Sunday, June 23, 2024

Aris Signs Giorgos Gkiouzelis

Aris BC has announced the signing of 29-year-old power forward Giorgos Gkiouzelis for the 2024-25 season. The experienced player joins Aris after spending the previous season with Apollon Patras.

Professional Career:

Giorgos Gkiouzelis (or Georgios Giouzelis), born on October 13, 1995, is a 2.04 m (6'8") tall, 98 kg (215 lb.) power forward. He began his basketball journey in the youth system of Panathinaikos, one of Greece's basketball powerhouses.

From 2012 to 2017, Gkiouzelis played in various lower-level leagues in Greece before making a significant move to Koroivos Amaliadas in the Greek 2nd division for the 2018-19 season. He averaged 7.2 points and 3.7 rebounds in 29 games.

In the following season, he joined Diagoras Dryopideon, where he averaged 6.4 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. His performance caught the attention of Iraklis where he played in the 2020-21 season, albeit with limited minutes, averaging 2.1 points and 1.3 rebounds in 9 games.

For the 2021-22 season, Gkiouzelis signed with Ionikos Nikaias, where he saw more playing time, averaging 5.1 points and 3.3 rebounds in 23 games. He moved to Peristeri in 2022, but his stint was short-lived, and he subsequently transferred to Karditsa mid-season. In 14 games with Karditsa, he averaged 5.1 points and 2.8 rebounds.

In June 2023, Gkiouzelis joined Apollon Patras, where he played 27 games, averaging 4.4 points and 2.3 rebounds in 22 minutes per game. On June 23, 2024, Gkiouzelis made the move to Aris, where he is expected to be a valuable addition to their roster.

Career Highlights and Stats:

Koroivos (2018-19): Averaged 7.2 points, 3.7 rebounds.
Diagoras Dryopideon (2019-20): Averaged 6.4 points, 5.1 rebounds.
Iraklis (2020-21): Averaged 2.1 points, 1.3 rebounds.
Ionikos Nikaias (2021-22): Averaged 5.1 points, 3.3 rebounds.
Peristeri and Karditsa (2022-23): Averaged 5.1 points, 2.8 rebounds with Karditsa.
Apollon Patras (2023-24): Averaged 4.4 points, 2.3 rebounds.

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