Giampaolo Ricci (born September 27, 1991) is an Italian basketball professional player for Virtus Bologna of the Italian Lega Basket Serie A (LBA) as a power forward. He has also played for the Italian national team.
Ricci started playing for Basket Chieti, moving in 2009 to Stella Azzurra Roma and then to Assigeco Casalpusterlengo until 2015. In the season 2014/2015 he performed 11.2 ppg and 5.5 rpg in 26 games. In 2016 he moved to Scaligera Basket Verona scoring 6 points and 3.8 rebounds of average and winning the price “Scaligero d’oro” as the most appreciated player of the year for the Scaligera Basket Verona team. He then played in 2016/2017 38 games with Derthona Basket where he performed 9.5ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.7apg in average. Ricci contributed to his team ending the regular season as at the second position in the league. He reaches in 2017 the first Italian category (Serie A) LBA under the guidance of the Italian National team coach Romeo Sacchetti. Ricci won Italian Cup in 2019 with Guerino Vanoli Basket under the guidance of Coach Romeo Sacchetti.
Virtus Bologna (2019–2021)
On June 13, 2019, he has signed with Virtus Bologna of the Italian Lega Basket Serie A (LBA). In September 2020, he was appointed team captain of the club and he won the Italian Championship with Virtus Bologna under the guidance of Sasha Djordjevic. After having knocked out 3–0 both Basket Treviso in the quarterfinals and New Basket Brindisi in the semifinals, on 11 June 2021 Virtus defeated 4–0 its historic rival Olimpia Milan in the national finals, winning its 16th national title and the first one after twenty years.
Olimpia Milano (2021–present)
On July 6, 2021, Ricci signed for Olimpia Milano a 2 years contract.
Ricci played for the Italian national team between 2018 and 2020 on fourteen occasions.
Ricci is a player with great technical skills and court vision. He is renowned for his 3-point shots (307% shooting in seasons 2020–2021) and his defensive skills made him an appreciated player in the European panorama.