Market blow for Pistoia Basket: taken a former Virtus Bologna

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Gabriele Benetti in Pistoia

Pistoia Basket 2000 has announced that it has signed Gabriele Benetti through the end of the 2022/23 football season.

“Born in Vicenza in 1995, a 200 cm by 91kg wing, Benetti took his first steps in his city’s youth sector before joining Virtus Bologna in 2013. With the Vu Nere he finished third in the Under-19 national finals and, in 2014, made his Serie A debut. He also shows up in the blue arena with 13 appearances between Under18 and Under20,” reads the note released by the Tuscan club.

“In 2015 he moved to Virtus Roma, in A2 series, where he played three consecutive seasons taking the court 59 times before suffering a serious ACL injury. He returns to the parquet in the 2018/19 season in a few appearances with Legnano and then, from 2020/21, he moves to Benacquista Latina where he completes an excellent season as, between Supercoppa and regular season, he manages to score an average of 10 points per game (which become 12.2 in the second phase) adding over 4 rebounds per game,” the release continues.

“Last championship he moved, again in A2, to Fabriano where he traveled with an average of 7.23 points and 3.45 rebounds in 24 minutes of usage until March 2022 when he was signed by OraSì Ravenna as a reinforcement for the final rush of the season: for him 14′ of average usage in the playoffs with 53% from two points. Finally, last September he was aggregated to HDL Nardò where he played the three games of the Supercup round with a usage of over 22′ of average scoring 8.7 points with 34% from three-point range. For his adventure in the red and white, he chose jersey number 0,” it reads.

“I am really excited to start this adventure and the stimuli are huge. I arrive in a team that is in first place with great quality and in a square that I have admired for so many years: therefore, I can only be honored to wear the red and white colors. I have been missing from the parquet and the match-climate for a few months but, in the meantime, I have been training with my athletic trainer, now I have to find the real climate of the court. In these first days I have seen a united group that is the basis of the results that are coming together with a serious and well organized society. I don’t want to unbalance myself on the goals to be achieved, I just hope to get as high as possible,” said Benetti in his first words as an biancorosso player.

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