he reached the final of the ACB League as a key part of the team with stats of 9,7 points, 3 rebounds and a 10,7 evaluation rating
The year Navarro left for the NBA, Basile took on even more importance for the team and with 27 minutes average court time, he was the player who figured most for the team during the regular season. The Italian was again a finalist in the ACB with an average of 9,7 points per game in the regular season and 6,6 in the play-offs. His best game was the quarterfinals of the Euroleague against Maccabi Tel Aviv. In the second game, played at the Palau he recorded his best figures at the club, with 34 points, 6 three-pointers, 5 rebounds and a 31 evaluation rating
Barša won the ACB League in 2008/09 and the Italian was a key part of Xavi Pascual's team, recording averages of 7,6 points, 1,8 rebounds 39% success rate in three-pointers and 48% in two pointers, together with an evaluation rating of 6,8 per game during the regular season. In the play-off he was the second highest scorer from the 6,25 line behind Juan Carlos Navarro, with a 2,33 three-pointers average in the 9 games played. One of the games in which his contribution proved decisive was the first game of the final of the play-off for the l’ACB against Tau CerÓmica. With just two seconds left, and with Tau leading 80-79 Basile fired home a basket from beyond the 6,25 line to give Barca a key win which they built on to take the tie in the fourth game at the Palau.
Like the rest of his teammates, the Italian guard had just about the perfect season, only missing out on back-to-back triumphs in the ACB League with the title finally going to Baskonia. Earlier on the Italian had won four titles – the Catalan league, ACB Supercup, Cup and Euroleague – to complete his best season with the team in his time at FC Barcelona. Regal Barša’s no. 5 played in 28 ACB League regular season matches (13.4 minutes on average, 5 points, with a 43% success rate in three-pointers and 57% for two-pointers). He also took part in eight ACB play-off games (16 minutes on average, 6.25 points, with a 36% success rate in three-pointers and 50% for two-pointers).
In the Euroleague, the Italian played a total of 18 matches averaging 17.17 minutes and 4.1 points per game. After fifteen seasons as a professional, he saw his long-pursued dream of lifting the Euroleague title come true. It took place in Paris and the guard from Ruvo di Puglia scored two three-pointers in the final against Olympiacos, who his team beat handsomely by 86 to 68.
Gianluca Basile began his international career with the Italian under 22 team, with whom he played in the 1996 European championships and where Italy finished fifth. He made his full international debut at the 1998 World Championships. He has played in 5 European Championships(1999, 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2007), two Olympic Games (2000 and 2004) and two World Championships (1998 and 2006). His best years with the National Team were in 1999 when Italy were proclaimed Champions at the European Championships and in 2003 when Italy took Bronze. His contribution was also key in the Olympic Final against Argentina, when Italy took Silver.
In the semifinal against Lithuania, Basile had scored 31 points, scoring 7 out of his 11 three-pointer attempts that led Italy into the final.
His excellent three point shooting has won him the nickname mandarineri, as these scores are known as mandarins in Italy. He has also been a pioneer of the tiro ignorante, shots with hardly any angle.
Voted Best player of the Italian League 2003/04
Voted Best player of the Italian League play-offs 2004/05
He and his wife Nuncia have three children: Alexia, Manuela and Federica, who was born in Barcelona.
Basile is a versatile performer who can offer various tactical options for the coach in a
variety of outside game positions, especially as guard or centre. His leadership qualities also
make him unafraid to take responsibility for long distance efforts - one of his principal technical
He's a leader who is full of character who never shirks taking responsibility for lifting the team. His has considerable experience at the top level and always performs at a high level, boasting a points per game average of more than 10.
2010/11 ACB League
2010/11 Spanish Cup
2010/11 Supercup ACB
2010/11 Catalan League
2009/10 Spanish Cup
2009/10 Supercup ACB
2009/10 Catalan League
2008/09 ACB League
2004/05 Italian League
1999/00 Italian League
Italian National Team
2004 Silver Medal Olympic Games Athens
2003 Eurobasket bronze medal (Sweden)
1999 Eurobasket gold medal (France)