UNION OLIMPIJA adds Shermadini
by: Euroleague.net
October 6, 2010
Giorgi Shermadini – PanathinaikosUnion Olimpija made a big addition – both in the literal and figurative sense – to its team by bringing in center Giorgi Shermadini on loan from Greek champion Panathinaikos for the coming season. Shermadini (216, 21) is considered an elite prospect, but has only received limited playing time with the Greens. Last season he averaged 4.5 points and 2.2 rebounds over 9 minutes per game in 12 Euroleague appearances. With Olimpija, he expected to see more playing time to help him develop. Shermadini grew up at Maccabi Tbilisi in his native Georgia before joining Panathinaikos two years ago. He was on the Greens roster when they won the 2009 Euroleague, though he made only one appearance that season. Shermadini is also a member of the Georgian national team. He ranked second in scoring (21.5 ppg.) and rebounding (10.5 ppg.) and first in blocks (3.7 bpg.) at the 2008 European Under-20 Championships.

"Giorgi is still a young center, but we expect a lot from him, " Union Olimpija head coach Jure Zdovc said. "We are pleased that we agreed with Panathinaikos on this deal, and that our roster selection is slowly getting finished. Giorgi already joined us at practices and is expected to fit in our system, because we lacked players under the basket."
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