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Konstantinos "Kostas" Papanikolaou

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Konstantinos "Kostas" Papanikolaou

This guy has been the MVP of the European Under-20 Championship even though he is only in the 1990 generation. He helped Greece finish second in the world at the Under-19 World Championship. He has just been called to the tryouts for the senior Greek national team at the age of just 19! He's only 19 years old and the number 4 ranked team in the world called him to tryout for the senior team..................

6-8 225 left handed small forward

He reminds me a little bit of an Andres Nocioni type of player. Several scouts said that they thought he was the most talented 1990 birth year player at the Reebok Euro Camp.

He plays with Aris Thessaloniki, one of the most historic Euroleague teams and the third most historic club in the Greek League. He's just 19 and an important Euroleague club has him as their backup small forward already (almost unheard of normally).

Some clips of him from Greece versus Belgium at the European Under-20 Championship

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UVZRW61c9Q&fmtl=35

And yet I do not see his name anywhere on the 2010 or even 2011 mock drafts. Is there a reason for this?


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people are slacking nowadays

people are slacking nowadays when it comes to scouting Euro players

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Papanikolau versus Croatia

Papanikolau versus Croatia at the European Under-20 Championship.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYTFxSg09jQ

Papanikolau versus Team USA at the Under-19 World Championship.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epOsbLkQcOY&fmtl=35

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Papanikolau was one of the top young guys in Treviso this year and has a nice future. But he's got thick legs, slow feet and not a bigtime athlete, just good.

He's a guy who needs more time. Not a first round talent at 18 - 20 years of age. I liked him better than Borko did in Treviso but he might have more potential for Europe than NBA. Not saying he can't play NBA, just lacks the foot speed to be a star. Developing into a top notch shooter would give him a chance.

Thanks for the post!
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So you base the mocks on

So you base the mocks on things like Treviso and not the international tournaments?

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Why?

I kind of wonder why there are so few Greek players associated with the NBA. I think we have Kosta Koufos, who is pretty much American, but other than that there are like no Greek players on rosters. I am just surprised, as Greece does very well in international competition and beat the US in 2006 with a roster featuring 0 guys who were playing in the NBA. Greek leagues are super competitive and elite I know, but many of the better players there seem to be brought in from other countries, but nonetheless, with as strongly as Greece seems to do in International basketball, it is a wonder to me there aren't more Greek NBA players. I know International ball is different, but it just blows my mind that a country with so few NBA players on their roster beat the US in 2006. Just makes you wonder.

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Greece has actually much

Greece has actually much more depth of good players than Spain does for example. But indeed it is totally off the map to the world of NBA. I don't know why but I think it has a lot to do with Spanoulis. I mean I know Greeks love players like Diamantidis and Papaloukas, but Spanoulis is on another level.

To me I see this guy time and time again embarrass players like Calderon, Navarro, Fernadez, even he is at times the best player on the floor against Team USA in 2006 and 2008. I remember how the Team USA coaches in 2008 were saying he would be top 1-3 point guard in NBA if he had the proper mind set. Sadly, I think Spanoulis actions in the NBA have turned the NBA off the Greek players.

Surely there are many Greek League players right now that can play in the NBA. It's really strange I agree when other countries, like ALL their good players are in NBA while Greece which has even players far superior to a lot of these foreign players in NBA has none.

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Basing mocks on Treviso/International Competitions

>So you base the mocks on things like Treviso and not the international tournaments?


Why does that seem like a loaded question?

Yes. Of course. Treviso is a great place to see players perform in different scenarios such as game play, drills and how they respond to coaching. Obviously seeing them play with their teams is important too, but this is a good barometer playing against players their own age and in a "controlled" environment.

What's funny is that you seem to be implying that international competitions should hold more weight. Maybe they should. But international competitions are actually often misleading. Patty Mills?

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NBA draft picks are becoming

>Why does that seem like a loaded question?

Yes. Of course. Treviso is a great place to see players perform in different scenarios such as game play, drills and how they respond to coaching. Obviously seeing them play with their teams is important too, but this is a good barometer playing against players their own age and in a "controlled" environment.

What's funny is that you seem to be implying that international competitions should hold more weight. Maybe they should. But international competitions are actually often misleading. Patty Mills?

NBA draft picks are becoming busts all the time. This is why.

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anything on tomas satoransky

anything on tomas satoransky Aran?

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He's a great kid who gained a lot of confidence as Treviso went on this year. Good athlete, not great. Not sure he can leave early and expect to be anything more than a 2nd rounder. He's got a ways to go. A guy for 2012 I think.
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he is pretty athletic ,i saw

he is pretty athletic ,i saw him in a dunk contest , and by some scouting reports ive read he looks like he CAN be a top 5 pick in the future

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