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Andy Betts
Andy Betts
DOB11th May 1977
BirthplaceAshby, England
Height2.17 m (7' 1")
PositionCentre
ClubAris Thessaloniki, A1, Greece
Caps11
Home Nation Caps
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Player Biog

The towering seven-footer from Leicestershire has, arguably, had the best European career of any basketball player ever produced by this country.

Having taken up the sport at a relatively mature age, Betts was a late developer at Long Beach State University, where he spent one season after three years at junior college. It was the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament where Betts really stood out at the end of that season, however, when he was named to the All-Tournament Team at a camp designed for potential draft players to showcase their talents. That was enough for the Charlotte Hornets to choose him late in the second round, the 50th overall pick of the ’98 draft.

Betts's future would lie in Europe, however, and the 1998-99 season saw the centre suit up for leading Italian club Teamsystem Bologna, one of numerous legendary clubs where Betts would ply his trade on the continent over the next decade.

The following season saw him move to Pallacanestro Reggiana and, such was his growing reputation, that Real Madrid signed him at the end of the Italian season for him to play in the Spanish league play-offs where Betts helped the team with the Spanish title. The 2000-01 season saw Betts start his association with Greek basketball with a move to AEK Athens, where he would spend the next three seasons, helping the club to Greek league and national cup titles.

But, by 2003, Betts was on his way back to Spain where he would spend the next five seasons – two each with Tau Vitoria and Joventut Badalona and the 2007-08 campaign with Cajasol Sevilla. The highlights of his time in the ACB included winning the 2004 King’s Cup with Vitoria and the 2006 FIBA Euro Cup with Badalona.

That period also saw Betts, who had represented England teams throughout his career, resurrect his international career with the new GB programme.

Injury forced Betts out of the inaugural 2006 GB campaign but, by 2007, he was firmly on board and a key member of the squad, on and off the court, as the team qualified for, first, the A Division, and then the 2009 Eurobasket Finals.

By this stage of his career, injuries were a major problem for Betts who was forced to sit out the first half of the 2008-09 campaign before signing for Euroleague side Aris Thessaloniki in January 2009. It was no surprise that he made such an impact with the Greek club that they re-signed him for the 2009-10 campaign,

Chris Finch says: “I’ve often thought Andy could be the ‘poster child’ for GB Basketball. He’s ultra-committed, ultra-professional and has always given his all for the programme, even though he has been badly hampered by injuries and other personal circumstances. He had an outstanding 2009 for us given the fact he had so many injury problems.”

 
Date Opposition Mins 2PT FG 3PT FG FT Reb PF Pts
19/08/2009
Spain Men
21



7
3
3
20/08/2009
Lithuania Men
21



8
4
12
21/08/2009
Slovenia Men
26



6
3
11
26/08/2009
Latvia Men
32



5
4
16
28/08/2009
Macedonia Men







07/09/2009
Slovenia Men
23




3
9
08/09/2009
Spain Men







09/09/2009
Serbia Men
16





1
Total Played 8 139
0
0
0
26
17
52
Averages
17.38
0
0
0
3.25
2.13
6.5
Competition Team Played Mins 2PT FG 3PT FG FT Reb PF Pts
2009 - Efes Pilsner World Cup
Great Britain Men
2
32



5
4
16
2009 - FIBA EuroBasket 2009
Great Britain Men
3
39




3
10
2009 - Seville Tournament
Great Britain Men
3
68



21
10
26
2009 Total

8
139



26
17
52
2009 averages


17.38
0
0
0
3.25
2.13
6.5
2008 - FIBA EuroBasket 2009 Qualifying
Great Britain Men
3
26



10
3
16
2008 Total

3
26



10
3
16
2008 averages


8.67
0
0
0
3.33
1
5.33
Total - Efes Pilsner World Cup

2
32



5
4
16
Total - FIBA EuroBasket 2011 Qualifiers

6
65



10
6
26
Total - Seville Tournament

3
68



21
10
26
Total

11
165
0
0
0
36
20
68
Averages


15
0
0
0
3.27
1.82
6.18
A plus sign (+) in the played column denotes substitute appearance
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