Career: Iraklis (Greece-ESAKE, 2000-03), Cantù (Italy-Lega, 2003-04), Aris (Greece-ESAKE, 2004-05), Olympiakos (Greece-ESAKE, 2005-06). Selected in the second round of the 2003 NBA draft (#34) by the Los Angeles Clippers.
Baby Shaq is… back. And back for good. The second best rookie of the Euroleague after Barnagni had his best season in his career with Olympiakos. He transferred last summer from Aris to Olympiakos and worked very-very hard to regain a lost status of European phenom. Lost more than 50 pounds over last summer and became a good scorer and a good rebounder (10.7 pts and 4.9 rbds in 22 Euroleague games). He is unstoppable under the basket, maybe the strongest player in Europe, reminding people of… the real Shaq. A pure “miracle of nature”, at the age of 21 he seems ready to reach the unlimited potential NBA scouts saw in him a few years ago.
He seems to have erased all his past bad attitudes, is working very hard and will be almost for sure one of the 12 players selected for the World Championship in Japan. Now, the L.A.Clippers are following him closely and there is a good opportunity that in one or two seasons, he will play in the NBA. Then, he might face his… dream: Shaq!