Aquila Basket Trento

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Dolomiti Energia Trento
Dolomiti Energia Trento logo
Founded1995; 24 years ago (1995)
HistoryAquila Basket Trento
LocationTrento, Trentino, Italy
Team colorsWhite and Black
PresidentLuigi Longhi
Team managerSalvatore Trainotti
Head coachNicola Brienza
Championships1 Serie A2
1 LegaDue Cup

Aquila Basket Trento, also known for sponsorship reasons as Dolomiti Energia Trento, is an Italian professional basketball club based in Trent, Trentino.

It was founded in 1995 as an amalgamation of two local clubs, going from the amateur divisions to the first division LBA in less than a decade. It plays in the LBA as of the 2017–18 season.


The PalaTrento, home venue of the club
Head coach Maurizio Buscaglia led the team to the LBA and to two LBA Finals

Aquila Basket Trento was founded in 1995 from the merger of two clubs playing the seventh tier Serie D, Dolomiti Sport B.C. Trento and Pallacanestro Villazzano, under the impetus of their respective presidents; Gianni Brusinelli and Marco Angelini. In 2000, Giovanni Zobele became club president and the same season Aquila Basket was promoted to the Serie C2, later moving up to the Serie C1 in 2002.[1]

Long serving coach Maurizio Buscaglia was nominated before the 2003–04 season,[2] he would help the club win the C1 the next season to be promoted to the fourth Serie B2, adding the C1 Cup with a 77–68 win over Navarra Ferentino.[1][3] Staying there for four years, it lost the promotion playoffs on game 5 in 2005–06, with Buscaglia leaving the following season. Trento won the 2007–08 regular season but could not obtain promotion to the Divisione Nazionale A until buying Lumezzane's sporting rights in 2009.[1][3]

For the club's first season in the third division, Vincenzo Esposito – notable for his playing career - was chosen for the coaching job, leading the club to the ninth place. Buscaglia returned to Trento in 2010, guiding the side to eighth in the league, though that meant it had to play in the relegation playoffs as the league was contracting, with their subsequent loss condemning them to relegation.[4] However, Trento - having earlier confirmed Busacaglia - was granted a wildcard by the league to stay at that level.[5]

On 18 January 2012, Luigi Longhi replaced Zobele as president. In the course of the same 2011–12 season, Trento earned a promotion to the LegaDue after beating BLS Chieti on 27 May 2012 to win the semifinals series 3–1, they went on to win the league outright after toppling Ferentino in the final. Trento adapted quickly to the professional second division, lifting the LegaDue Cup – organised in the PalaTrento - by beating Pistoia 84–76 in the final, also reaching the promotion playoffs that same season. In 2013–14 it went one better, finishing the regular season in first place before downing Agrigento (3–0) Torino (3–2) and finally Capo d'Orlando (3–0) to earn a historic promotion to the first division Serie A.[1]

Their first season in the elite was an unanticipated success as the promotees, led by Serie A MVP Tony Mitchell (also league top scorer), finished fourth in the regular season whilst the organisation had two other awardees at the Lega Basket Awards, with Buscaglia coach of the year and GM Salvatore Trainotti best executive (repeating the LegaDue awards they earned in 2014).[6]

Qualifying for the title playoffs for their first season in the elite, Trento won the first game of the quarterfinal series against Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari 81–70 for another record,[7] but could not make their home advantage count as they then lost a closely contested game at the PalaTrento before being defeated in both away games to the eventual champions.[3][8] That result did ensure the side would participate in a European competition for the first time ever, earning a place in the second-tier EuroCup for 2015–16. The club reached the semi-finals in the competition.

In the 2016–17 season, Trento reached the Italian League Finals for the first time in club history after beating Olimpia Milano in the semi-finals series 4–1.[9] In the 2017 LBA Finals, Trento lost to Reyer Venezia, 2–the 2017–18 season, Trento reached the Italian League Finals for the second time in club history after beating Reyer Venezia in the semi-finals series. In the 2018 LBA Finals, Trento lost to Olimpia Milano, 2–4.


