Manchester Giants have completed the signing of Geno Artison, an experienced 6’9″ American stretch forward from Seattle, who joins following a season with BK Kaspiy Aktau in Kazakhstan.
He is known as a smooth left-handed scorer and athletic rim protector, bringing great flexibility to the Giants’ frontcourt.
Now in his third professional season, Artison was an All-Kazakhstan League Honourable Mention in 2020-21 after averaging 14 points and seven rebounds per game, shooting 34% from three-point range. He had six double-doubles and a season-high of 25 points, including five made three-pointers, as he helped Kaspiy bounce back to make the Play-Offs for the first time in three seasons.
The 25-year-old also has previous professional experience in Luxembourg, with BC Mess, where he put up 23 points, 10 boards, and 2 assists per outing in 2019-20.
Artison was a three-star recruit and a top 50 prospect in the state of Washington coming out of High School but had the early stages of a promising college career curtailed by a serious injury. Despite that, he completed two seasons playing at Tulsa in the formidable American Athletic Conference (AAC), featuring in 47 games as the Golden Hurricanes won 63% of their contests in his junior year and reached the Conference Tournament quarter-finals, with a season-best performance of 10 points and four rebounds in a victory over East Carolina.
“I am looking forward to meeting Geno and how he fits into the coaches’ style,” said Giants owner Jamie Edwards. “His basketball speaks for itself. I think the fans will really enjoy watching him and getting to know who he is off the court also.”
In 2017 he was nominated for the Allstate NABC Good Works Team – which recognises players whose charitable involvement and altruistic acts stand out – for his contribution in the areas of community service and leadership, after working with numerous charities and schools throughout the year.
Transferring as a senior, he moved to the University of Science and Arts in Oklahoma (USAO), playing at the NAIA level, and there had a breakout campaign.
He led the team to the NAIA National Tournament Elite 8, averaging 14 points and 9 rebounds on the season, leading to an NAIA All-American Honourable Mention. He went on a double-double spree to end his college career, with double-figure points and rebounds in seven of his last eleven games as USAO made a tournament run in which he averaged 18 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 blocks per game; eventually falling in an overtime quarter-final despite Artison putting up 19 points and 9 boards.
“I’m very excited to continue my professional career with the Manchester Giants,” said Artison. “I’m ready to show the fans and the people in the city a new culture coming to the programme. I’m ready to arrive and get to work with all the guys.’’