Panagiotis Vasilopoulos

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Panagiotis Vasilopoulos
Panagiotis Vasilopoulos (cropped).jpg
Vasilopoulos, as a member of Olympiacos, in 2009.
No. 21 – Peristeri
Position Small forward / Power forward
League Greek League
Personal information
Born (1984-02-08) February 8, 1984 (age 34)
Maroussi, Athens, Greece
Nationality Greek
Listed height 6 ft 8.75 in (2.05 m)
Listed weight 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2006 / Undrafted
Playing career 2001–present
Career history
2001–2005 PAOK
2005–2012 Olympiacos
2013–2014 Valladolid
2015 Nea Kifissia
2015–2016 Koroivos
2016–2017 Kolossos Rodou
2017–2018 Aris Thessaloniki
2018 AEK Athens
2018–present Peristeri
Career highlights and awards

Panagiotis Vasilopoulos (alternate spellings: Panayiotis, Vassilopoulos) (Greek: Παναγιώτης "Πάνος" Βασιλόπουλος; born February 8, 1984) is a Greek professional basketball player for Peristeri of the Greek Basket League. He is 2.05 m (6'8 ​34") tall.[1] He plays at both the small forward and power forward positions.

Early years

Vasilopoulos was born in Maroussi, Athens, and grew up at his hometown of Ano Samiko Elis. He started to play basketball with the youth clubs of Ifitos Pyrgou. Later, he transferred to the youth clubs of Iraklis Pyrgou.[2]

Professional career

PAOK

Vasilopoulos began his pro career in 2001, with PAOK of the Greek League. He played with PAOK for four seasons from, 2001 to 2005. In the 2005 off season, he left PAOK, and joined Olympiacos Piraeus.

Olympiacos

Vasilopoulos was brought to Olympiacos in 2005, by George Garbolas, on a two-year contract. Garbolas believed in his abilities, and that he could help the team to win championships. On May 20, 2008, he extended his contract with Olympiacos for another 4 years, at a salary of 6 million euros net income.[3] With Olympiacos, he won the EuroLeague and Greek League championships in 2012.

Injury plagued seasons

On February 8, 2012, Vasilopoulos suffered a season-ending leg injury, just after he had returned from a previous back surgery.[4] He was released by Olympiacos. Vasilopoulos then signed with the Spanish League club Valladolid, in September 2013.[5] He was released by Valladolid in December 2013, after suffering a knee injury.[6]

Comeback from injuries

After being released by Valladolid in December 2013, Vasilopoulos then signed with the amateur level Greek club Ermis Piraeus, in April 2014. He then returned to play professionally again, in the Greek top-tier level GBL, with Nea Kifissia.[7] Vasilopoulos then moved to the Greek club Koroivos, for the 2015–16 season.

Vasilopoulos next moved to the Greek club Kolossos Rodou, for the 2016–17 season.[8] On July 26, 2017, Vasilopoulos signed with the Greek club Aris Thessaloniki, playing with them in the Basketball Champions League 2017–18 season.[9]

AEK Athens

On January 19, 2018, Vasilopoulos moved to AEK Athens, for the rest of the season.[10] With AEK, he won the 2018 Final of the Greek Cup.

Peristeri

On July 27, 2018, he signed a 2-year contract with Peristeri of the Greek Basket League, where he eventually became the team captain.

National team career

Greek junior national team

Vasilopoulos played with Greek national junior teams at the 2004 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship, and also at the 2005 FIBA Under-21 World Cup. With the Greek junior national teams, he also won the bronze medal at both the 2002 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship, and at the 2003 FIBA Under-19 World Cup.

Greek senior national team

Vasilopoulos was a member of the senior men's Greek national basketball team that won the gold medal at the EuroBasket 2005, and the silver medal at the 2006 FIBA World Championship. He also competed with Greece at the EuroBasket 2007, the 2008 Summer Olympics, and the 2019 FIBA World Cup qualification.[11]

Player profile

Early in his career, Vasilopoulos was compared to the long-time Olympiacos player Georgios Sigalas. He is a player that can play either the small forward or power forward positions, in both offense and defense. He can play in the post on offense, and can also pass well, and has 3 point range on his jump shot. In his playing prime, he was an excellent athlete, and was considered to be one of the best and most tenacious defensive players in Europe.

Career statistics

Domestic Leagues

Regular season

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high     Led the league

Note: Only games in the primary domestic competitions are included. Therefore, games in cup or European competitions are left out.

Year Team League GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2017–18 Aris GBL 12 28.0 .400 .356 .733 5.8 1.8 1.2 .7 7.8
2017–18 A.E.K. GBL 11 16.1 .333 .250 .857 2.8 .9 .5 .4 3.6

FIBA Champions League

[12] [13]

Denotes seasons in which Panagiotis Vasilopoulos won the FIBA Champions League
Year Team GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2017–18 Aris 11 27.4 .469 .520 .643 5.4 2.5 .7 1.0 8.9
2017–18 A.E.K. 9 11.5 .421 .417 .750 3.0 .7 .4 .7 3.0

References

  1. ^ ESAKE.gr ΒΑΣΙΛΟΠΟΥΛΟΣ Παναγιώτης HEIGHT 2.05 (in Greek).
  2. ^ gazzetta.gr Επίσημα στην ΑΕΚ ο Βασιλόπουλος! (in Greek)
  3. ^ Sportdog.gr, Sportdog: Vassilopoulos red for ever![permanent dead link], accessed May 20, 2008.
  4. ^ "Reds lose Vasilopoulos for the season". EuroLeague. Retrieved 31 August 2012.
  5. ^ ACB.com Panagiotis Vasilopoulos, refuerzo de Euroliga para el CB Valladolid. (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Sportando.net Panagiotis Vasilopoulos leaves CB Valladolid, nears end of his career?
  7. ^ Talkbasket.net Panagiotis Vassilopoulos beats serious injuries and returns to action after several years.
  8. ^ Kolossos signed Panagiotis Vasilopoulos.
  9. ^ ARIS TABS PANAGIOTIS VASSILOPOULOS.
  10. ^ Υπέγραψε ο Βασιλόπουλος (in Greek)
  11. ^ Greece announce preliminary player list for games against Great Britain and Israel.
  12. ^ http://www.championsleague.basketball/17-18/team/Aris#%7Ctab=statistics
  13. ^ http://www.championsleague.basketball/17-18/team/AEK#%7Ctab=statistics

External links

  • Euroleague.net Profile
  • FIBA Profile
  • Eurobasket.com Profile
  • Greek League Profile (in Greek)
  • Spanish League Profile (in Spanish)
  • Draftexpress.com Profile
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