After the victory in Xanthi tournament coach Fotis Katsikaris announced the final list of players for EuroBasket of the Greece national team. Dimitris Agravanis and Vladimir Janković the last two cuts, here the Greek roster: Nikos Zisis, Giannis Bourousis, Vassilis Spanoulis, Kostas Kaimakoglou, Giorgos Printezis, Nick Clathes, Kostas Papanikolaou, Kostas Sloukas, Stratos Perperoglou, Kostas Koufos, Vaggelis Mantzaris, Giannis Antetokounmpo.
The player of Sfera Sports Association, Kostas Papanikolaou, made a statement, following the latest rumors: “Over the last days i have focused all of my efforts on the preparation with Greece National team. Earlier today i was informed that someone used my name to create the wrong impressions. The picture of me that was uploaded by an instagram user that claimed to be me may led some people to believe that i am returning to Olympiakos. The “Reds” will always have a special place in my heart for everything they gave me, but right now i’m a player of Denver Nuggets and all i think about is my team and the NBA. I would like to inform everyone that my one and only profile on social media is the one on Facebook.
Giannis Antetokounmpo: For as long as I can, I’ll always be in the national team. As long as I’m healthy and as much as I have a say in it, I want to play for Greece. I know that, one day a lot might depend on me for the team to achieve its goals and I already feel that responsibility. I think about the fact that, in ten years from now, there’s a chance that some of my brothers might also be playing in the national team and that seems amazing to me! To be able to say, ‘I’m going off to play for my country,’ and to know that you’ll be playing with members of your family. All of us playing for our country! That’s a big dream.”