Crvena Zvezda signs former-Euroleague champ Schortsanitis

Aug 02, 2015 by Euroleague.net Print
Crvena Zvezda signs former-Euroleague champ Schortsanitis

Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade anchored its frontline by signing one of the most-dominant centers in European basketball over the past decade, Sofoklis Schortsanitis, for the coming season. Schortsanitis (2.06 meters, 30 years old) arrives from Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv, where he played the past two and four of the last five seasons. During that period he helped Maccabi win the 2014 Turkish Airlines Euroleague crown and reach the 2011 Euroleague Championship Game. He was named to the All-Euroleague First Team after the 2010-11 season and also won four Israeli Cups, three Israeli League championships and the 2012 Adriatic League. Last season Schortsanitis averaged 6.7 points over 26 Euroleague games, though his stats are always best measured on a per-minute basis; Schortsanitis is the Euroleague’s all-time top scoring center on a per-minute basis with an average of 23.2 points prorated over 40 minutes.

A product of the Iraklis Thessaloniki junior system, Schortsanitis made his professional debut with that club and played one season each for Cantu in Italy and Aris Thessaloniki in Greece before signing a long-term deal with Olympiacos Piraeus in 2005. During five seasons with the Reds, he reached a pair of Euroleague Final Fours and played in the 2010 Euroleague Championship Game. He then joined Maccabi, where he has played since, spare the 2012-13 campaign back in Greece with Panathinaikos Athens. Moreover, as a member of the Greek national team, Schortsanitis helped Greece reach the 2006 FIBA World Championships final and win a bronze medal at EuroBasket 2009.