Shortly after playing international ball, new Iowa State men’s basketball big man Georgios Tsalmpouris has arrived to the United States for the first time and explains his decision to play with the Cyclones.
The Des Moines Register caught up with the 7-foot-1 sensation, who decided to play in college instead of taking an alternate offer to play professionally and get paid. Tsalmpouris did play with Greece late in the summer — in a U18 European Tournament.
Because the big guy is also a threat to shoot from the perimeter, Tsalmpouris believes that head coach Fred Hoiberg’s system is a perfect fit for him (via DMR).
“I’m a forward, I like to shoot 3s, and I like to be a playmaker from the post,” Tsalmpouris said. “Playing for coach Hoiberg will be great. He will help me a lot.”
Greece ended their U18 European Tournament run with a battle for third place. The team ultimately lost to Croatia, 75-71, with Tsalmpouris finishing with four points in 20 minutes. He had better performances, but seeing multiple attempts from downtown is something Cyclone fans better be used to seeing.
Tsalmpouris went 4-of-5 from 3-point range in his best performance of the tournament. He may not have been consistent, but that’s hard to expect from a guy that just turned 18 less than two months ago. He’ll have his growing pains, especially in Big 12 play, but what we saw when the guy is on could be incredibly deadly for future opponents.
The relationship between Tsalmpouris and Iowa State couldn’t have been a better fit, and it’s one that could be really beneficial for both parties.