Current roster[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

Dolomiti Energia Trento roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
F 0 United States Kelly, Rashard 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 101 kg (223 lb) 24 – (1995-08-22)22 August 1995
SG 1 United States Blackmon, James 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 91 kg (201 lb) 24 – (1995-04-25)25 April 1995
PG 4 United States Craft, Aaron 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 88 kg (194 lb) 28 – (1991-02-12)12 February 1991
SF 5 Italy Gentile, Alessandro 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 104 kg (229 lb) 26 – (1992-11-12)12 November 1992
PF 7 Italy Pascolo, Davide 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 91 kg (201 lb) 28 – (1990-12-14)14 December 1990
SG 9 Italy Mian, Fabio 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 88 kg (194 lb) 27 – (1992-02-07)7 February 1992
PG 10 Argentina Forray, Andrés Pablo (C) 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 87 kg (192 lb) 33 – (1986-03-20)20 March 1986
PF 13 United States Knox, Justin 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 110 kg (243 lb) 30 – (1989-01-13)13 January 1989
F/C 14 Italy Mezzanotte, Andrea 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 91 kg (201 lb) 21 – (1998-04-08)8 April 1998
G 20 Italy Voltolini, Alessandro 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 80 kg (176 lb) 17 – (2001-12-29)29 December 2001
C 23 Italy Ladurner, Maximilian 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 17 – (2001-12-06)6 December 2001
SF 24 United States King, George 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 25 – (1994-01-15)15 January 1994
C 25 Italy Lechthaler, Luca 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 105 kg (231 lb) 33 – (1986-02-23)23 February 1986
SG 34 Italy Picarelli, Matteo 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 180 kg (397 lb) 18 – (2001-05-26)26 May 2001
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Emanuele Molin
  • Davide Dusmet
Athletic trainer(s)
  • Andrea Baldi
  • Giacomo Beccucci
Team manager
  • Michael Robinson

  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Updated: September 29, 2019

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Justin Knox Luca Lechthaler Andrea Mezzanotte Maximilian Ladurner
PF Rashard Kelly Davide Pascolo
SF Alessandro Gentile George King Fabio Mian
SG James Blackmon Alessandro Voltolini Matteo Picarelli
PG Aaron Craft Andrés Pablo Forray

5+5 formula (colours: Italian or homegrown players; foreign players; young players)

Squad changes for the 2019-2020 season[edit]


No. Pos. Nat. Name Moving from Type Ends Date Source
0 F United States Rashard Kelly Parma Perm Russia 1 year 2020 11 July 2019 [10]
1 SG United States James Blackmon V.L. Pesaro Italy 1 year 2020 19 July 2019 [11]
24 SF United States George King Northern Arizona Suns United States 1 year 2020 21 July 2019 [12]
13 C United States Justin Knox Pallacanestro Trieste Italy 1 year 2020 25 July 2019 [13]
34 SG Italy Matteo Picarelli Grasshopper Zürich Switzerland 12 August 2019 [14]
5 SF Italy Alessandro Gentile CB Estudiantes Spain 2 2021 26 September 2019 [15]


No. Pos. Nat. Name Moving to Type Date Source
1 G/F United States Devyn Marble Golden State Warriors United States end of contract June 2019 [16]
12 SG Italy Diego Flaccadori Bayern Munich Germany end of contract June 2019 [17]
15 SF Portugal João Gomes Benfica Portugal end of contract June 2019 [18]
22 C United States Dustin Hogue Enisey Krasnoyarsk Russia end of contract June 2019 [19]
32 C Serbia Nikola Jovanović Crvena Zvezda Serbia return from loan June 2019 [20]

Notable players[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

Season by season[edit]

