International prospects can be a huge draw in any sport, and the college basketball world could be on the verge of landing a huge one. In a report by Luke Winn of SI.com, Greek center Georgios Papagiannis is considering coming to the United States to play college hoops.
Standing seven feet tall and weighing 260 pounds, Papagiannis played one year of high school basketball in the U.S. before going back home to play professionally for Greek powerhouse team Panathinaikos, former team of current NBAer Nikola Pekovic, current Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott and Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins. After only appearing in 11 games for the team last season, he now hopes to come back to America to play on the collegiate level.
At this point, Papagiannis is considering N.C. State, St. John’s, Kentucky and Oregon. At this point, Oregon looks like the favorite to land him given that the Greek national team, like the Ducks, is sponsored by Nike. Moreover, the team desperately needs frontcourt help.
Nothing is official yet and Papagiannis has yet to make a decision as to whether or not he will even come back to the U.S., but he would definitely be an impact addition of the Class of 2015 were he cleared to play.
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