Consensus four-star Greek center Georgios Papagiannis is pondering a couple of visits in the States, according to a report from SNY's Adam Zagoria. NC State would get one of the visits, and Oregon the other. This would seem to confirm a report from Pack Insider on Wednesday that the big man is down to those two schools.
Greek big man Georgios Papagiannis may visit N.C. State and Oregon, but no dates are set, multiple sources told @SNYtv.— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) June 25, 2015
One source also says the possibility of Papagiannis remaining in Greece next season has 'gained traction' lately.— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) June 25, 2015
Papagiannis, who signed a professional basketball contract in Greece last year, has the ability to opt out and play in college for the 2015-16 season if he wants to. If he wants to being the key words there ... if Zagoria's sources are correct, he may be leaning toward staying in Europe, where he can, you know, continue to receive money for playing basketball. But it looks like he didn't play a whole lot last season, which might be a factor.
If he does decide to play college hoops, he could be an immediate impact player. Mark Gottfried actually made the trip to Greece to visit with him in person, so I think that tells us something. He is a top-100 player, per the consensus, and a couple of services rate him a five-star prospect. No doubt he'd help soften the blow of losing Kyle Washington to transfer during the offseason, as he'd likely improve NC State's defense while replacing some (all?) of Washington's offensive production.