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Vassilis Charalampopoulos (basketball)

Vassilis Charalampopoulos[1][2] (alternate spellings: Vasileios, Vasilis, Basilis, Charalabopoulos) (Greek: Βασίλης Χαραλαμπόπουλος; born January 6, 1997) is a Greek professional basketball player for Ionikos Nikaias of the Greek Basket League, on loan from Olympiacos.

Vassilis Charalampopoulos
Charalampopoulos with Greece's Under-20 NT, in August 2015.
No. 7 – Ionikos Nikaias
PositionSmall forward
LeagueGreek Basket League
Personal information
Born (1997-01-06) January 6, 1997 (age 22)
Maroussi, Greece
Listed height2.04 m (6 ft 8 in)
Listed weight109.1 kg (241 lb)
Career information
Playing career2012–present
Career history
2019–presentIonikos Nikaias
Career highlights and awards

Early careerEdit

Charalampopoulos, a left-handed 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) tall,[3] 109.1 kg (241 lb) small forward, that can also play power forward, with a 2.11 m (6'11") wingspan;[4] started playing basketball with the youth teams of the Greek club Egaleo. He spent the 2011–12 season with the senior men's club of Egaleo. That same season, he played in the semi-pro level Greek B League, which is the 3rd-tier division of Greek basketball.

Professional careerEdit

Panathinaikos (2012–2018)Edit

In 2012, Charalampopoulos moved to the Greek 1st Division club Panathinaikos.[5] He made his pro debut in the 1st-tier level Greek League, during the 2012–13 season, on 26 November 2012, in a home game against Panelefsiniakos.[6] Charalampopoulos made his debut in the European-wide top-tier level EuroLeague, during the 2013–14 season, in a road game against Lokomotiv Kuban, on 13 December 2013.[7]

On June 25, 2016, Charalampopoulos extended his contact with Panathinaikos for eight years, through the 2023–24 season.[8] He was loaned to the Greek club PAOK, for the 2017–18 season. As part of his loan deal to PAOK, his contract with Panathinaikos was also restructured, as he signed a new 4-year contract with them, lasting through the 2020–21 season. The new contract also contained NBA buyout options after each season.[9]

On August 20, 2018, Charalampopoulos and Panathinaikos agreed to prematurely terminate their contract.

PAOK (2017–2018)Edit

On August 16, 2017, Charalampopoulos was loaned to Greek club PAOK, for the 2017–18 season.[10] With PAOK, during the 2017–18 Greek Basket League season, in 24 games played, he averaged 6.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists, and 0.8 steals per game, in 19.6 minutes per game.[11] He also played with PAOK in the European 3rd-tier level Basketball Champions League (BCL), where in 11 games played, he averaged 7.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.1 assists, and 0.5 steals per game, in 15.9 minutes per game, during the 2017–18 season.[12]

Lavrio (2018–2019)Edit

On August 24, 2018, Charalampopoulos signed a two-year deal (with an opt-out clause prior to the Greek playoffs for the 2019 NBA draft) with Lavrio of the Greek Basket League and the FIBA Europe Cup.

Olympiacos & Ionikos Nikaias (2019–present)Edit

On August 14, 2019, Charalampopoulos signed a four-year deal with EuroLeague side Olympiacos. On September 15, 2019, he was loaned to Ionikos Nikaias of the Greek Basket League for the 2019-2020 season.

National team careerEdit

Junior national teamEdit

With the junior national teams of Greece, Charalampopoulos played at the 2011, 2012, and 2013 editions of the FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship.[13] He won the bronze medal at the 2013 Under-16 tournament. He also played with Greece at the 2013 TBF Under-16 World Cup in Sakarya, Turkey, where he helped Greece win the gold medal, and was voted to the All-Tournament Team.

