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2008 U20 European Championship
Quote:Nick Calathes is relishing the opportunity to try out for the Greece Under-20 team.

A college basketball star in America with the Florida Gators, the 6ft 6in Calathes is a third-generation Greek who was the co-SEC Freshman of the Year and the SEC's Newcomer of the Year this past season after averaging 15.3 points per game while setting a school record with 221 assists.

He led the SEC in assists per game at 6.1 per contest.

The youngster is a good bet to make the Greek team that will play at the U20 European Championship in Latvia from August 1-10.

He is now in Athens and gave this interview to

FIBA Europe: You are in Greece and you have your Greek passport. Tell us what you think about this whole situation.

Calathes: I am truly excited to be here. I think it's a great opportunity for me to represent my family and my grandpa who meant a great deal to me. He was born here and just to represent my family is great

FIBA EUROPE: Did you ever think that it may not happen when you didn't have your passport?

Calathes: Sometimes the situation was back and forth, back and forth and I didn't really know what to expect. I was hoping that everything would end up fine, I would get my passport and I was going to play for Greece, something that happened in the end. I am here. The Hellenic basketball federation was close to us all the time. My father was speaking sometimes four to five times a week with people from the federation, and we knew what was going on. They wanted to keep us posted so that we didn't have to worry because of the delay."

FIBA Europe: Your father is very proud of both you and your brother, Pat, who also plays basketball.

Calathes: He's proud of both of us because he knows that we are hard workers. He knows that we'll work very hard in order to achieve our goals. Both me and my father believe that this is an opportunity and a great honour to be here. And the same goes for Pat. Maybe he will get to play in the Greek championship. Who knows?

FIBA Europe: What do you know about Greek basketball?

Calathes: I know a few things. I know Panathinaikos and Olympiacos, that these are like the big teams here. I am not that good with names... (laughing). And about players, I know (Theo) Papaloukas and (Vasilis) Spanoulis who has played for the Houston Rockets. But I haven't seen many of them. I will learn, though. Of course I know about the success of the national team and that upset of the United States in 2006 (in the FIBA World Championship semi-final). There are a lot of people still talking about that game."

FIBA Europe: What do you think you will gain from your experience here this year?

Calathes: First of all, I really wanted to play for Greece. I believe that this experience will help me not only as a player but as a person, too. I will be alone here, I will get to meet people. It will be a different, special experience and I already like Athens and Greece. I am looking forward to getting together with my team, my team-mates. To get to know them, to get along and I want to be able to help them in their effort.
Die Liebe wird eine Krankheit, wenn man sie als eine Heilung sieht.
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2008 U20 European Championship - by rikhardur - 06-16-2008, 10:13 PM
[No subject] - by rikhardur - 06-17-2008, 08:51 PM
[No subject] - by rikhardur - 06-18-2008, 10:30 PM
[No subject] - by brzi - 06-23-2008, 01:33 AM
[No subject] - by brzi - 06-23-2008, 01:42 AM
Spain - by rikhardur - 07-02-2008, 04:19 PM
Greece - by rikhardur - 07-02-2008, 04:20 PM
[No subject] - by TalkBasket - 07-02-2008, 04:22 PM
[No subject] - by rikhardur - 07-02-2008, 04:46 PM
[No subject] - by TalkBasket - 07-02-2008, 04:48 PM
[No subject] - by rikhardur - 08-01-2008, 11:28 PM
[No subject] - by TalkBasket - 08-08-2008, 11:13 AM
[No subject] - by TalkBasket - 08-10-2008, 06:38 PM
[No subject] - by rikhardur - 08-10-2008, 11:46 PM

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