Vassilis Charalampopoulos (basketball)

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Vassilis Charalampopoulos
Vasileios Charalampopoulos.jpg
No. 15 – PAOK Thessaloniki
Position Small forward
League Greek League
Champions League
Personal information
Born (1997-01-06) January 6, 1997 (age 21)
Maroussi, Greece
Nationality Greek
Listed height 6 ft 8.75 in (2.05 m)
Listed weight 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
Playing career 2012–present
Career history
2012–present Panathinaikos
2017–present PAOK
Career highlights and awards

Vassilis Charalampopoulos[1][2] (alternate spellings: Vasileios, Vasilis, Basilis, Charalabopoulos) (Greek: Βασίλης Χαραλαμπόπουλος; born January 6, 1997) is a Greek professional basketball player for PAOK of the Greek Basket League, on loan from Panathinaikos. He is a left-handed 2.05 m (6' 8​34") tall[3][4] small forward, that can also play as a power forward.

Early years[edit]

Charalampopoulos started playing basketball with the youth teams of the Greek club Egaleo. He spent the 2011–12 season with the senior men's club of Egaleo. That same season, he played in the semi-pro level Greek B League, which is the 3rd-tier division of Greek basketball.

Professional career[edit]

Panathinaikos[edit]

In 2012, Charalampopoulos moved to the Greek 1st Division club Panathinaikos.[5] He made his pro debut in the 1st-tier level Greek League, during the 2012–13 season, on 26 November 2012, in a home game against Panelefsiniakos.[6] Charalampopoulos made his debut in the European-wide top-tier level EuroLeague, during the 2013–14 season, in a road game against Lokomotiv Kuban, on 13 December 2013.[7]

On June 25, 2016, Charalampopoulos extended his contact with Panathinaikos for eight years, through the 2023–24 season.[8] He was loaned to the Greek club PAOK, for the 2017–18 season. As part of his loan deal to PAOK, his contract with Panathinaikos was also restructured, as he signed a new 4 year contract with them, lasting through the 2020–21 season. The new contract also contained NBA buyout options after each season.[9]

PAOK[edit]

On August 16, 2017, Charalampopoulos was loaned to Greek club PAOK, for the 2017–18 season.[10]

Greek national team[edit]

Greek junior national team[edit]

With the junior national teams of Greece, Charalampopoulos played at the 2011, 2012, and 2013 editions of the FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship.[11] He won the bronze medal at the 2013 Under-16 tournament. He also played with Greece at the 2013 TBF Under-16 World Cup in Sakarya, Turkey, where he helped Greece win the gold medal.

In the summer of 2014, Charalampopoulos played at the FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship and helped Greece reach the fourth place of the tournament. He finished the tournament being first in minutes per game, third in points per game and fifth in total rebounds, earning his place in the All-Tournament Team.[12][13]

In the summer of 2015, Charalampopoulos suffered a right ankle injury in a friendly game against the USA, and doctors initially said that it would be difficult for him to play at the 2015 FIBA Under-19 World cup.[14] Despite the injury, Charalampopoulos was able to play at the tournament, and he scored 21 points against the USA in the tournament's semifinal.[15] Greece lost the semifinal game against the USA, and Charalampopoulos was then injured once again in the third-place game, against Turkey, which Greece also lost, as they finished in fourth place.[16]

Charalampopoulos also played at the 2015 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship. In a game against France, he had 13 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists, making him the first player since Lithuania's Martynas Andriuškevičius to record a triple double at the same tournament.[17] Eventually, Greece beat Turkey in the tournament's final, by a score of 64-61, and won the gold medal.[18] Charalampopoulos was honoured as the MVP of the tournament.[19][20] During the tournament, Charalampopoulos averaged 16.6 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 5.2 assists per game.[21]

Charalampopoulos then played at the 2nd division level 2016 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship Division B, where he won a bronze medal, made the All-Tournament Team, and was named the MVP. He also played at the 2017 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship, where he won the gold medal and was named MVP of the tournament.[22]

Greek senior national team[edit]

Charalampopoulos became a member of the senior men's Greek national basketball team for the first time in 2016. He was selected as one of 12 players to compete with Greece at the 2016 Turin FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament.[23]

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  PIR  Performance Index Rating
 Bold  Career high

Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.

EuroLeague[edit]

[24]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2013–14 Panathinaikos 1 0 2.8 .000 .000 .000 1.0 .0 .0 .0 0.0 0.0
2014–15 12 5 8.8 .571 .571 .750 1.2 0.7 .3 .2 2.2 2.9
2015–16 6 1 9.5 .375 .250 .667 2.0 1.0 .2 .2 1.5 3.7
2016–17 7 2 4.2 .333 .000 .000 .3 .0 .0 .0 .6 -.1
Career 26 8 7.5 .464 .417 .727 1.1 0.5 .2 .1 1.5 2.2

Awards and accomplishments[edit]

Club career[edit]

Greek junior national team[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]