Nikos Rogkavopoulos aims to be the first signing for next season

Baskonia is moving into the market and has already set its sights on a player who could complement Giedraitis, who has not traveled to Girona due to having lower back problems. Rogkavopoulos was born in Marusi (Athens) and is 21 years old. He is a forward, he measures 2.01 meters and this year he has played in the Turkish Merkezefendi, the same Turkish club where the American Max Heidegger was recruited after the “Pi Henry case”, still pending resolution.

The Hellenic player trained at AEK Athens (2018-21) and then played at Promitheas Patras (2021-22) in the Peloponnese before joining the Ottoman entity. This year, with his contract already up and free to negotiate, he has averaged 15.7 points, 1.9 assists, 6.3 rebounds in the Turkish league, with 36% shooting from three-pointers in 27 games. He has averaged 32 minutes per game, a lot for a professional player. That shows that it was unquestionable for his coach.

The Greek international is now in Chicago taking part in the annual May training sessions that become showcases for the NBA Draft. The player has declared himself eligible although his name does not appear among the favorites to find a place in the American professional league. This year there will be 58 selected as there are two franchises that are sanctioned. Rogkavopoulos also plans to play the “Global Camp” in Treviso, the only camp officially recognized by the NBA.

His game has raised interest in several European teams such as Alba Berlin, Asvel Villeurbanne, Panathinaikos or Olympiacos. There is also talk of monitoring Valencia Basket but there is a verbal agreement with Baskonia. The offer from the Vitoria team is the one that satisfies you the most according to the Greek media SDNA and the Italian Gazzetta.gr. It would be a perfect complement to Giedraitis, although with more physique. The one who seems to pack his bags and undergo knee surgery this summer is the American Daulton Hommes.

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