Bourousis was born in Karditsa, Thessaly, on November 17, 1983. He started playing basketball for local club GS Karditsa before transferring to AEK in 2002. In 2006, he left AEK for Barcelona but later that same year was picked up by Olympiakos on a four-year contract. After five years at the Reds Bourousis played two years for Milano (Italy), two years for Real Madrid (Spain) and one year for Baskonia (Spain) before returning to Greece and more specific Panathinaikos. After one year in the capital Bourousis went to China in 2017 to play for Zhejiang Lions. In 2019 he returned to Europa to play for Gran Canaria.
He was a member of the 2008 Olympics team. In six Olympic games, the 280lb Bourousis averaged 11.7 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 1.0 steal and impressed the most cynical of Greek fans. He was the second leading scorer on the Hellas team during the Olympics, trailing behind Vassilis Spanoulis’ 14.3 and ahead of bigger names such as Antonis Fotsis (11) and Theodoros Papaloukas (8.8). Boroussis was also second in rebounding after only Fotsis.
Bourousis played 174 games at the Greek squad and scored 1,644 points.
Bourousis is a four-time Greek All-star (2006-2009) and was named to the 2008-09 All-Euroleague First Team.
- Ioannis Bouroussis Profile (Euroleague.net)
- Beijing 2008 - Greek National Team accumulated stats (FIBA)