Sofoklis Schortsianitis

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Sofoklis Schortsianitis (Greek: Σοφοκλής Σχορτσιανίτης) is a Greek professional basketball player who currently plays for Trikala. His nicknames are "Baby Shaq and Big Sofo."

Sofoklis was born on June 22, 1985 in Tiko, Cameroon to a Greek father, a businessman, and a local mother. His family moved to Kavala, Macedonia, Greece when he was young. In Kavala, Sofoklis started playing basketball with local club Iraklis Potamia. In the summer of 2000, he transferred to Iraklis Thessaloniki.

Schortsianitis played three years for Iraklis in the Greek A1 Division. He was selected by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2nd round (34th overall) of the 2003 NBA Draft. Though the Clippers did not induct him in their club, they maintained contact with him and reserved their rights with him. Schortsianitis next played in Italy for Cantu (2003 - 2004) returning the following season to Greece where he joined Aris. In the summer of 2005, he transferred to Olympiakos.

Between 2010 and 2012, Schortsianitis played in Israel for Maccabi Tel-Aviv. In July 2012, he signed for Panathinaikos. In the summer of 2013 Schortsianitis returned to Maccabi and played there for another two seasons. Next stops in his career were Red Star Belgrade, PAOK, Apollon Patras (where he did not play a single match due to a raptured Achilles tendon) and Trikala.

Schortsianitis' was till 2010 a regular with the Greek National Basketball Team. He has been capped 54 times with 439 points scored.

In 2006 in Japan, he was instrumental in Greece defeating the USA 101-95 and reaching the final of the World Championships.

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