|No. 20 – Panathinaikos|
|Position||Point guard / Shooting guard|
August 4, 1998 |
Maroussi, Athens, Greece
|Listed height||6 ft 4.75 in (1.95 m)|
|Listed weight||200 lb (91 kg)|
|Career highlights and awards|
Michalis Lountzis (alternate spelling: Michail) (Greek: Μιχάλης Λούντζης; born 4 August 1998) is a Greek professional basketball player for Panathinaikos of the Greek Basket League and the EuroLeague. He is a 1.95 m (6' 4 3⁄4") tall point guard-shooting guard.
Lountzis started playing basketball in Zakynthos, where he is from. Lountzis was invited to the Next Generation Practices at the 2014 Adidas Eurocamp, in Treviso, Italy, and, earlier that year, to the Jordan Brand Classic International Tour.
Lountzis played with Kronos Agiou Dimitriou in Greece's amateur level fourth division, in the 2013–14 season. On 23 June 2014, Lountzis signed a five-year deal with Panathinaikos of Greece's top-tier level Greek Basket League. Lountzis made his professional debut at age 16, with Panathinaikos, on January 12, 2015, in a Greek Basket League victory over Panelefsiniakos.
He became the youngest player ever to play in the Greek Cup Final, when he played with Panathinaikos in their victory against Apollon Patras, in the 2015 Greek Cup Final, on April 5, 2015. He made his debut in the European-wide top-tier level EuroLeague, at the age of 16, on April 14, 2015, in a playoff game against CSKA Moscow.
National team career
Lountzis was the captain of the junior Greek Under-16 national team at the 2014 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship. He also played with Greece's junior national teams at the 2015 FIBA Under-19 World Cup, the 2015 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship, where he won a gold medal, and at the 2nd division 2016 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship Division B, where he won a bronze medal. He also played at the 2017 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship, where he won a gold medal.
Awards and accomplishments
Greek national team
- 2015 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship: Gold
- 2016 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship Division B: Bronze
- 2017 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship: Gold
- LOUNTZIS, MICHALIS HEIGHT: 1.95.
- ΛΟΥΝΤΖΗΣ Μιχάλης | ΥΨΟΣ 1,95 (in Greek).
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- Ανακοινώθηκε ο Λούντζης από τον Παναθηναϊκό. sport24.gr (in Greek). 23 June 2014. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
- "Panathinaikos 91, Panelefsiniakos 54". paobc.gr (in Greek). 12 January 2015. Retrieved 17 January 2015.
- Η ενδιαφέρουσα ζωή του Μιχάλη Λούντζη (in Greek).
- 2014-15 Playoffs CSKA MOSCOW 93 PANATHINAIKOS ATHENS 66
- "Παναθηναϊκός: Mπαίνουν σε θέση μάχης!". onsports.gr (in Greek). 9 August 2014. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
- Michail LOUNTZIS (GRE) participated in 4 FIBA / FIBA Zones events.