Round 1, 23rd pick
Full Name: Efthimios Rentzias
Born: 1/11/76, Trikala, Greece
Club Team: Danaos Trikala
Greek League: PAOK
Weight: 243 lbs.
An early entry candidate for the 1996 NBA Draft, Efthimios Rentzias
has been a member of the Greek National Men's Basketball Team since the
age of 16, and will likely play for the Greek Olympic Team in the 1996
Olympics. He played past two seasons for PAOK in the Greek League after
playing for his hometown club team Danaos Trikala and was named top rookie
in the league in 1994-95 by vote of the sportswriters. He played in the
Junior World Championships in 1995, helping his team to first-place finish
and taking Most Valuable Player honors, and was a member of the Greek team
that finished fourth at the World Championship of Basketball in Toronto
in 1994, losing to Croatia in the Bronze Medal Game. Rentzias helped the
Greek Cadets national team to a gold medal in the 1993 European Championship.
In his second season in 1995-96, played 35 games in Greek regular season
and playoffs. Averaged 7.8 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. He shot 56
percent from the field and 71 percent from the free-throw line. Blocked
32 shots in 23 regular-season games. In European Cup play, averaged 10.3
points and 6.6 rebounds in 29.5 minutes per game.
As an 18-year-old in his first season in the league in 1994-95, played
sparingly in 32 games. Averaged 3.4 points and 3.4 rebounds, blocking 16
shots. He shot 52 percent from the field and 69 percent from the free throw
line. In European Cup play, averaged 2.3 points and 2.9 rebounds in just
10 minutes per game.