James Gist

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James Gist
James Gist by Augustas Didzgalvis.jpg
Gist with Panathinaikos in 2014.
No. 14 – Panathinaikos Athens
Position Power forward
League Greek Basket League
Euroleague
Personal information
Born (1986-10-26) October 26, 1986 (age 28)
Adana, Turkey[1]
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school Our Lady of Good Counsel
(Wheaton, Maryland)
College Maryland (2004–2008)
NBA draft 2008 / Round: 2 / Pick: 57th overall
Selected by the San Antonio Spurs
Pro career 2008–present
Career history
2008–2009 Angelico Biella
2009–2010 Lokomotiv Kuban
2010–2011 Partizan Belgrade
2011–2012 Fenerbahçe Ülker
2012 Unicaja Málaga
2012–present Panathinaikos
Career highlights and awards

James Clough Gist III (born October 26, 1986), is an American professional basketball player who plays for Panathinaikos Athens of the Greek Basket League. Standing at 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m), he plays at the power forward position. Born in Adana, Turkey, he played high school basketball for Our Lady of Good Counsel before enrolling to the University of Maryland to play college basketball for the Terrapins, from 2004 to 2008.

High school and college basketball[edit]

Gist attended Our Lady of Good Counsel High School. In his senior season he averaged 19.5 points per game to go along with 10.3 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game, while he also became his school's all-time leader in blocked shots with over 300.[2] He played college basketball at the University of Maryland, where he played with the Maryland Terrapins.[3] Gist scored a career-high 31 points against Wake Forest.[4][5] Throughout the course of 4 seasons Gist appeared in 130 games for Maryland, averaging 10.9 points per game, 6.0 rebounds per game and 1.8 blocks per game.[6] At the time of his graduation Gist was fourth all-time in blocked shots for Maryland with 231, tenth in rebounds with 783 and seventeenth in points scored with 1,414 (later surpassed by Greivis Vásquez).[7]

Professional career[edit]

Gist was drafted 57th overall in the 2008 NBA Draft by the San Antonio Spurs. After spending a year with the Italian League club Biella,[8] Gist signed a contract with the Russian team Lokomotiv-Kuban for the 2009–10 season.[9] Gist played for the Spurs in the 2010 NBA Summer League,[10] but was waived on October 19, 2010.[11]

Then he played with Partizan Belgrade during the 2010-11 season, where he won the Basketball League of Serbia championship, the Radivoj Korać Cup, and the Adriatic League championship. In the summer of 2011, he signed a contract with the Turkish League club Fenerbahçe Ülker.[12][13] Shortly afterwards, it was announced that he had a sample tested positive for marijuana use, while playing for Partizan.[14] On July 7, 2012, Fenerbahçe announced that Gist would not play the next season with the club.[15]

On August 15, 2012, Gist signed one-year deal (with an option for one more season) with the Spanish League club Unicaja Málaga.[16][17] On September 26, he won the slam dunk contest of the Spanish League.[18] Gist joined the Greek League club Panathinaikos in December 2012 as part of a trade with Andy Panko.[19] At the end of the season, Gist renewed his contract with the Panathinaikos for two additional seasons.[20]

On March 17, 2015, Panathinaikos announced that they had agreed terms with Gist to renew his contract for an extra 2 years, keeping him in Athens until 2017.[21]

On April 5, 2015, Gist was tested positive for marijuana use, for the second time in his career, after the Greek Cup final against Apollon Patras.[22] Eventually, on May 12, Gist was suspended for 8 months from participating in the sports events.[23]

Personal life[edit]

He is son of Linda and James C. Gist, Jr. and was born in İncirlik, Adana, Turkey on 26 October 1986, when his father was in the Air Force and stationed at İncirlik Air Base.[24] He was the first American child who was born at İncirlik Air Base.[25][26]

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  PIR  Performance Index Rating
 Bold  Career high

Note: The Euroleague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season, he also played in domestic competition.

Euroleague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2010–11 Partizan 14 9 29.9 .384 .467 .681 6.9 1.6 1.0 1.0 11.4 11.8
2011–12 Fenerbahçe 16 16 25.1 .479 .321 .769 4.5 .9 1.3 .9 7.4 8.8
2012–13 Panathinaikos 29 14 22.2 .426 .347 .587 4.5 .6 .7 .7 8.1 8.1
2013–14 Panathinaikos 26 17 23.4 .539 .342 .629 3.6 .8 1.1 .7 8.9 9.5
2014–15 Panathinaikos 28 17 23.0 .456 .319 .731 4.3 1.5 1.0 .6 9.5 10.5
Career 113 73 24.1 .456 .357 .670 4.5 1.0 1.0 .7 8.9 9.6

References[edit]

  1. ^ He was born in İncirlik, Adana (Turkish).
  2. ^ "James Gist Biography". University of Maryland, College Park. Retrieved 4 April 2015. 
  3. ^ Player Bio: James Gist.
  4. ^ "Maryland 74, Wake Forest 70". ESPN. 29 February 2008. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "Individual Game Leaders". University of Maryland, College Park. Retrieved 4 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "James Gist player profile". NCAA. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 
  7. ^ "Individual Career Leaders". University of Maryland, College Park. Retrieved 4 April 2015. 
  8. ^ Angelico Biella announced James Gist.
  9. ^ БК «Локомотив-Кубань» заключил контракт с Джеймсом Гистом (Russian).
  10. ^ NBA Summer League Rosters - Vegas.
  11. ^ The latest NBA cuts.
  12. ^ Fenerbahçe Ülker's transfers (Turkish).
  13. ^ Gist passed medical test (Turkish).
  14. ^ "Turkey - James Gist positive on THC (cannabis)". mlbb.gr. 1 July 2011. Retrieved 9 May 2015. 
  15. ^ "James Gist won't play for Fenerbahce next season.". Sportando. Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  16. ^ "Unicaja Malaga agreed to terms with James Gist.". Sportando. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  17. ^ Moutis, Lefteris. "Unicaja’s powerful front line.". eurohoops.net. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  18. ^ Europa Press James Gist wins slam dunk contest (Spanish).
  19. ^ Euroleague.net PANATHINAIKOS brings Gist aboard in trade.
  20. ^ "PANATHINAIKOS keeps highlight reel stud Gist". euroleague.net. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  21. ^ "Panathinaikos re-signs highlight reel Gist". Euroleague.net. March 17, 2015. Retrieved March 17, 2015. 
  22. ^ "Gist to face punishment for doping". Yahoo! Sports. 9 May 2015. Retrieved 9 May 2015. 
  23. ^ "Δημητρακόπουλος: "Καμία προσφυγή για τον Γκιστ"". sport24.gr (in Greek). 12 May 2015. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  24. ^ Adana born goes to Fenerbahçe Ülker (Turkish).
  25. ^ I was born in Adana, I'm a Turk (Turkish).
  26. ^ Adanaliyak, Allah'ın adamıyak (Turkish).

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Australia Aleks Marić
Most Valuable Player of
Kup Radivoja Koraća

2011
Succeeded by
Serbia Danilo Anđušić