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Aris inks big men Mottola and Agadakos
by: Kostas Sotiriou, Athens
July 26, 2007
Aris TT Bank has made its first new signings in the Gordon Herbert era, bringing in experienced big men Hanno Mottola and Lazaros Agadakos. Mottola (211, 31) arrives from Lithuanian champion Zalgiris Kaunas, where he averaged 10.9 points and 3.9 rebounds in 12 Euroleague appearances. Mottola was also active in the Baltic League, where he posted 10.2 points and 3.8 rebounds per game, and in the Lithuanian League, where he had 11.9 points and 5 boards per game. Mottola grew up with Makelanrinne (Finland) youth teams and then moved to NMKY Helsinki, before taking his trade to the United States. After four seasons at the University of Utah, he signed with the Atlanta Hawks in the NBA, where he played for two seasons and
averaged 4.6 points and 2.9 rebounds in 155 regular season games. Upon returning to Europe, he's been a Euroleague regular, appearing with Tau Ceramica, Fortitudo Bologna, Scavolini Pesaro and Zalgiris. Mottola also played one season in the ULEB Cup with Dynamo Moscow. In all he's averaged 12.7 points in 61
Euroleague appearances. Among his career highlights are winning the ULEB Cup with
namo and reaching the 2004 Euroleague title game with Fortitudo.
Agadakos (208, 27) arrives from Aris's cross-town rival, PAOK Thessaloniki, where he took part in 11 ULEB Cup games last season, averaging 4.8 points and 3.2 rebounds in 16 minutes of action. His numbers jumped to 5.6 points and 2.9 rebounds in 25 Greek-League games. He has two previous seasons of Euroleague experience under his belt from his time at Olympiacos Piraeus. Agadakos has also played for Ilioupolis, Paleous Faliro, Panionios BC Athens and Maroussi Athens, all in his native Greece.
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