Height: 6'7", 2m
Weight: 212 lbs, 96.2 kg
Birthday: September 21, 1982
Status: Plays for AEK
"An early entry candidate for the 2003 NBA Draft. Originally applied for
early entry into the 2002 NBA Draft, but withdrew his name from
consideration Made his debut in the Greek League during the 1999-2000
season with Near East and also played there in the 2000-01 season. He
switched to AEK for the 2001-02 season and also played there this season.
Career Notes:...was a member of the gold-medal-winning at the European
Under-20 Championships. Played in the Greek All-Star Game as a member of
Near East in 2000-01.
(2002-03): Established himself as a key reserve for AEK, playing 21
minutes per game. Contributed 7.3 points, 3.9 rebounds and one assist per
game. Had season-best 22 points and 11 rebounds vs. Olympiakos. In
Euroleague play, saw minutes cut to 17 per game, and averaged 4.1 points
and 2.3 rebounds. Tallied 13 points and four rebounds vs. Cibona and
contributed 11 points and five rebounds vs. Skipper Bologna.
(2001-02): Was a deep reserve as AEK won the Greek League championship.
Played only about nine minutes per game in 18 games, averaging 3.2 points.
In Euroleague play, highlight was 12-point outing vs. Partizan.
(2000-01): Quickly became a key performer for Near East, averaging 11.0
points in only 22 minutes per game. Also contributed 3.5 rebounds per
game. Caught the attention of league power AEK, which signed him for the
(1999-00): Got into six games at the end of the season for Near East in
top Greek League.
Strengths: Known in the Greek League for his above-the-rim play. He
carries a reputation for playing hard and with lots of energy".
From NBADraft.Net, by Dimitris Armadoros:
"Christos Tapoutos is a slashing left-handed small forward with an all
around game. Tapoutos has been considered one of the Top European
prospects of his age group for a number of years. A very talented athlete
with great leaping ability. He runs the court well, and heís more of a
scorer than shooter. He attacks the basket. He wonít face problems with
the pace of NBA games. A good offensive rebounder with very long arms
which enable him to block shots. He easily posts up against smaller
forwards. He is marvelous in the fast breaks, he usually ends them up
Weaknesses: Weak defensively, but shows willingness to defend. Needs work
in the weightroom, otherwise he will be physically overmatched on defense.
Needs to pass more. You canít rely on his 3p. shots, although he showed
improvement. His jump shoot needs polish. His lack of a great jumpshot
hurts him the most because this is usually an area where Europeans gain
ground on more athletic American guys."
Height: 6'1", 183cm
Weight: 164lbs, 74kg
Birthday: January 20, 1982
Position: PG, SG
Status: plays for PAOK
From Matt Blair for HH:
It's difficult to get a handle on Markopoulos. After winning MVP in the
tournament (almost single handedly destroying the US team), there was
great speculation that Markopoulos would go to the University of North
Carolina. UNC fans were clamoring to get all available information about
the youngster, as were other DI fans. He stayed in Greece, joining PAOK.
His peers from the AS tournament have gone on to the NBA (Boris Diaw,
Eddie Griffen, and Zoran Panicic) even though Markopoulos was named to
higher positions in the tournament's All-Star team. His strong showing at
the U18 tournament intensified speculation and rumors. Unfortunately, a
debilitating injury took him off the court for nearly a year. He has yet
to fully recover from that, and has been nowhere near his past form.
Whether or not he can recover and where he will go
from PAOK remains to be seen.
Weight: 280lbs, 128kgs
Birthday: August 21, 1981
Status: Plays for Peristeri, drafted by Detroit
"Originally declared early for the
2002 draft before withdrawing his name from consideration. Spent the
2002-03 season with Peristeri after playing with Panathinaikos Athens from
1997-98 through 2000-01, where he was a former teammate of Antonis Fotsis,
drafted last season by the Memphis Grizzlies...[Was on a] team [that went] to four Greek
League championships. Second international 7-footer drafted by the Pistons
in this draft after Darko Milicic, the No. 2 pick."
Tony Ronzone, Pistons scout from an interview:
"Hey, this kid [Glyniadakis] can play, he'll bang you and push on you.
