Kakiouzis wearing #15.
November 29, 1976 |
|Listed height||6 ft 9.5 in (2.07 m)|
|Listed weight||240 lb (109 kg)|
|NBA draft||1998 / Undrafted|
|Position||Small forward / Power forward|
|2012–2013||SAV Vacallo Basket|
Michalis "Mika" Kakiouzis (alternate spellings: Michail, Michailis, Mihalis) (Greek: Μιχάλης Κακιούζης; born November 29, 1976) is a Greek former basketball player who last played for Faros Keratsiniou in the A2 Division in Greece. At a height of 2.07 m (6 ft. 9 ½ in.), he can play at both the small forward and power forward positions.
After playing youth basketball from the age of 8, with the Nea Filadelfeias Youth Academy of Ionikos, Greece, Kakiouzis made his debut with the Ionikos N.F. senior club in the 1992–93 season. He played three seasons in the Greek A2 League. At the age of 18, he became the 2nd scorer and rebounder of the Greek A2 League.
He was in the squad that brought Greece the gold medal in 1995, at the FIBA Under-19 World Championship for junior men. This was a stepping stone for his journey toward AEK Athens, as his performance at the 1995 Junior World Championship with Greece got him a contract with AEK, one of the powers of the top Greek League.
Kakiouzis had a fruitful stay at AEK Athens. While with the club, he won a Greek League championship in the 2001–02 season, and he also won two Greek Cups, in the years 2000 and 2001. He also won the Saporta Cup with AEK, in the year 2000.
After leaving AEK Athens in the year 2002, Kakiouzis went on to play for Montepaschi Siena in Italy. With Siena, he won both the Italian League championship and the Italian Supercup in the 2003–04 season. He was also named to the All-Italian League Team for the season by the Eurobasket.com website.
Kakiouzis signed with the Turkish League club Efes in 2008. On August 27, 2009, he returned to the Greek League and signed with Aris Thessaloniki. In 2011, he signed with Vanoli Basket to help the team to avoid relegation.
In January 2012, he signed with the Italian League club Virtus Roma. In October 2012, he signed with SAV Vacallo Basket of the Swiss League. In 2013, he played for the Cypriot League club AEK Larnaca. In the summer of 2013, he participated in the training camp of Olympiacos. He then joined the Greek club AENK in 2013. On 19 January 2015, after averaging 9 points and 6 rebounds, he left AENK.
On 4 January 2016, he announced that his retirement as a player would come at the end of the 2015–16 season.
Greek national team
At the age of 15, Kakiouzis became a player of the National Junior Team of Greece. With the Greek junior national team, he won the gold medal at the 1993 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship. He was also on the Greek national junior squad that brought Greece the gold medal in 1995, at the FIBA Under-19 World Championship for junior men. He would later go on to be a key member on Greece's senior national team as well.
Kakiouzis was the captain of the senior men's Greek national basketball team. He was a member of the Greek team that won the gold medal at the EuroBasket 2005 and also a member of Greece's silver medal winning team at the 2006 FIBA World Championship. Kakiouzis was on Greece's team that competed at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games, which was held in Athens. He also competed with Greece's senior team at the EuroBasket 1999, EuroBasket 2001, EuroBasket 2003, and EuroBasket 2007.
Awards and achievements
- Saporta Cup Champion: (2000)
- 2x Greek Cup Champion: (2000, 2001)
- Greek League All-Star: (2000, 2002)
- Greek League Champion: (2002)
- Italian Supercup Champion: (2004)
- Italian League Champion: (2004)
- Spanish Cup Champion: (2007)
- Turkish Cup Champion: (2009)
- Turkish League Champion: (2009)
- Cypriot League Champion: (2013)
Greek National Team
- 1993 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship: Gold
- 1995 FIBA Under-19 World Championship: Gold
- 3x Acropolis Tournament Champion: (2005, 2006, 2007)
- EuroBasket 2005: Gold
- 2006 FIBA World Championship: Silver
- Sport24.gr Στην προετοιμασία του Ολυμπιακού ο Μιχάλης Κακιούζης (Greek).
- Michalis Kakiouzis leaves Nea Kifissia
- Ο Μιχάλης Κακιούζης στον ΑΠΟΕΛ!! (Αφιέρωμα – Βίντεο) (in Greek). apoel.com.cy. 23 January 2015. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
- το «αντίο» ο Μιχάλης Κακιούζης (Greek).