In the summer of 2014, Charalampopoulos played at the FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship and helped Greece reach the fourth place of the tournament. He finished the tournament being first in minutes per game, third in points per game and fifth in total rebounds, earning his place in the All-Tournament Team.[14][15]

In the summer of 2015, Charalampopoulos suffered a right ankle injury in a friendly game against the USA, and doctors initially said that it would be difficult for him to play at the 2015 FIBA Under-19 World cup.[16] Despite the injury, Charalampopoulos was able to play at the tournament, and he scored 21 points against the US in the tournament's semifinal.[17] Greece lost the semifinal game against the US, and Charalampopoulos was then injured once again in the third-place game, against Turkey, which Greece also lost, as they finished in fourth place.[18]

Charalampopoulos also played at the 2015 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship. In a game against France, he had 13 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists, making him the first player since Lithuania's Martynas Andriuškevičius to record a triple double at the same tournament.[19] Eventually, Greece beat Turkey in the tournament's final, by a score of 64–61, and won the gold medal.[20] Charalampopoulos was honoured as the MVP of the tournament.[21][22] During the tournament, Charalampopoulos averaged 16.6 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 5.2 assists per game.[23]

Charalampopoulos then played at the 2nd division level 2016 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship Division B, where he won a bronze medal, made the All-Tournament Team, and was named the MVP. He also played at the 2017 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship, where he won the gold medal and was named MVP of the tournament.[24]

Senior national teamEdit

Charalampopoulos became a member of the senior men's Greek national basketball team for the first time in 2016. He was selected as one of 12 players to compete with Greece at the 2016 Turin FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament.[25]

Career statisticsEdit

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  PIR  Performance Index Rating
 Bold  Career high

Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.


Cited from[26]
2013–14 Panathinaikos 1 0 2.8 .000 .000 .000 1.0 .0 .0 .0 0.0 0.0
2014–15 12 5 8.8 .571 .571 .750 1.2 0.7 .3 .2 2.2 2.9
2015–16 6 1 9.5 .375 .250 .667 2.0 1.0 .2 .2 1.5 3.7
2016–17 7 2 4.2 .333 .000 .000 .3 .0 .0 .0 .6 -.1
Career 26 8 7.5 .464 .417 .727 1.1 0.5 .2 .1 1.5 2.2

Awards and accomplishmentsEdit

See alsoEdit


  2. ^ 15 Vassilis Charalampopoulos.
  3. ^ Vassilis Charalampopoulos Height: 204 cm.
  4. ^ 2018 NBA Global Camp Anthropometric Testing Results.
  5. ^ Vasileios Charalampopoulos basketball profile.
  6. ^ 26 Νοεμβρίου 2012 07:00 | ΟΑΚΑ 07η Αγωνιστική | Κανονική Περίοδος | Basket League ΟΠΑΠ 2012-13 (in Greek).
  7. ^ 2013-14 Regular Season Round 9 DECEMBER 13, 2013 CET: 17:00 LOCAL TIME: 20:00 BASKET HALL.
  8. ^ Panathinaikos BC Announcement.
  9. ^ Ο Χαραλαμπόπουλος δέχθηκε μείωση 64% για να παίξει στον ΠΑΟΚ (in Greek).
  10. ^ Ο Βασίλης Χαραλαμπόπουλος στον ΠΑΟΚ (in Greek).
  11. ^ ΧΑΡΑΛΑΜΠΟΠΟΥΛΟΣ Βασίλης | STOIXIMAN.GR Basket League 2017-18 (in Greek).
  13. ^ Vasileios CHARALAMPOPOULOS (GRE).
  14. ^ U-18 Men Vasileios Charalampopoulos (Greece).
  15. ^ MVP Güven Heads All-Tournament Team.
  16. ^ Τραυματίστηκε ο Χαραλαμπόπουλος (in Greek).
  17. ^ ΗΠΑ - Ελλάδα 82 -76 (in Greek).
  18. ^ Ελλάδα - Τουρκία 71 - 8 (in Greek).
  19. ^ Έγραψε ιστορία ο Χαραλαμπόπουλος (in Greek).
  20. ^ Greece Emerge Champions After Nailbiter.
  21. ^ MVP Charalampopoulos Headlines All-Star Five.
  22. ^ Greece beat Turkey to win 2015 U18 European Championship.
  23. ^ Vasileios Charalampopoulos Greece stats.
  24. ^ Charalampopoulos crowned MVP after leading Greece to title.
  25. ^ Greek NT squad for OQT is announced.
  26. ^ CHARALAMPOPOULOS, VASILIS Stats Euroleague.

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