COLLEGE: NO COLLEGE- CURRENTLY PLAYING IN GREECE
WEIGHT: 240 POUNDS
AGE: 18 YEARS OLD
CLASS: NO CLASS (INTERNATIONAL PLAYER) Playing for Panathinaikos
2015-2016 STATISTICS: 6.4pts, 3.6reb
PROJECTED DRAFT POSITION: MIDDLE TO LATE SECOND ROUND
PLAYER SUMMARY: Papagiannis is currently playing in Greece. As is the case with young players who are in an international basketball league, playing time is usually hard to come by. International teams favor the older players while youngsters who might be more talented receive sparse minutes. He only averages 11.4 minutes played per game so it is hard to get a true 100% evaluation of him. We evaluated the 18-year old by watching game film.
Papagiannis played high school basketball in America before turning professional. He attended Westtown High School in Pennsylvania and seriously considered attending college. He had over 20 scholarship offers, however he chose the money and that is how he wound up playing in the Greece.
The first thing that stood out for us while analyzing Papagiannis’ game was his size. He is a legit 7’1″ while weighing around 240 pounds. At only 18-years old he may still grow another inch or two. His size alone would put him on NBA scouts radar. However, the center has some nice skills to work with. He surprised us with his mobility.
We saw on film a nice jump-hook. This is a move in our opinion that can be a really good weapon in his offensive arsenal for the future. It is virtually unstoppable because of his size. He repeatedly hit the 12-15 jump-shot, while displaying nice shooting form. This impressed us. His jump-hook and mid-range jump-shot are 2 moves that will translate to the NBA level.
While we previously mentioned that their isn’t much game footage of him we did see him rebound effectively. He is known to be a very good rebounder on both ends of the court. He is reportedly also an above-average shot-blocker. He is a 70% free-throw shooter, which is a good indicator of his shooting mechanics.
Papagiannis needs to improve his conditioning. He repeatedly was a step behind his opposition getting down the court. While he is a very large player for an 18-year old this will be a major problem at the NBA level when guarding superior athletes. We saw him get pushed around by smaller players. He will need to get on a very strict and regimented strength and conditioning program. This will help him in a variety of ways. He won’t get pushed around and his conditioning will improve.
Georgios Papagiannis is an intriguing prospect. He is only 18-years old. If he was playing college basketball he would be a freshmen or sophomore. Playing in a professional league against grown men will help him down the road as he knows what it will take to become successful. A factor that may go against him is that the NBA is moving away towards the big, plodding centers and moving towards more of an open court type of game. However, you can’t teach height, which he has. He also shows 2 offensive moves that can be successful at the NBA level.
As previously stated Papagiannis must get stronger and more mobile. He has the talent to play in the NBA. However, in our opinion it shouldn’t be for at least 2-3 more years. His best bet would be to get selected in the second round, which is where the majority of analysts have him being selected at. The NBA team that he is chosen by should let him stay overseas for at least 2 years so he can continue to work on his game since we believe he is not ready to play in the NBA right now. In 2-3 years Papagiannis might be a pleasant surprise. He has measurables that can’t be taught.
BELOW ARE HIGHLIGHTS OF GEORGIOS PAPAGIANNIS
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