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June 10, 2013 Updates

After watching Antetokoumpo in Jesolo, Italy in early June, it's apparent that he needs a lot of time (three seasons or so) before he'll be ready to play in the NBA. He's very skilled and long, but lacks strength and explosiveness at this point. The problem for him and scouts is that the level of competition that he's played at at is very low, considered by scouts as the equivalent to Div 2-3 college ball, making it more difficult to project him. He'll also need to improve upon his shooting ability. HoopsHype

June 9, 2013 Updates

Adetokunbo is smooth and has a good feel for the game for a 19 year old with little, and maybe less than that, experience against elite players. He can handle the ball at 6-foot-8, a particularly intriguing aspect, though nowhere near well enough to seriously be considered a possibility for a matchup nightmare at point guard. He can’t shoot. And he needs to get a lot stronger. “Three or four years,” one scout said of a realistic timeline for Adetokunbo to make an impact in the NBA. “Maybe five.” NBA.com

Acting as a facilitator for his team in the half court and making a number of impressive plays in the open floor, Adetokunbo didn't look out of place competing with players one year his senior in most cases, but his lack of experience was evident. He had a number of rebounds ripped away from him, didn't always finish strong around the basket, and airballed a 3-pointer on one occasion--but later smoothly knocked down another. Directing his teammates as Greece ran its sets, Adetokunbo has a unique feel for the game considering his age and athleticism, and is undoubtedly a special talent, but is definitely still in the early stages of his development. All in all Giannis probably didn't impact his draft stock significantly in either direction. People who liked him probably saw what they needed to see, while those that didn't surely weren't swayed by what he showed. A fairly substantial contingent of the 50 or so NBA scouts started to file out with 6-8 minutes left in the fourth quarter, which can't be considered a great sign. The stop and start nature of the game and overall poor officiating surely didn't help matters, but Adetokunbo will need to show more in the next two days if he wants to definitively boost his stock into the top-20. DraftExpress.com

Taking a short trip to Jesolo with a hoard of NBA scouts (probably around 50), we were able to take in a U20 game between Croatia and Greece featuring highly touted Greek small forward Giannis Adetokunbo, playing in his first ever game outside of Greece after finally obtaining his passport (he in fact now has two after also receiving a Nigerian passport). Starting at the power forward spot but regularly bringing the ball up the floor, he turned in a solid, albeit unspectacular performance, finishing with 11 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists by our count while putting many of his strengths and weaknesses on display for those in attendance. DraftExpress.com

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Giannis Adetokunbo, SF, Greece: Adetokunbo fancies himself a point guard, but you won't find an NBA executive who believes he can play the position. The 18-year-old is long, athletic and runs the floor well. But he played against what one East scout called "Division III-type guys" last season, when he struggled to create off the dribble at times. "I wouldn't touch him," a West executive said. "I don't even know how good he is going to be once he reaches his potential." SI.com

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Giannis and Thanasis Adetokunbo (video) were born and raised in Greece, went to school in Greece, speak Greek, but because their parents were Nigerian immigrants they didn’t automatically get the Greek citizenship. That changed on Thursday. Both brothers are now officially Greeks, as they wanted to, despite the state’s recent change of citizenship laws. It was not only a matter of bureaucracy, but also a political subject, since Adetokunbos are probably the first children of non Greek immigrants who got the citizenship. However, their talent was their battling ram and with the help of the Greek basketball federation, they finally got what they wanted. EuroHoops.net

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Adetokoubo still does not have a visa to travel abroad, and sources indicated his parents also have issues with the requisite papers. Initially, he was scheduled to be part of the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland last week, but the document issues kept him abroad. He is expected to have everything in order by the end of the month. NBA.com

April 21, 2013 Updates

Aran Smith: No official word from the family but an inside source has confirmed that Giannis Adetokoubo will enter NBA draft along w brother Athanasios. Twitter @nbadraftnet

April 5, 2013 Updates

Filathliticos beat Niki Volou 75-70, Adetocunbo had 19 points, 9 rebounds, 1 steal and 2 blocks and Ainge was taking his notes from a courtside seat between the scorers table and the guets’ bench. When the home team lost, its fans start curshing at the winners and also at Ainge. They thought he was someone affiliated with Filathliticos. When they were informed who he was, they started shouting at him that everyone in Volos is a fan of the Lakers. EuroHoops.net

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