Charalampopoulos hoping to make NBA dream a reality
Greece’s representation at the upcoming NBA draft continues to grow with another Basket League prospect joining the field…
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Vassilis Charalampopoulos is hoping to make his NBA dream a reality after he confirmed his declaration for the upcoming NBA draft.
Charalampopoulos, 21, currently plies his trade at PAOK after securing a loan move to Thessaloniki from parent club Panathinaikos.
Speaking with ESPN, Charalampopoulos confirmed his intentions of declaring for the draft and plans to make a career for himself in the NBA.
"It has always been a dream to play in the NBA," Charalampopoulos told ESPN.
"Entering the draft gives me the opportunity to challenge myself outside of Europe. This decision to enter the draft was not difficult. The difficult part was finding when the right time was for me."
Charalampopoulos raised eyebrows with his performances for Greece on the grassroots level, most notably in 2015 at the FIBA Under-19 World Cup in Greece. Despite injuring his ankle earlier that summer, Charalampopoulos defied diagnosis and played in the tournament as Greece made a run to the semifinals before losing to the USA – a game that included a 21-point performance from Charalampopoulos.
Since then, Charalampopoulos’ biggest successes have come on the international level as he played a big part in Greece’s bronze medal run at the 2016 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship before capturing gold at the 2017 edition of the tournament.
Despite his success on the international stage, Charalampopoulos hasn’t take the Greek Basket League by storm as expected though he has seen an uptick in production since his loan move to PAOK began.
Charalampoulos will be seen as an off-the-board selection but could be selected by a team late in the second-round when the draft takes place at the Barclays Center in New York City on June 21st.