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MBB: Cyclone's Add 7 Footer Georgios Tsalmpouris

Updated: Monday, May 19 2014, 04:52 PM CDT
AMES, Iowa – Iowa State head basketball coach Fred
Hoiberg announced Monday the signing of Greek national team member Georgios
Tsalmpouris (George sal-BORE-us) to a national letter of intent. The
7-foot-1-inch Tsalmpouris, a Veroia, Greece, native, will be eligible for the
2014-15 season.



“Georgios gives us another big man that is able to run
the floor and shoot the ball,” Hoiberg said. “He fits with how we want to play
while giving us more length. I’m looking forward to helping him continue to
develop as a basketball player.”





Tsalmpouris, who will turn 18 on June 22, averaged 27
points, 17 rebounds, 10 blocks and three assists for his under-17 regional
team.





“As an elementary school student in Greece I started
playing basketball having a dream, a big dream, for a country boy from a small
rural town named Katerini.” Tsalmpouris said. “I hoped that one day I would be
able to cross the Atlantic Ocean and playing basketball at a big university.
Today I feel blessed because my dream came true on the best possible scenario.
I am joining the Iowa State basketball team. I am so grateful to Coach Hoiberg
and Coach Abdelmassih who recruited me and gave me the opportunity to learn
from the best and contribute to the future success of the Iowa State basketball
program.”





Tsalmpouris, who will become just the seventh 7-footer in
Iowa State men’s basketball history, would make the Cyclones significantly
taller than it was a year ago. ISU, which didn’t have a player on its active
roster taller than 6-foot-8 in 2013-14, would have two players taller than that
in Tsalmpouris and 6-foot-9-inch Jameel McKay.



MBB: Cyclone's Add 7 Footer Georgios Tsalmpouris


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