Season Tier League Pos. Domestic cups European competitions
2011–12 3 DNA 1st DNA Cup SF
2012–13 2 LegaDue 4th LegaDue Cup C
2013–14 2 DNA Gold 1st A2 Cup RU
2014–15 1 Serie A 5th Italian Cup QF
2015–16 1 Serie A 8th Italian Cup SF 2 Eurocup SF
2016–17 1 LBA 2nd
2017–18 1 LBA 2nd 2 EuroCup T16
2018–19 1 LBA 6th 2 EuroCup RS


Domestic competitions[edit]

Sponsorship names[edit]

Throughout the years, due to sponsorship deals, it has been also known as:

  • Sosi Trento: (1995–2005)
  • Bitumcalor Trento: (2005–2013)
  • Aquila Basket Trento: (2013–2014)
  • Dolomiti Energia Trento: (2014–present)



  1. ^ a b c d "Storia" [History]. (in Italian). Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  2. ^ Apicella, Nicola (13 June 2014). "Basket, Trento si prende la A: Non siamo impreparati" [Basketball, Trento grabs the [Serie] A: “We are not unprepared”]. (in Italian). Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  3. ^ a b c "Club profile: Dolomiti Energia Trento". 3 August 2015. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  4. ^ Peretti, Daniele (7 June 2011). "Il Bitumcalor riparte da Buscaglia" [Bitumcalor restarts with Buscaglia]. TrentinoCorriere delle (in Italian). Archived from the original on 8 March 2016. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  5. ^ "Ripescaggio ufficiale L'Aquila resta in A". L' 13 June 2011.
  6. ^ "Basket, Lega Awars 2015: pioggia di premi su Trento, Mitchell MVP di serie A1, Trainotti dirigente dell'anno, Buscaglia coach of the year" [Basketball, Lega Awards 2015: heap of awards for Trento, Mitchell Serie A MVP, Trainotti executive of the year, Buscaglia coach of the year]. (in Italian). 8 May 2015. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  7. ^ "Basket, playoff Serie A, quarti gara-1: Milano-Bologna 90-67, Trento-Sassari 81-70" [Basketball, Serie A playoffs, quarterfinals game 1: Milano-Bologna 90-67, Trento-Sassari 81-70]. (in Italian). 18 May 2015. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  8. ^ "Basket, play off: Sassari si regala Milano, finisce la favola di Trento" [Basketball, playoffs: Sassari treat themselves to Milano, Trento's fairytale is over]. (in Italian). 24 May 2015. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  9. ^ "Trento disgraced Milano and advanced to the finals". 2017-06-02. Retrieved 2017-06-02.
  10. ^ "Ufficiale l'arrivo di Rashard Kelly". (in Italian). Aquila Basket Trento. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  11. ^ "Colpo sul perimetro: arriva James Blackmon!". (in Italian). Aquila Basket Trento. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  12. ^ "Un "Re" alla corte di coach Brienza: firmato George King". (in Italian). Aquila Basket Trento. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  13. ^ "Sotto le plance arriva Justin Knox". (in Italian). Aquila Basket Trento. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  14. ^ "Anche Matteo Picarelli nel roster della Dolomiti Energia Trentino". (in Italian). Aquila Basket Trento. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  15. ^ "Ufficiale l'arrivo in bianconero di Alessandro Gentile" (in Italian). 26 September 2019.
  16. ^ "Warriors sign free agent Devyn Marble to Exhibit 10 contract". Warriors Wire. Retrieved 4 August 2019.
  17. ^ "Bayern verpflichten den italienischen Guard Diego Flaccadori". (in German). FC Bayern Munich. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  18. ^ "Betinho regressa ao Benfica". (in Portuguese). S.L. Benfica. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  19. ^ "Дастин Хог - новичок мужской команды БК "Енисей"". (in Russian). BC Enisey. Retrieved 29 July 2019.
  20. ^ "Dolomiti Energia, a rafforzare il reparto lunghi arriva Nikola Jovanović". (in Italian). Aquila Basket Trento. Retrieved 29 July 2019.

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