He kind of reminds you of Jason Collins a little bit. We kind of tucked
him away. If he were in the draft next year he'd be a first-rounder."
lbs, 142.5 kg
June 22, 1985
for Iraklis, drafted by LA Clippers
ESPN.COM, by Chad Ford:
"Greece's "Baby Shaq",
Sofaklis Schortsanitis, is begging to impress a few folks in workouts. The
good news is that "Baby Shaq" is measuring in at 6-foot-10 with shoes
(6-8ĺ without) and a 7-2 wingspan. That official measurement in Memphis
should be enough to quell all the naysayers who claimed he was much
shorter. The bad news is that his weight, 314 pounds in Memphis, is
raising a few eyebrows. While teams that have seen him claim it appears to
be mostly muscle (wow!), they still wonder if he'll have weight issues
down the road." - June, 2003
Schortsanitis is a Greek native who has drawn plenty of attention in this
draft for his 6-9, 255-pound frame. His physique has earned him the
nickname "Baby Shaq." The 17-year-old averaged 11.0 points and 6.2
rebounds last season with Iraklis in the Greek league and shot 58 percent
from the floor. Like Shaquille O'Neal, Schortsanitis shot 52 percent from
the free-throw line as well. In Greece, his coach prohibited him from
shooting outside jumpers although he reportedly possesses a decent shot.
Schortsanitis' size became an issue since original reports had him listed
as closer to a true center at 6-11. Schortsanitis' mother is 6-3 and he
has a brother who is 16 years old who is supposedly 6-6, 250 pounds.
ANALYSIS: Smart, aggressive and tough, Schortsanitis is an emerging
talent. He's got some moves in the paint, shoots a jump hook and can also
step out to about 18 feet. Schortsanitis is a hard worker who will only
get better. The only knock on him right now is inexperience.he's just 18
POSITIVES: Just the size of Schortsanitis' neck gives you an idea about
what the rest of his body looks like - and it is huge. For a kid who is
just in his teens, that is impressive. Schortsanitis' strength is what
allowed him to excel in one of the best leagues in the world so early on.
Last season, his field-goal percentage and offensive rebounding totals
were among the highest recorded in Greece. Given that Schortsanitis has a
proven track record of quality production overseas - something many of
this year's international prospects lack - it is a safe bet that he will
not be a major bust in the NBA like a number of touted Europeans of the
NEGATIVES: Schortsanitis largely plays the game off of his physical
talents, not knowhow [knowledge]. He makes errors on a regular basis due to his
immaturity and will need a few years of schooling to tap into his
potential. The other big knock on Schortsanitis is his height. Although he
was listed as tall as 7 feet in Greece, he is actually just 6-8 1/2
without shoes. That cannot be categorized as undersized, but it certainly
takes away from his intrigue."
27 2.06/6-8 PF Valencia:
Height: 6'8", 2.04cm
Position: SF, PF
Status: plays for Pamesa in Spanish ABC, impressed
NBA scouts at Boston summer camp
Ikonomopoulos for HH:
years ago, nobody, not even the Greeks, had heard about a 22-year-old
Power Forward whose playing abilities where too spectacular for the Greek
second division. AEK was the first team to acknowledge Dikoudis'
qualities. 3 years later, in 2002, the franchise was rewarded by winning
the Greek Championship,that it had not won for decades. Dikoudis lead the
the team averaging 16.5 pts and 7.7 rebounds per game. As a
consequence, he won the ESAKE MVP award, succeeding Dejan Bodiroga as well
as Peja Stojakovic and Dino Radja. At that time, Dusko Ivanovic, perhaps
the most demanding coach in Europe,wanted to add him to his team at any
cost, declaring he was the best PF playing in Europe.
Dikoudis played in the Boston summer league after winning the championship
but had an injury that kept him out for about 3 months. It was the
consequence of a year played under constant pressure at the highest level,
as nobody in AEK could replace him under the boards. Two years have passed
since that time and the NBA remains for Dimos a goal to achieve. But
that's where he (probably) wants to be. And where he undoubtedly belongs.
Representing a new generation of basketball players, Dikoudis is a modern
PF. In other words,he is a very versatile player. He has a wonderful
technique, a nice shooting touch, even from beyond the arc, and he's
strong in both offense and defense. His positioning is nice, and adding
some weight should help him to occupy more space in the paint. Moreover,
he is aggressive and has on several occasions the opportunity to lead his
team to victory, as he is relatively good in the clutch.
Dikoudis actually plays for Pamesa Valencia, a team which has the best
front line in Europe (Tomasevic, Oberto). So he has to play many times in
the Small Forward position. That means out of position. And that is the
main reason why his numbers and his playing time are low for a player his
worth. He's averaging about 12 points and 4.5 rebounds in the Euroleague.
translated by Matt Blair:
achieved all the expectations that have been have been raised since his
days with his junior team. Right now, he is one of the best in his
position on the entire continent. He has great presence and strength in
the zone with a great capacity for hard, quality work. He has gotten
better every year with his attack and has cemented his [offensive and
Height: 6'11", 2.11cm
Weight: 219lbs, 99.3kgs
Birthday: April 1, 1981
Status: Played for Memphis, released,
plays for Real Madrid
NBADraft.Net, by Christian Biagini:
"Selected by the
Grizzlies in the second round (48th pick overall) of the 2001 NBA Draft. He
has all the skills to be a star anywhere, but he hasnít shown the necessary
maturity or consistency over the last few seasons. He played poorly in the
NBA last year and it probably made him realize that he must be more focused.
