Zoi Dimitrakou (188-F-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas), belongs to the new generation of Greek, young and talented basketball players. She is currently showing her talents in France and we will try to get to know her, a little bit better.
Hey Zoi, tell us some things about yourself? In which team you are in France and since when? How come you decided to go to France and play? You'll be there next year, too?
Zoi: 'This season I am playing for, FCB Charleville-Mezieres.Persy. Last year I was also in France, but a little southern, in Aix en Provence. My agent told me about this team, a few years ago, when I was 21 years old. I was back then, the top scorer of the A1 league. As for next year, I have lots of offers from many teams, not only from France. I dont know yet what to decide, but I am happy here, for sure'.
Which is the style of basketball, you like playing the most and what is your 'deadliest' moves in the court?
Zoi: 'I like the quick play, the transition game. I love the fast breaks and I try to be creative, all the time. The ideal situation for me is, stealing the ball in defense and make an easy penetration in the other teams basket, when we attack. My strongest move is definitely the penetration, cause most of the times I am taller from the other guards who playing defense on me. So I can easily put them in my back, in the low post'.
How is your life in France? In a personal level and in the level of playing the game you love.
Zoi: 'I have completely adjusted to the French mentality. The level of basketball here is very high and all the people who gets involve, are extremely professionals. Personally, I am double happy cause this year, I have my fiance with me, Corey Belser. Corey, is playing for the mens team of Charleville, L'etoile'.
Which are the goals of the team youre playing?
Zoi: 'We want to be among the 8 first teams of the standings, in the regular season and then, we'll try to conquer a seed which lead to next season's Eurocup'.
You are still very young, only 24 years old. What do you want to succeed, in the rest of your career? Maybe playing in the euroleague sometime or in the WNBA, why not.
Zoi: 'I definitely want to play in the euroleague sometime and I will go for it. As you said, why not in the WNBA too. Generally, I want every year, to succed something more'.
I must ask you about the Greek women national team. There has been an amazing progress. Every year, you getting over yourselves. Are you optimistic for the future? Can this team, establish its participations to the World championships and Eurobaskets?
Zoi: 'It's true that, there has been a great progress, especially if we consider the quality of the Greek championship, which every year, is getting lower and lower. I thing it's very early to talk about constant participations to World championships. But we must keep the mentality we have, to taking things step by step. This year, for example, we have in front of us, the challenge of the qualification to the next Eurobasket. I am optimistic about the national team. It will always be, my favorite team.
AO Faros Keratsiniou (A2) agreed terms with 33-year old domestic power forward Kostas Kakaroudis (204-111kg-83). He has played for the last two seasons at PAOK Thessaloniki (A1). In 28 games he had 4.1ppg and 1.5rpg last season [read more]
AO Faros Keratsiniou (A2) agreed terms with 33-year old domestic power forward Kostas Kakaroudis (204-111kg-83). He has played for the last two seasons at PAOK Thessaloniki (A1). In 28 games he had 4.1ppg and 1.5rpg last season. He helped them to make it to the Greek Cup Semifinals. Kakaroudis also played 15 games in Eurocup where he recorded just 2.8ppg. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Greek A2 Honorable Mention back in 2009 and 2011. Kakaroudis represented Greece at the World University Championships in Bangkok nine years ago. He has played previously professionally in Romania (CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu) and Greece (Kolossos, KAO Dramas, Olimpiada, A.G.O Rethymno Aegean and Ikaroi Serron). Kakaroudis could be described:
Kostas is an all time classic center. Has very high Basketball IQ. He plays intelligently and in his advantages is the fact that he is a true tweener at the power forward and center positions but in the right situation he can become also a small forward.
Limoges CSP Elite (ProA) is interested in signing in with 27-year old American point guard Zamal Nixon (186-89, college: Houston, agency: Two Points) who played last time at GS Lavrio in Greece. In 21 A1 games he had 9.7ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.5apg and 1.5spg last season. The previous (14-15) season Nixon played at Phoenix Hagen (BBL) in German league. In 32 games he recorded 10.2ppg, 1.7rpg, 3.3apg and 1.4spg in. The most of previous (13-14) season he spent at Raiffeisen Wels (A Bundesliga) in Au... [read more]
Limoges CSP Elite (ProA) is interested in signing in with 27-year old American point guard Zamal Nixon (186-89, college: Houston, agency: Two Points) who played last time at GS Lavrio in Greece. In 21 A1 games he had 9.7ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.5apg and 1.5spg last season. The previous (14-15) season Nixon played at Phoenix Hagen (BBL) in German league. In 32 games he recorded 10.2ppg, 1.7rpg, 3.3apg and 1.4spg in. The most of previous (13-14) season he spent at Raiffeisen Wels (A Bundesliga) in Austrian league. In 33 games he recorded 14.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.8apg (top 4) and 1.9spg (in top 2). He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Austrian League Honorable Mention. Nixon also spent pre-season at Polpharma (TBL) in Polish league that year. In 12-13 season he played at Nuernberg in German league. In 25 ProA games he was fifth best scorer with remarkable 16.8ppg and averaged 2.6rpg, 3.4apg and 1.1spg. Nixon played also at Hertener Loewen (ProB) in German league. In 17 games he was the best scorer with high stats: 24.9ppg and had 3.0rpg, 5.9apg (top 3) and 1.9spg in 2011-12 season. He contributed to his team ending the regular season as at the second position in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. It was another spectacular season as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Guard of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Imports Team. Nixon's college team won C-USA Tournament in 2010. He graduated from University of Houston in 2011 and it is his sixth season as a professional player.
ASP Promitheas Patras (A2) agreed terms with 41-year old coachAntreas Kesapidis (185-75). He will be a member of the coaching team of the PAtras team for the coming season. Before that Kesapidis was the Head Coach of Esperos Patras. He has played basketball for the last one seasons at Ionikos Ionias in Greek B league. By Eurobasket Data Center Check also Complete Transfers List in Greece [read more]
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