"During the last season, many NBA teams had asked me for information about Giorgos Papagiannis. More than 20 clubs wanted a complete description of him, his playing ability and daily routine, the kind of basketball he prefers, a real... scouting report. That great interest about him was clear to me during the whole season and it was increased the last three months. Since March, the requests were much more. I understand that people came in Greece for him, watched his games with Panathinaikos. I could not say that I expected his final position, but there was certainly great interest about him.
It was not easy to understand which team was more interested in signing Giorgos, because they all wanted the same information, more or less. Nobody was willing to make clear his real intentions, but almost every club asked for certain things. They wanted to know his playing profile, his personality, his environment, everything. They had really asked us for so many things about him.
I believe that his presence in the United States was very important. He went there, trained with the Americans, took part in their workouts and even hosted one himself, with more than 20 teams attending it in order to see him in action. This was decisive for the increase of people's admiration about him and his final place. The truth is that the scouts did not really had the chance to see him in action during the last season. But Giorgos was one of the more interesting projects for the NBA scouts the last 2-3 seasons. He is a guy with excellent potential and ability to make such a step. He simply did it very fast, even faster that he was expected.
Maybe he was thinking that after the 2015-16 season, with reduced playing time, he had to wait a while in order to make that big step the next summer. But I am sure that the key point was his performances and presence in the United States. He convinced them all that he deserves a chance on top level and that they could take the risk of investing in him. When they select a player in such a high place, it means that there is great faith in his ability. And I am sure that the Americans know better than anybody else how to help an athlete become better according to their standards very quickly, especially a center. So, I think that they will try to sign him immediately, but of course I do not know many details about this case.
I have no information towards his participation in the Greece National Team U-20 right now, because everything happened after midnight. We have an excellent communication with Giorgos and his agent during the whole time. Since the beginning, we were aware of what Giorgos was doing, our communication was always very good, and we definitely understand that this is a great challenge for him. We will have to wait the next days to find out what happens.
They only thing we could do right now is congratulate him for his accomplishment, we are all very proud for his success. We will wait about the final decisions to be made and see what is the best for him and the National Team", said the 41-year-old coach about the 19-year-old talented center, who was selected by the Sacramento Kings with the 13th pick of 2016 NBA Draft, at SDNA.