|13 February 2014|
|Italian international Angelo Gigli is returning to the club where his professional career began: Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia|
EuroChallenge participants Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia have confirmed the return of Italian international Angelo Gigli to the club where he made his first professional steps.
Gigli arrives at Reggio Emilia on loan from Serie A leaders EA7 Emporio Armani Milano, where he had seen limited playing time this season as he featured in only two games in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague and a further seven games in the Italian League.
The 2.09m forward/center averaged 2.5 points and 1.5 rebounds in the Euroleague while he contributed 1.1 points and 2.1 boards in the Serie A.
"Following the injury to [center] Greg Brunner we decided to incorporate one extra element on the roster in order to reinforce our frontline," said Reggio Emilia Sporting Director Alessandro Frosini.
"We evaluated the various options that were available on the market and we focused on a player like Angelo, whose characteristics both as a player and a person are a perfect fit for the identity of our club.
"He is an Italian player, he knows very well the environment at Reggio Emilia and he is eager to show his real value on the court.
"Technically speaking, he is a versatile big man who can provide us with experience and solidity at both the offensive and the defensive end."
Gigli, who turns 31 in June, had joined Reggio Emilia's youth team in 2001 and was promoted to the senior team the following season.
Despite his young age, he quickly became a linchpin of the side that won the Lega Due (Italian second division) championship title and restored Reggio Emilia's top-flight status.
|Angelo Gigli participated in Italy's EuroBasket 2013 Qualification campaign, but injury ruled him out of the main event|
Gigli signed with then Italian powerhouse Benetton Treviso in 2006 and won one Supercup and one Coppa Italia title, before joining Virtus Roma in 2008.
He stayed at the team of the Italian capital until 2011 before looking for a new challenge in his career and moved to Virtus Bologna, for whom he played until last summer, when he arrived at Milano.
Gigli first played for Italy at the 2002 European Championship for Young Men and made his debut with the senior national team at EuroBasket 2005.
His breakthrough moment on the international stage was EuroBasket 2007 in Spain, where he earned a starter's spot on an Italian side whose frontcourt included the likes of Andrea Bargnani, Denis Marconato, Stefano Mancinelli and Andrea Crosariol. He averaged six points and 6.3 rebounds per game.
In latter years, the national team career of the new Reggio Emilia big man has been been mired by injury as he was forced to miss EuroBasket 2013, despite participating in Italy's qualification campaign.
His last major tournament with the Azzurri was EuroBasket 2011, where he averaged 4.5 points and 3.6 boards per game.