HoopsHype Giannis Antetokoumpo rumors

June 9, 2013 Updates

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

April 4, 2013 Updates

The parade of NBA teams officials continues in Greece, as Giannis Adetocunbo seems to be one of the hottest NBA prospects in Europe. A representative of Utah Jazz was present in the junior league game of the 18 years old Philathlitikos player against Panathinaikos on Monday, 1st of April, and on Wednesday, 3rd of April, Adetocunbo will be playing with the senior team in front of a well known NBA figure. Danny Ainge, the president of Boston Celtics, together with assistant general manager Ryan McDonough will travel to the Greek city of Volos (327 klm north of Athens) in order to see the road game of Philathlitikos against the local team named Niki for the second division. A win for Filathlitikos will be a big step towards the Greek first division, it’s an important match up and an important person will be among the crowd. EuroHoops.net

March 27, 2013 Updates

Oklahoma City’s Sam Presti and Houston’s Daryl Morey, among others, also have been to Athens to scout Antetokoumpo, whose contract with Zaragoza is said to contain an affordable buyout clause. Oh, and he has a 7-foot-3 wingspan. The Greek and Nigerian basketball federations are both trying to register Antetokoumpo to play for their respective national teams, and Antetokoumpo is expected to participate at the NBA pre-draft Eurocamp in Treviso, Italy. SheridanHoops

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