The result is heís playing the best basketball of his career with his former
team, where he is the most utilized player in the platoon system of coach
Obradovic. He has every skill you want from a wing player. He has size, he
has talent, he understands the game, he can go 1on1 in the low post or he
can step out and put the ball on the floor or shoot the 3. All-around player
who needs only to be more determined to be one of the top players in Europe,
or play in the NBA. His upside is scary! But he MUST become more
Ikonomopoulos for HH:
In 2000, Zeljko Obradovic designed Antonis Fotsis as being the greatest
European prospect. Later, the 19-year-old Fotsis had
offered Panathinaikos its second Euroleague title, coming off the bench
and scoring 9 crucial points. The great European coach seemed to be
doubtful nonetheless. As a matter of fact, he knew better than anyone
that, although his young player was gifted with an incredible talent, his
work ethic was not brilliant at all...
After one more year spent in PAO (Panathinaikos), averaging 10.5 pts
and leading his franchise to a second Euroleague final in a row, as a
major option this time, Fotsis decided that it was time to begin his
NBA career. However, he was unlucky.
His bad luck started in the draft. He was selected by the Grizzlies
in the second round(48th pick overall), while less-known European
players, like Vladimir Radmanovic (11th pick overall), were picked much
higher. Dejan Bodiroga, the Serb superstar himself, when he was called to
compare his compatriot with Fotsis, answered without thinking that the Greek was a player of much greater quality.
Moreover, Fotsis was selected by a team that knew a transition
period and had many rookies in its roster. And unfortunately, Fotsis was
not given many chances. He only participated in 28 games, averaging 11.5
minutes, 3.9 pts and 2.2 rebs. In fact, his main problem was he had not
a clear position at that time. In the NBA, he was actually too "soft"
to play at the PF position and too slow to play as a
SF. Consequently, not only he didn't have the opportunity to show his real
the Grizzlies didn't extend his one year contract.
Following this unpleasant experience, Fotsis signed a
with his former team, Panathinaikos. Averaging 14.5 pts and 5.8 rebs in
the Euroleague, he was voted as the best under-22 player in Europe. At
the same time, his relation with Zeljko Obradovic was growing worse day
after day. So "Tony" accepted the offer of Real Madrid, the legendary
Spanish franchise, and moved to Spain. He's actually playing
there, averaging 13.5 pts and 6.5 rebs in the ACB league (Spain), considered to
the best in Europe.
Even if he has not reached the level of play he could according
to his skills, Fotsis remains an excellent all-around player. He can
run the floor very well for a player who is nearly a seven footer, and
he is among the 2-3 best shooting PFs in Europe. His shooting ability
beyond the arc is unbelievable indeed (he has a 45% percentage from
downtown). He still needs to improve his positioning without the
ball, although he is a relatively good rebounder.
His greater weakness remains the lack of aggressiveness, a specially on
defense, but his play becomes more and more mature.
In spite of the fact he was considered at the very beginning of his
career as a greater prospect than actual NBA stars like Gasol and
Radmanovic, Fotsis had not the evolution many basketball experts
expected, probably due to a poor work ethic. Which is also undoubtedly one of
the main reasons why his recent impact in the NBA wasn't the one of a
player his talent. And yet it all started so well...
But wait a
minute! Fotsis is only 22 years old yet and, to my mind, one thing is
sure--he'll be back...
From Thanassis Gousgounis for HH:
Kostas plays for PAOK Salonica
and the staff there expects him to become their new big leader. He is given
jersey number 7 which is the same number the former PAOK legend Bane
Preljevic (who now is the coach of the team) had.
Kostas Vasiliadis is one of the
best shooters in the Greek league and so far has a
career high of 7/7 three pointers. He has a good all around game and is a
solid defender. His three point shooting is clearly his strongest side
though. He still has a lot of untapped potential and his development the
following years will be crucial on how good he can become. Will most likely
become a member of the Greek NT pretty soon but probably wonít be in the
Height: 6'11", 2.11cm
From Thanassis Gousgounis for HH:
Dusan Sakota is one of the best
prospects in Europe at his age. Son of a b-ball
coach. Dusan was born in Yugoslavia but moved with his family to Greece at a
very young age and plays for the Greek Junior NT. Dusan is tall, has a great
wingspan (7-2) and is a deadly shooter. His family are good friends with
Peja Stojakovic and Dusan has spent a lot of summers training with Peja
whenever he is in Greece. Doesnít appear to be finished growing.