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14 - Tomas Ress


Tomas Ress was born in Salorno, Bolzano on August 22, 1980. His role on court is forward/center.

His basketball career begins on Virtus Bologna’s youth teams, with whom he wins the Allievi title in 1995. The Black V’s add him to the Kinder roster for the 1997/1998 season and they win both the Italian the Euroleague titles. A real opportunity for growth comes the following year when he moves to the United States. Ress first plays on a high school level with Hileah Champagnat Catholic (Miami) then wears the Texas A&M jersey from 1999-2003. He closes his senior season with an average of 5.8ppg.
Scavolini Pesaro brings him back to Italy in the summer of 2003 by signing him for two years. During his stay, Ress  reaches an Italian title semifinal (2003/2004) and makes his Euroleague debut (2004/2005), reaching the Top 16. The 2005/2006 sports year marks his return to Bologna, but this time to Fortitudo. With Climamio he wins the Italian Supercup, plays in the Italian Championship finals and makes a return to the Euroleague Top 16.
Tomas Ress played in the first nine championship and four Euroleague games with Fortitudo, before moving to Pallacanestro Reggiana in November 2006. He competed in 25 matches with Bipop Carire, averaging 7.6ppg and 5.6rpg He arrived in last season to wear Montepaschi jersey. This first season in green-and-white started off with an immediate victory in the 2007 Italian Supercup. The heights of Europe and Italy then followed, and the season culminated in a Final Four participation (third place), the National title victory and the Italian Supercup 2008. The following season is also rich in success. The team achieves an Italian grand slam by winning all three national trophies: Supercoppa Italiana, Coppa Italia and the National 2008/2009 National Title. The following season, he wins the Supercoppa, the Coppa Italia and the National Title for the club’s second Italian slam ever.  In October of 2010, the new season's first trophy arrives with the Supercoppa.
RESS AND THE NATIONALS – Tomas Ress has been one of the Italian circuits key players for some time now. He won the gold medal with Italy in the 2005 Mediteranean games. Not to mention participating in the 1998 European Junior Championship and being called by the Italian Under20 Nationals in the late 90’s. For family reasons, he was unable to participate in the 2007 European Championships.