Days after announcing that head coach Pini Gershon will remain in Piraeus for one more season, Olympiacos made its first official move for the summer by signing center Ian Vougioukas (2.11, 22) to a three-year deal. “I haven't realized what has happened. I returned to Greece on Friday and today [June 23] I belong to Olympiacos. I can't believe it. I will work hard to take advantage of the opportunity that the club gave me,” the Greek center said.
Vougioukas started his career with Aris Glyfadas and then moved to Ilisiakos. He went to the United States in 2003 and joined St. Louis University for four seasons. During his senior season, he posted averages of 12.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.7 blocks per game. He won the silver medal with the Greek under-21 national team at the 2005 World Championships in Argentina and the bronze medal at the 2003 World Championships with the juniors national team, playing alongside his new teammates at Olympiacos, Sofoklis Schortsanitis and Panagiotis Vasilopoulos.