Panathinaikos BC announces the signing of Aleksander Balcerowski (23, 2.15 meters) on a two years contract.
Balcerowski is a basketball player, born on November 19, 2000 in Swidnica, Poland. He last played for Crvena zvezda mts of the Euroleague and the Adriatic League.
He joined Gran Canaria’s youth system in 2015 at the age of 14. On December 3, 2017, Balcerowski became the youngest Gran Canaria player to make his first-team debut; he was 17 years and 14 days old. He made his EuroCup debut against Tofas Bursa three days later.
At the end of the 2020–21 EuroCup Basketball competition, Balcerowski was awarded the EuroCup Basketball Rising Star. He made 65.6 percent of his two-point shots, averaging 6.5 points and 3.7 rebounds in 15 EuroCup games.
In 2020, when playing for Gran Canaria he recorded a career-high 10 rebounds in a game against CB Zamora and a career-best 26 points against CB Villarrobledo.
Following the 2020–21 season, Balcerowski declared for the 2021 NBA draft. In July 2021, he was loaned to Mega Basket of the ABA League for the 2021–22 season.
Balcerowski helped Gran Canaria to win the 2022-23 EuroCup title by averaging 8.8 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.0 blocks for an average PIR of 10.8 in 21 appearances this season, despite playing fewer than 17 minutes per game. He ranked third in the competition in two-point accuracy at 72.9% and also knocked down 40.9% of his three-pointers. Balcerowski was the only player in the EuroCup averaging at least 1 three-point attempt per game to shoot better than 64.0% on twos and 40.0% on threes this season. He was named 2022-23 EuroCup Rising Star.
Balcerowski was a member of the Poland national team that finished eighth at the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup. He was the youngest player at the tournament. In over eight tournament games, he averaged 2.5 points and 1.9 rebounds per game. He played at the 2022 European Championship with Poland National Team averaged 10.3 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.1 assist per game.