15 Year Old 7'1" Georgios Papagiannis To Play High School Basketball In New Jersey
As I already explained here, since NBA teams refuse to draft players from Greece, the Greek prospects are heading now to play in the USA so that they can actually have a chance to be drafted.
Anyway, this continues now supposedly with the case of 15 year old Greek center Georgios Papagiannis, who is a member of the Greek club Peristeri.
Papagiannis is according to reports, going to play high school basketball in the USA in New Jersey, then play in the NCAA (probably for one year before he can get drafted into the NBA).
Anyway, here is some new footage of Papagiannis. Here he is as a 15 year old I believe playing against the 17-18 age group. So like a high school sophmore playing against the high school seniors and college freshman age group, if that makes sense.
Anyway, here is a clip of one of the games:
15 points, 18 rebounds, 10 blocks (he is #15 in yellow)
BTW, Papagiannis is now said to be 7'1" tall.
Are we sure David Stern is letting him in the US? Isn't there some sort of racism issue with Greek basketball players?
....these posts are so great. Whenever a Greek name pops up on the Forum Front Page - I can't wait to open it and read the nonsense that comes out of European Baller, thanks buddy - keep it real.
Sorry dude. Just because he will be living in the usa that doesnt change the fact that he is still from Greece. How dumb do you think David Stern is? He will see right through this and make sure this kid is never drafted.
European Baller, you clearly know a lot about European basketball, which I admire...but can you explain to a fellow European why or how Americans/NBA/David Stern are racist towards Greeks? Is there any reason for this behaviour towards Greeks?
If you don't mind me asking, where do you live European Baller ? I'm just curious since you know a lot about Euro ball.
paid to play professionally in Greece, he won't be allowed to play in either a US high school or the NCAA.
how old is he?
Read the article again
you do realize height doesnt mean very much, that 7 foot 5 inch guy from senegal who played high school basketball in the US is going to UC irvine
How many 15 years that are 7"1 with a 7'6" wingspan that are mobile, agile, can run up and down the floor, and have good agility, body control, dexterity, etc. do you know of?
Give me a list of them all from around the world.
Mamadou Ndiaye, he is 7-5 and moves well for his size, 15 is way too young to say someone is a one and done player. the greek guy also is way taller than all the other players, remember when derrick charactor was suppose to be the next shaq, a lot can change. wait till he goes against people that are at the same stage of body development as him,
First there was too African to play defense on Lebron ..now it's too Greek to make it to the nba
Just because you play in the pro level in Greece does not mean the team has to pay you. Under Greek law the players do NOT get paid until the reach age 18. Up until age 18, they only get their expenses, education, living paid for.
Similar to someone in AAU or NCAA basically. His amateur status for NCAA is 100% intact. Paris Maragkos played for Panathinaikos, one of, if not the biggest European basketball club. He is now playing with George Mason, with his amateur status intact.
It is NOTHING like the Enes Kanter situation.
when I said how old was he I was completely joking btw lol
I was just trying to get on euro baller nerves
The same school that Luol Deng and Charlie Villanueva went to, among others. As much as it may be another part of the vast conspiracy against Greece, this seems like an interesting move. Most recruiting websites do not rank prospects that do not play high school domestically (ie. in the US), so it will be cool to see where Papagiannis ranks once (or if) he comes over next year.
Also do believe European Baller when he says this situation is not similar to Kanter, he may not have gotten paid just yet. Thinking he will either be 2015 or 2016 with his being born in July 1997. Am always intrigued by big men and definitely like it when a new talent gets thrown into the HS rankings. He definitely seems like a player to keep an eye on and should be a very intriguing recruit.
I always enjoy EuroBaller's posts for the wrong reasons, David Stern being anti-Greek is one of the funniest ever though.