(Greece) – Greek basketball player, Panagiotis Fasoulas, has been elected to enter the International Basket Federation (FIBA) Hall of Fame. Fasoulas, who played for Olympiakos, PAOK, and the Greek National Team, is the second Greek player to enter the FIBA Hall of Fame after Nikos Gallis. Fasoulas is one of eight inductees into the 2016 Class of Inductees in the Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will take place on Saturday, August 27, 2016in Geneva and Mies in Switzerland. Fasoulas will be joining inductees such as David Stern, who was the commissioner of the NBA from 1984-2014 and has also worked hard to bring the sport of basketball to an international stage.
Panagiotis Fasoulas, who is now a Greek politician, began his career in the spotlight as a basketball player. Although he was selected in the NBA Draft in 1986 by the Portland Trail Blazers, he ultimately decided not to play for the NBA and instead played for teams within Greece. When he was with PAOK, he won the Winner’s Cup Championship in 1991. When he was with Olympiakos, he won both the Euroleague Championship and the Triple Crown in 1997. Through his total career, he won 5 Greek League Championshis and 3 Greek Cups. He was also named the Greek League MVP in both 1994 and 1995 and also the FIBA Euro Star in 1996.
Fasoulas also played for the Greek National Team as the starting center during the EuroBasket in 1987, where Greece won the gold medal. He was also named to the All-Tournament Team. He was also part of the EuroBasket Greek team in 1989 that won the silver medal. He was also on the Greek team in 1994 when Greece placed fourth in the FIBA World Championship. He currently holds second place in Greece for most number of games played and is currently placed third for all-time points scored in Greece.