November 7, 1959 |
Kurtuluş, Istanbul, Turkey
|Listed height||6 ft 1.75 in (1.87 m)|
|NBA draft||1981 / Undrafted|
|Position||Point guard / Shooting guard|
|1975–1976||İstanbul Teknik Üniversitesi|
|1995–1996||AEK Athens (assistant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
Minas Gekos (alternate spelling: Gkegos) (Greek: Μηνάς Γκέκος; born November 7, 1959 in Kurtuluş, Istanbul, Turkey) is a Greek professional basketball coach and a retired professional basketball player. At 6' 1 3⁄4" (1.87 m) in height, he played at the point guard and shooting guard positions.
Professional playing career
Gekos started his playing career with İstanbul Teknik Üniversitesi in 1975. He later went to Greece, and joined AEK Athens, where he played until 1991. Then he continued his career with Panathinaikos (1991–94), and he returned to AEK Athens, for the last season of his career as a player (1994–95).
After he retired from playing professional basketball, Gekos started his coaching career in 1995, when he became an assistant coach under Vlado Đurović and Slobodan Subotić, in AEK Athens. In 1997, he became an assistant coach, under Subotić, with Panathinaikos. He became the head coach of Esperos Kallitheas, in 1999.
He then became the head coach of Apollon Patras, in 2000. He next became head coach of Papagou, in 2003. After that, he was Panagiotis Giannakis' assistant coach in Maroussi, and Luka Pavićević's assistant coach in Panionios.
Awards and accomplishments
Achievements as a player
- Won the Greek Cup in 1981 with AEK.
- Played in the Greek Cup finals in 1978, 1980, and 1988 with AEK.
- Member of the Panathinaikos roster that won the Greek Cup in 1993, but he did not play in the final.
- Overall, played in 4 Greek Cup Finals, and scored 72 points.
- He is one of the best ever scorers in the Greek Basket League, having scored 6,131 points in the A National and A1 National categories.
- He played in 188 games, and scored 2,701 points, in the A1 National.
- He played in 53 games with the senior men's national team of Greece. He played at the EuroBasket 1979 and the EuroBasket 1983.
Achievements as a coach
- He won the Greek League championship as an assistant coach in 1998 and 1999.