Four-star Georgios Papagiannis signs with Greek pro team

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

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A top-50 prospect came off the board on Wednesday -- but it wasn't a commitment to a college.

Georgios Papagiannis has agreed to terms with Greek club team Panathinaikos.

In a statement, Papagiannis said (the translation is a bit rough around the edges):

"I want to thank the president of Panathinaikos main Dimitris Giannakopoulos, because he believed me and wanted to bring me to the group. I thank him, because I too wish to become a member of Panathinaikos.

"I also wish to thank Mr. Argyris Pedoulakis who believed me since I was 14 years old and told me that the best way to proceed was to sign Panathinaikos. It helped me a lot to get my decision.

"Of course, I thank my family, my parents, Kanellos and Mary and my brother, Minas and support all these years and is valuable for me."

According to Euro Hoops, he has the option to return to the States next summer.

Papagiannis, a 7-foot-1 center who played Westtown School (Pa.), is ranked No. 38 in the 247Sports Composite for the class of 2015. He had already taken unofficial visits to Maryland and Penn State.

He averaged 8.1 points and 6.1 rebounds on the EYBL circuit with Team Takeover this spring.

(h/t Sportando)

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