ISU Signs Greek 7-Footer

Iowa State has announced the signing of seven-foot Greek Georgios Tsalmpouris

Iowa State signed 7-foot-1 center Georgios Tsalmpouris, of Greece, to its 2014 basketball recruiting class, the school announced Monday.

Tsalmpouris committed to ISU on May 11.

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"Georgios gives us another big man that is able to run the floor and shoot the ball," coach Fred Hoiberg said in a press release. "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 is slated to join Iowa State this summer. He plays with the senior men's club Pierikos. In the youth league ESKA Athens, he averaged 27 points, 17 rebounds, 10 blocks and three assists per game, per a post on NBA Draft net.

"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 — pronounce his name "George" and his last name sal-BORE-us — will be the seventh (updated from fifth — per Iowa State) 7-footer in Iowa State's hoops history. He's a native of Veroia, Greece.

Iowa State has one scholarship remaining for the 2014-15 season, having added Tsalmpouris and UNLV transfer Bryce Dejean-Jones this offseason. The Cyclones' top target is Oregon State transfer Hallice Cooke, who visited Ames in early May. Cooke would have to sit out this season.


Tsalmpouris, a lefty, will at the least give the Cyclones a sizable post presence defensively and on the glass, joining Marquette transfer Jameel McKay (6-foot-9) as imports capable of mixing it up with the new-and-improved frontlines of the Big 12. Texas added five-star center Myles Turner, who, along with Cameron Ridley, Jon Holmes, Prince Ibeh and Connor Lammert, gives the Longhorns a ton of size. Kansas loses Joel Embiid but returns Perry Ellis and signed 6-foot-8 power forward Cliff Alexander, a five-star in the 2014 class.

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